MADISON, Wis. - UW-Eau Claire's John Kearns (Sr.-Park Ridge, Ill./Maine South) and UW-Stout's Bobby Kuehl have been named co-recipients of the 2011 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Max Sparger Men's Ice Hockey Scholar-Athlete Award.
A senior from Park Ridge, Ill. (Maine South), Kearns carries a 3.48 grade point average and is majoring in healthcare administration with a minor in business finance. He is a three-time member of the WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll and was named to the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) All-Academic Team following the 2009-10 season. Kearns has also been recognized on UW-Eau Claire's Dean's List.
A team captain the past two years, he received All-NCHA honorable mention laurels this season. In 2010, Kearns secured All-WIAC first team recognition and All-NCHA honorable mention accolades. He was named the Blugold Freshman of the Year in 2008.
Kearns is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and UW-Eau Claire's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Kuehl, a senior from St. Paul, Minn. (Johnson), is majoring in engineering technology with a minor in supply chain management and maintains a 3.47 grade point average. He has secured WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll honors three times and is a two-time NCHA All-Academic member. Kuehl is also a five-time recipient of UW-Stout's Chancellors Award.
A team captain, he is a two-time All-WIAC first team choice, claiming the honor in 2007 and 2011, and received honorable mention status in 2008 and 2009. Kuehl is a three-time All-NCHA honorable mention selection and was a member of UW-Stout's NCHA Peters Cup champion team during the 2008-09 season.
UW-Eau Claire's Ross Janecyk (Sr., Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central) and UW-Stout's Robert Carr (Roseau, Minn.) were also nominated for this year's scholar-athlete award.
The WIAC Scholar-Athlete Award is named after Max Sparger, who served as commissioner of the Wisconsin State University Conference from July, 1971 - July, 1993.
In order to be nominated for the scholar-athlete award, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.25 grade point average. In addition, he must be in his last year of competition, or on schedule to graduate this academic year, and have competed for a minimum of two years.