ALBANY, N.Y. -- ECAC Hockey recently announced that Colin Greening of Cornell has been named the 2009-10 Men’s Student-Athlete of the Year selected for the honor by the league’s Awards Committee. The fourth recipient of the award, which recognizes academic achievement, as well as accomplishments on and off of the ice of ECAC Hockey student-athletes, Greening was one of eight fellow nominees for the honor.
Greening has excelled in high levels during his career at Cornell both in the classroom and on the ice. The St. John's, Newfoundland native showcased his leadership within the athletic department on the ice as two-time team captain, as well as in the academic honor societies.
With a demanding academic schedule, which included courses in calculus, psychology, and economics, Greening demonstrated that he could balance the rigors of both playing hockey and going to school at an institutional power such as Cornell. Greening has maintained a 3.99 grade-point-average while satisfying his requirements in upper-level courses in finance and economics to fulfill obligations for a degree in Applied Economics and Management.
In the classroom Greening is known as an engaging student who not only often has the answers, but one who continues his drive with asking questions in a thoughtful and insightful manner. The senior recently worked with a local entrepreneur in the Ithaca area to analyze data as part of the sale of the business. He is often sought out by his classmates to participate in group projects because he can be counted upon to take the initiative, follow through with what he undertakes, and takes pride in the quality of the outcome of the task.
During his senior season, Greening was second on the team in scoring this season with 24 points in league contests on 11 goals and 13 assists and tied for second in the league in game-winning goals with three. The senior was also recently named to the All-League Second-Team for the third consecutive season.
The four-time letterwinner is known as a powerful leader on the ice, who took few penalty minutes always using good judgement. Greening also was involved in several community service projects with not only the Big Red ice hockey team, but with other organizations on campus and within the community.
Other nominees for the award were Stephane Boileau, Union, Brian Day, Colgate, Tom Dignard, Yale, Jordan Pietrus, Brown, Tom Pizzo, Clarkson, John Riley, Harvard, and Cam Ritchie, Princeton.