Price Nominated for Humanitarian Award

Women’s Ice Hockey | 1/25/2022 2:07:00 PM

TROY, NY – The Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation today announced its nominees for the 2022 Hockey Humanitarian Award and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) student-athlete Hannah Price has been selected as one of 11 across NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey. The award, which is celebrating its 27th season, is presented annually to college hockey’s finest citizen — a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her team but also to the community-at-large through leadership in volunteerism.

A junior defender from Pittsburgh, Pa., Price has been a leader on and off the ice for the Engineers since stepping on campus in 2019. A member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for the last two years, she has helped expand the group’s efforts to improve the RPI community and surrounding area, including a co-sponsored blood drive with the American Red Cross, where she was responsible for recruiting and promoting the event.

On campus, Price has helped make National Girls & Women in Sports Day a resounding success, teaching basic hockey skills to area youth, who may not otherwise have the opportunity. She also participated in a mentoring program with Troy School 14, weekly meeting over Google Meets with her reading partner, offering motivation, comprehension and fluency during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During her time in Troy, Price has worked with the Food Recovery Network, collecting leftover food from dining facilities and delivering the food to homeless shelters multiple times each week. She also works closely with Troy Street Soldiers II, where she hands out water, food and basic necessities to the less fortunate in the city.

In her hometown of Pittsburgh, Hannah spearheaded the city’s participation in the Natural Resource Defense Council’s Food Matters programs as a Food Policy intern. Through her efforts, they were able to increase the size, diversity, and participation of the Food Matters Working Group. She was key in the successful campaign for Food Matters Month (December 2021) including social media outreach with all working group members, and a panel discussion with local leaders in the field.

Price’s leadership style is derived from her empathy and sincere concern for the needs of others. She exemplifies the Engineers’ team values ​​– Love, Integrity, Family, and Toughness – which spell out the acronym LIFT, from which the phrase “Lift Up” is used within the program. She combined her passion for social justice with her love of hockey to lead the team in important conversations surrounding racism in hockey. Partnering with the Black Girls Hockey Club and two of the black players on the RPI roster, she moderated discussions surrounding the experiences of minorities in the sport.

Price has played in all 23 games for the Engineers this season, recording one goal and four assists for five points. Compiling a -4 rating, she has taken just one minor penalty for two minutes, while registering 15 shots on goal and 26 blocks at the defensive end. In 57 career games at RPI, she has two goals and six assists for eight points.

An Economics and Sustainability Studies dual major, Price is a multiple Dean’s List and ECAC Hockey All-Academic selection. When RPI’s 2020-21 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she received the team’s Bill Cahill Memorial Award, presented annually to a player who displays high character, ability and dedication. In 2021, she received third prize in the McKinney Writing Contest for her entry in Undergraduate Essay/Creative Nonfiction.

Finalists for the 2022 Hockey Humanitarian Award will be announced in February. The 2022 recipient will be honored on Friday, April 8th during the NCAA Men’s Frozen Four weekend in Boston, Massachusetts.

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