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Raboin a CLASS finalist

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Ten NCAA student-athletes, including SCSU senior defender Garrett Raboin of Detroit Lakes, who excel both on and off the ice were tabbed as finalists for the 2009-10 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in the hockey division.

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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 - classroom, character, community and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School™, the Lowe's 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.

The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 20 candidates who were announced in October.

Nationwide balloting begins immediately to determine the winner. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award™ winner in April at the NCAA Men's Frozen Four in Detroit, Mich.

The 2009-10 finalists are: Jean-Marc Beaudoin, Quinnipiac University; Cody Chupp, Ferris State University; Matt Fairchild, United States Air Force Academy; Colin Greening, Cornell University; Dion Knelsen, University of Alaska, Fairbanks; Martin Nolet, University of Massachusetts, Amherst; Raboin, St. Cloud State University; Rhett Rakhshani, University of Denver; Dan Ringwald, Rochester Institute of Technology; and Eli Vlaisavljevich, Michigan Technological University.

These 10 names will be placed on the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award hockey ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding March 16. Fan balloting is available on the award's official Web site, http://www.seniorCLASSaward.com, as well as through text messaging.

Fans can text HOCKEY to 74567 to vote for the finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.

Raboin has been a team leader during his four seasons with the Huskies. 

He has five goals and 11 assists this winter, and he ranks fifth in the team records for defenders with 75 career points (18g/57a). 

A two-time Academic All-WCHA recipient and two-time WCHA Scholar-Athlete, Raboin was named an All-WCHA Second Team selection in 2008-09. 

He has also served as a team captain over the past three seasons at SCSU.

Raboin is a resident of Detroit Lakes and a graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, where he played prep hockey for his father Bruce Raboin. 

He is a special education major at St. Cloud State.

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