MADISON, Wis. – Ohio State men’s hockey defenseman Sasha Larocque has been selected a finalist for the 2018-19 Senior CLASS Award. Larocque, an earth sciences major and Academic All-Big Ten selection from Calgary, Alberta, is a two-time captain for the No. 3-ranked Buckeyes, who are 10th nationally in scoring defense.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Larocque is one of 10 finalists, who were chosen by national media from the list of candidates announced in the fall. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner and fans are encouraged to submit votes online at the Senior CLASS Award website through April 8. Fan votes will be combined with those of the media and Division I head coaches to determine the winners. The Senior CLASS Award recipients will be announced during the 2019 NCAA Men’s Frozen Four®.
This season, Larocque has played in 25 games and has a 2-5-7 line, with a team-best +13 rating and 38 shot blocks. He was named Big Ten Second Star of the Week Dec. 28. Ohio State is limiting opponents to 2.12 goals per game and has allowed two or fewer goals in 20 of 26 games.
Larocque has played in 132 games in the Scarlet and Gray, with 35 points, a +49 rating (the best for a Buckeye since at least 2000) and 237 shot blocks. In 2018 he was a Second Team All-Big Ten honoree and named to the NCAA Midwest Regional All-Tournament Team as the Buckeyes advanced to the NCAA Frozen Four. Larocque is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete.
The Buckeyes – 17-5-4 overall and 10-3-3-2 in Big Ten play this year – take on Wisconsin this weekend. The teams will meet at 8 p.m. ET Friday and Saturday in the Kohl Center in Madison. FS Wisconsin Plus will televise the games, with SportsTime Ohio and BTN2Go carrying the broadcast. Ohio State radio will also have the call.