Chris Lorenc, Hamilton College
Chris Lorenc was a four-year letter winner for the men's ice hockey team and a two-time member of the NESCAC Winter All-Academic team. Lorenc finished his 95-game career with 43 goals and 36 assists. He led the Continentals with 13 goals and 25 points as a senior, when he served as one of the assistant captains. He was named NESCAC player of the week on Dec. 8, 2008, after he tallied three goals and added three assists during two wins. In 2008-09, he ranked second in the NESCAC with 17 goals and fifth with 30 points.
Lorenc received the program's Sellers Award after 2009-10. The award is presented to the player who, in the judgment of his teammates and coaches, contributed greatly to the success of the program through his effort and performance both on and off the ice. The chemistry major discussed how he balanced academics and athletics. "I try to manage my time wisely and use it as efficiently as possible," he said. "On occasion, small sacrifices of the social life are necessary, such as for extra studying for midterms. This may entail some long nights and early mornings in the library."
Lorenc grew up in Clifton, N.J., and attended Wyoming Seminary Prep in Kingston, Pa. He was hooked on hockey at an early age. "My father always watched NHL games on the television. Being in northern New Jersey, a Devils, Rangers or Islanders game would always be on. Also, I have a brother that is five years older, and as a little kid growing up I always followed him and wanted to be around him. We would always have intense knee hockey games in the basement or battles with street hockey. So when my brother took up ice hockey, I immediately wanted to follow him and get out on the ice."
Lorenc was a big fan of the Colorado Avalanche, and specifically Joe Sakic, who Lorenc tried to mirror his own game after. "Sakic just retired last season, but the way he saw the ice was amazing. He was always involved in the play and always in the right places. He had an unbelievably quick release when he shot the puck, and scored numerous goals moving to the left and shooting to the right. That has become my favorite shot to shoot."