North Andover's Bobby Farnham and Andover's Tucker Mullin, who were linemates at Phillips Academy, are among the 23 finalists (17 men, 6 women) for college hockey's 17th annual Hockey Humanitarian Award.
The winner will be announced at the Frozen Four in April in Tampa.
Mullin, a junior standout at St. Anselm's, has done amazing work with the Thomas E. Smith Fight to Cure Paralysis Foundation, which he co-founded.
Farnham was so impressed that he and Brown adopted it as their charity for the "Goals for Good" program.
Farnham also is an ambassador for Team Impact, which develops relationships between teams and children facing life-threatening diseases.
He and the Bears have "adopted" Ethan Bairos, a 7-year-old with leukemia.
"It's been awesome," said Farnham, a senior assistant captain. "He's become a part of our team. We taught him how to skate. He's an inspiration. It's been rewarding for both sides."
Farnham is also athletic co-chair of the senior gift committee, was one of the coordinators of Brown's "Benchpress for Cancer" fundraiser, and volunteers at the Vartan Gregorian and Dr. Martin Luther King elementary schools.
Then there was his heroism this summer. A few days after Hurricane Irene, he and five of his teammates helped rescue three teens struggling in a riptide at a local Rhode Island beach.
Three teammates helped two girls. He and two others helped a boy.
"I went over with two other teammates with a surfboard and a boogie board," he explained. "He was just floating. He was so tired, he couldn't get out. After 10 minutes we got to shore. We were lucky we were there. It's scary to think if we weren't."