Men’s Hockey: Igor Martinez wins Elite 89™ Award for NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship

Men’s Hockey: Igor Martinez wins Elite 89™ Award for NCAA Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship

LAKE PLACID, N.Y.  – Senior forward Igor Martinez of the Norwich men's ice hockey team was the recipient of the Elite 89 award for the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship.

Martinez (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) is Civil Engineering major and currently carries a 3.85 GPA. He was presented with the award during the D-III Men's Ice Hockey banquet on Thursday evening at the Lake Placid Olympic Center.

This marks the second time that Martinez has won the award and the third straight year that a player from the Norwich men's hockey team has received the honor. Martinez won it for the first time in 2010 and then Alex Dubois won it last year when the Championship was held in Minnesota.

The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

For more information on the Elite 89 award winners, log on to NCAA.com/elite89.

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