Northeastern’s Missy Elumba was named the 2009 recip­ient of the BNY Mellon Wealth Man­age­ment Hockey Human­i­tarian Award on Friday in a cer­e­mony at the Ver­izon Center in Wash­ington, D.C. during the NCAA Frozen Four. The Human­i­tarian Award is given to col­lege hockey’s finest cit­izen and rec­og­nizes accom­plish­ments of per­sonal char­acter, schol­ar­ship and the giving of one­self off the ice to the larger community.

I am blown away by being named to this award,” Elumba said. “I don’t even think I deserve it, but being rec­og­nized for this honor is merely a tes­ta­ment to the impor­tance of putting others before your­self. That is a value I live my life by.”

Elumba is the 14th recip­ient of the Hockey Human­i­tarian Award and joins Husky All-​​American Chanda Gunn, who won the award as a senior in 2004. North­eastern is the only school with two Hockey Human­i­tarian Award winners.

Elumba has been con­sis­tently involved in a number of vol­un­teer, human­i­tarian and phil­an­thropic efforts throughout her five years at North­eastern. As part of the health sci­ence major’s many vol­un­teer expe­ri­ences, she spear­headed the cre­ation of North­eastern Students4Giving, an on-​​campus group focused on teaching North­eastern stu­dents how to be philanthropic.

Elumba also ven­tured out­side the North­eastern campus to pro­vide exten­sive help to indi­vid­uals and com­mu­ni­ties in the greater Boston area. At MOMS and MORE, a sub­stance abuse pro­gram for Latino and African Amer­ican mothers, Elumba ran a hol­iday toy drive to ben­efit the women’s families.

With the Boston Med­ical Center Grow Clinic she assisted with patient home visits and public rela­tions work, man­aged dona­tions, planned child activ­i­ties and improved patient com­pli­ance through building pro­fes­sional and trusting rela­tion­ships with the patients and their families.

Upon grad­u­a­tion, Elumba plans to con­tinue her com­mu­nity ser­vice work before enrolling in med­ical school.

In other North­eastern sporting news, junior goal­tender Brad Thiessen, who signed a two-​​year con­tract with the Pitts­burgh Pen­guins last week, was named a first-​​team All-​​American in a cer­e­mony Friday night at the Ver­izon Center. The Hockey East Player of the Year was one of three Hobey Hat Trick final­ists for the 2009 Hobey Baker Memo­rial Award, which honors col­lege hockey’s top player. Boston Uni­ver­sity defenseman Matt Gilroy won the award.

Thiessen enjoyed the most suc­cessful season of any goal­tender in North­eastern his­tory. He set school records in every major cat­e­gory, including wins (25), goals against average (2.12), save per­centage (.931), saves (1,195), games (41) and min­utes (2,495:44). He is Northeastern’s career leader in goals against average (2.40), save per­centage (.922) and shutouts (nine).

The jour­nalism major was recently named New Eng­land MVP and a New Eng­land All-​​Star. He was also selected as the Hockey East ITECH Goal­tending Cham­pion and received the Hockey East “Three Stars” Award.

The men’s hockey team fin­ished the reg­ular season in second place in Hockey East for the second time in team his­tory and reached the NCAA Tour­na­ment for the first time since 1994. North­eastern lost to Cor­nell, 3–2, in the first round of the tournament.