CHICAGO – Junior defenseman Thomas Aiken has been named the recipient of the Elite 90 Award for men's hockey, as announced by the NCAA at the Frozen Four reception in Chicago Wednesday, April 5.
Aiken, an economics major from Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, has a GPA of 3.80. Aiken is the second Harvard student-athlete to receive the Elite 90 Award since its creation prior to the 2009-10 academic year. Women's fencer Noam Mills earned the honor during the 2010-11 season.
The Elite 90 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 90 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.
All GPAs are based on a straight grading scale to ensure consistency among institutions. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed. Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school.