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Dalbec named WIAC Scholar-Athlete

WIAC Commissioner Dr. Gary Karner (left) presents Yellowjacket senior Pat Dalbec with the 2014 Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete Award prior to Saturday’s WIAC championship game with UW-Eau Claire. (Photo courtesy of UW-Eau Claire Athletic Department)

Superior Telegram

University of Wisconsin-Superior senior forward Pat Dalbec has been named the recipient of the 2014 Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete Award for men’s hockey by the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

A pre-engineering major with a double minor in physics and math, Dalbec has a 3.76 grade point average and will graduate from UWS in May. He is a three-time WIAC Scholar-Athlete and was named to the NCHA All-Academic Team in 2012-13. Dalbec has also been named to the Dean’s List at UWS.

On the ice, the former Superior Spartan proved durable, missing just one game in his career, and consistent, scoring 48 goals and 47 assists for 95 points in 112 games. He was a three-time All-WIAC First Team pick and was also named All-NCHA in 2012-13. A team captain as a senior, Dalbec was voted the team’s most valuable player as a sophomore and junior and was named the team’s best defensive player after his junior season.

“Pat represents everything that is good about college sports and everything that we try to develop in a student-athlete,” UWS coach Dan Stauber said. “He quietly went about his business, both on the ice and off, and worked extremely hard to get the most out of his experience. The results speak for themselves. He was a great, two-way player for four seasons and got a lot of honors for his hockey, and now this one gives him some recognition for his work in the classroom. I’m thrilled for Pat.”

Also nominated for the award were Eau Claire’s Alex Olson and Stout’s Zach Vierling.

In order to be nominated for award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.50 grade point average. In addition, he must be in his last year of competition, or on schedule to graduate this academic year, and have competed for a minimum of two years.