MINNEAPOLIS — Senior defenseman Cam Beecy, of the Norwich University men’s ice hockey team, is one of five finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award.
The Stowe native is the second finalist in Norwich hockey history, joining 2012 NU graduate Shawn Baker. The Hockey Humanitarian Foundation will donate $500 to a charity of Beecy’s choice because he reached the final round. The check presentation will occur Saturday prior to the start of Norwich’s game against Southern Maine at 4 p.m. in Kreitzberg Arena.
The 24th recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award, which recognizes college hockey’s “finest citizen,” will be announced April 12 as part of the 2019 NCAA Men’s Division I Frozen Four in Buffalo. The other contenders for this year’s top award are SUNY Fredonia’s Luke Rivera, Ohio State’s Tommy Parran and University of Wisconsin’s Annie Pankowski and Jake Bunz. Sidney Peters, from the University of Minnesota, was the 2018 recipient of the Hockey Humanitarian Award.
“Cam is a senior leader on our team on and off the ice,” Norwich coach Cam Ellsworth said. “Cam has played in eight of our team’s first 13 games and contributes both even strength and on the penalty kill. What is more impressive is that when he isn’t in the lineup, he is the first guy to work for his teammates. He will take off his suit jacket and sharpen skates or fix equipment without being asked. He is genuinely focused on the best way to help our team be successful every day.”
Beecy was a sophomore on Norwich’s 2017 NCAA Division III National Championship team, helping guide the Cadets to the fourth national title in program history. He has played in 34 career games, registering two goals and three assists as a shutdown defenseman.
Beecy carries a 3.82 GPA as a nursing major and has been a two-time New England Hockey Conference All-Academic team honoree. He is a four-year Air Force ROTC Scholarship recipient and will be commissioning as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air Force upon graduating in May. He will serve a minimum of four years of active duty after graduating and then another two in the reserves. As a junior, Beecy was a flight commander responsible for training 16 Air Force ROTC cadets.
Beecy has also captained the Positive Trackers youth team for several years at the annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament. The Wiffle Ball Tournament raises over a half-million dollars annually for those with spinal cord injuries.
This past summer, Beecy organized and hosted an outdoor-circuit workout competition in Stowe designed to champion suicide prevention. The event raised $8,000 for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Beecy was motivated by his friend and teammate Kacy Pavlik, who died by suicide in 2009. Beecy’s goals are to let young people know that they can make a difference in others’ lives because often they are the first to see warning signs in their friends and peers.
“Losing Kacy replaced my joy with pain and a heavy heart,” he said. “He’s the reason I’m acting to provide insight and support for those affected by, or considering, suicide.”
Beecy has also served a youth summer hockey camp coach for the Vermont Flames for the past five years. Last year, he was the head coach of a 12-year-old youth team in Central Vermont. He was one of five finalists for a national fundraising award called the Courageous Use of Sport Award through his work with Positive Tracks, a national nonprofit organization that empowers youth to use sport as a catalyst for change.
Beecy served as Youth Ambassador Board member with Positive Tracks for the last three years, but he has been involved with the organization since his prep school days at Kimball Union Academy. In his role as a youth ambassador, he serves as a mentor to youth and provides guidance related to program development and strategic growth.
After first partnering with Positive Tracks in high school, Beecy organized a 3-on-3 soccer tournament at Kimball Union Academy. His goal was to mobilize peers to help eradicate AIDS and better understand stigmas about getting tested for HIV.