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RPI's MacDonald Makes Final Cut for Award

By Ken Schott

Schenectady Daily Gazette, January 13, 2007

TROY - Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute senior forward Kirk Mac-Donald beat testicular cancer, and he has put a lot of effort into raising money to fight the disease.

That work was recognized Friday when MacDonald was named one of the five finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award.

The award goes to college hockey's finest citizen. The other finalists are Yale's Kristin Savard, Clarkson's Lindsay Williams, Ohio State's Jody Heywood and Wisconsin's Andrew Joudrey.

The award will be presented April 6 in St. Louis during the off day of the Frozen Four.

"It's an honor to do that stuff," MacDonald said after RPI's 5-0 loss to Union.

Earlier this week, MacDonald, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, was named winner of the Rensselaer Alumni Association Community Service Award. That will be presented to him next Friday during the first intermission against Clarkson.

"We're so proud of Kirk," RPI coach Seth Appert said. "He's such a great, young man. He's meant so much to this program, and to this area. With what he's overcome with cancer and, not only that, the kind of person he is, regardless of the illness that he overcame."

"How much he gives back to his teammates, how much he gives back to his community, both here and at home, he is the model student-athlete and everything that you're so proud of to be associated with college athletics."

MacDonald is RPI's second Humanitarian finalist. Pete Gardiner was a finalist in 1999.

Union forward Olivier Bouchard was nominated for the award, but didn't make the final list.