Meet Connor Rodericks - Conn. College Men's Ice Hockey
Courtesy of Connecticut College Athletics
Connor Rodericks was named the winner of the 2020 Anita L. DeFrantz Award as Connecticut College’s Male Athlete of the Year during the athletic department’s annual banquet, after finishing his career as the most decorated student-athlete in the 40-year history of the institution’s men’s ice hockey program.
The goalie ended his illustrious four years owning five school records, which included finishing with a .929 career save percentage, a 2.47 goals against average, and four shutouts. Rodericks' .939 save percentage and 2.02 goals against average during his senior season rank first in the single-season program annals and improved his previous school-record marks which were established two years ago. His .939 save percentage led the NESCAC and ranked seventh nationally this past winter.
An outstanding student, Rodericks became the first Camel in program history to be recognized as a CoSIDA Academic All-American. He was also named the 2018 NESCAC Player of the Year, a CCM/AHCA All-America Second Team selection, and a New England Hockey Writers Association Division II/III All-Region honoree. The goalie is the only Camel men's ice hockey player to earn NESCAC Player of the Year and All-America laurels, and he is also one of just seven student-athletes across all 28 varsity sports to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American as well as an All-American in school history.
Rodericks' contributions to the community extend far beyond the ice, as he served as an Independent Living Coordinator for Residential Education and Living (REAL) as well as a Crew Captain for Love Your Melon Campus Crew. He was also a member of the Economics Student Advisory Board as well as a Senior Macro Analyst for the Peggotty Investment Club on campus. Furthermore, the goalie was among four Camel student-athletes who were recently inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, which is America's oldest and regarded as the most prestigious academic honor society that celebrates excellence in the liberal arts and sciences.
"The first rule in men's ice hockey recruiting is the GAGG rule – get a great goalie!” said head men’s ice hockey coach Jim Ward. “When Connor transferred in halfway through his freshman year, we had the luxury of having two great goalies who worked extremely hard for each other. Connor has tons of accomplishments, but most importantly, he is a great human being. He is also a great example of what an elite student-athlete is at the NESCAC level. The men's ice hockey team ethos is described by team first, competitiveness, family, and commitment, and Connor represents these traits in all that he does. He has been very successful at the college level, and he is going to be very successful in the path that he follows after college."
Following graduation, Rodericks, who earned his degree in economics, began his professional career as an Asset Management Analyst at Public Financial Management (PFM) in Harrisburg, Pa.