COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College senior ice hockey student-athletes Danny Divis (Media, Pa./Minnesota Wilderness) and Kayla Kee (Newton, Mass./Newton South) were both presented with the Roger F. Keleher '15 Award on Thursday during a senior ceremony in Alliot Student Center. The duo drew the Department of Athletics' oldest annual award, which has been earned by outstanding scholar-athletes of the College's graduating class who maintain high scholastic averages since 1954.
A star on the blue line, Divis continues to pile up awards thanks to his prowess on and off the ice. The captain recently claimed his second straight Northeast-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete Sport Excellence Award, and earned all-league citations a combined five times from the NE10 and the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) in his career. Divis totaled 19 points on four goals and 15 assists this winter, leading all NE10 defensemen in points and assists while placing among the top 20 among all NCAA Division II/III blue liners in those two categories.
In April, he and senior Justin McKenzie earned the Hockey Humanitarian Award, college hockey's highest honor for character and citizenship across all three NCAA divisions, in recognition of the Hope Happens Here initiative they co-created to encourage mental health awareness in college students, in particular student-athletes. A 2016 Capital One NCAA Division II Academic All-District honoree, Divis was also named NE10 Academic All-Conference each of his final three years. He holds membership in the Chi Alpha Sigma, Delta Epsilon Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies and becomes the third consecutive men's ice hockey player to earn the Keleher Award, carrying a 3.850 cumulative grade-point average as an English major. Last week, Divis was honored with the College's John Reiss Award for English, and the Diane Claire Foster Award for sacrifice and service to others. He is considering professional playing opportunities before eventually enrolling in law school.
Kee was also a four-year defender for the Purple Knights, and served as a team captain for her senior season. She appeared in a school-record-tying 103 contests, the most ever by a Saint Michael's blue liner, while missing only one game in her career. She registered three goals and 14 assists, recording personal highs of four helpers each of the past three seasons.
An accounting major, Kee maintains a 3.959 cumulative GPA, and holds membership in the Chi Alpha Sigma, Delta Epsilon Sigma and Sigma Beta Delta honor societies. She was an NEHC All-Academic qualifier each of her final three winters, and was substantially involved with the Purple Knight Leadership Academy (PKLA). Kee also served as a peer tutor on campus, and was involved in several community service activities with her team. After graduation, she will begin her career as an audit associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Boston.
The Keleher Award was established in 1954 by the Connecticut Valley Alumni Chapter to honor Roger Keleher, a Springfield, Mass., native. A member of the Class of 1915, his dedication to both academic and athletic achievement provided the model for the scholar-athlete award that now bears his name. Keleher also received an honorary degree from the College in 1959, and is a member of the Saint Michael's College Athletic Hall of Fame.