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Chris Bernard Of Brasher Falls Named Morrison Scholar At Clarkson University
[A photograph of Chris Bernard for newspaper use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/bernard.jpg.]
POTSDAM, N.Y. – Chris Bernard, a Clarkson University senior from Brasher Falls, N.Y., has been named the 1998-99 Mike Morrison Memorial Scholar. Bernard, a technical communications major and son of Doug and Kathleen Bernard of Brasher Falls, is the sixth recipient of the esteemed scholarship, named for the late Clarkson hockey star Mike Morrison.
Morrison, the Bellingham, Mass., hockey forward, entered Clarkson in September 1985 as a "walk-on" (non-scholarship) hockey player and went on to star for and captain the Clarkson University Golden Knight varsity hockey team during his senior year (1988-89).
Morrison was killed in a tragic construction accident several months after his graduation. His parents, Ed and Shirley Morrison, and family and friends established the Mike W. Morrison Scholarship Trust, a private foundation, for the purpose of creating a scholarship fund at Clarkson in their son's name.
At St. Lawrence Central High School, Bernard starred on and off the ice. The hockey team captain was a two-time team MVP, and was a First Team All-Northern pick and a two-time Section 10 All-Star, as well as a four-time All-Academic Team selection.
Bernard's success at Clarkson has been no different. After three years of sporadic action, he blossomed in his senior year, going undefeated in net (13-0-1) and helping the Golden Knights once again reach the NCAA tournament.
Bernard is just as focused off the ice. An excellent student with a 2.8 G.P.A., he has done volunteer work with the Potsdam Village Board and Clarkson's annual blood drive. Bernard is also serious about his responsibility as a role model. As a goaltender instructor at the Huron Hockey School, and a volunteer with Brasher Falls Youth Hockey, Bernard is teaching a whole new generation of goalies to follow in his footsteps.
I always felt that if I had the opportunity to make an impact on young players, I would seize the opportunity, said Bernard. "Hockey is a great sport, and the kids are great to work with. I learn a lot from them."