MINNEAPOLIS – Omaha senior forward Ryan Galt has been named one of only 17 nominees nationally among all college hockey student-athletes for the Hockey Humanitarian Award, the Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation has announced.
The award is presented annually to college hockey's finest citizen, a student-athlete who not only contributes significantly to his or her team, but also to the community at-large through leadership in volunteerism.
The list of nominees includes 13 male student-athletes and four female student-athletes from both Division I and Division III. Galt is the only National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) player nominated for the award and one of nine Division I men's players up for the honor.
Galt, a native of Omaha, has been very active in his hometown during his time as a Maverick. He has visited sick children at the local Children's Hospital, and interacted with fans at Omaha's annual "Skate with the Mavericks." His biggest community outreach though, has been with Team IMPACT, as he helped "recruit" and "sign" Isaac Barchus, who suffers from CANDLE Syndrome, to become a member of the Mavericks.
Galt could become the second Maverick to be recognized for his outstanding community service. Jason Cupp was named the Hockey Humanitarian Award winner in 2001. Galt would become the first NCHC student-athlete to claim the honor.
Finalists for the award will be announced in February. The 2019 recipient will be honored in a ceremony on Friday, April 12 as part of the NCAA Men's Frozen Four weekend in Buffalo, N.Y.