Will Bruce, Williams College
Will Bruce distinguished himself as a leader on and off the ice while at Williams College.
Bruce was a four-year letter winner, majoring in history and economics, who achieved Dean's List honors each semester and Academic All-NESCAC honors each year he was eligible. He earned a two-year fellowship at University of Oxford in England where he will enter the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program (PPE).
Not only a four-year letterman for Williams, Bruce played in 97 games, netting 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points. In his senior season, he scored four game-winning goals. In total, he had five goals and one assist while playing in all 25 games for the Ephs during the 2007-2008 season.
But if was his off-ice activities that garnered the most attention for Bruce during his senior year. The Hockey Humanitarian Award Foundation awarded him the 2008 Hockey Humanitarian Award, presented by BNY Mellon Wealth Management. Bruce was the 13th recipient of the award, which was created to recognize college hockey players who give back to their communities in the true humanitarian spirit.
Bruce also received the Wooden Cup from Athletes for a Better World as the nation's top role model among college athletes. He was previously honored by Williams with the Grosvenor Cup, Campus Life Dedication to Service Award and in the community by the Northern Berkshire Community Coalition for his involvement with 17 different community service organizations he has created or is directly involved in.
Some of Bruce’s achievements off the ice at Williams include:
As a sophomore, he designed a “Read for Fun” program to encourage reading among local youth hockey players. Also, Bruce and a teammate took over the organizing duties for “Best Buddies,” a program that matches the mentally and physically handicapped with Williams students for social interaction and activities.
As a junior, Bruce developed a financial education curriculum that he taught to low-income adults, and organized a volunteer service group that provided free-of-charge financial education and tax assistance for low-income adults and families.