UMaine athletic director Ken Ralph has been honored by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award.

Ralph spent 11 years at NCHC member Colorado College before coming to Maine. He played a significant role in helping get that new hockey conference off the ground.

"Like many others, Ken Ralph was instrumental in the NCHC's formation and for much of the success attained to-date," NCHC Commissioner Josh Fenton said. "We are honored to provide Ken with the well-deserved 2019 NCHC Distinguished Service award." - UMaine Press Release

The NCHC was formed in July of 2011. Colorado College was one of six founding member schools.

Minnesota-Duluth is one of the schools in the NCHC and won the NCAA championship earlier in the month.

It's the fifth person to receive the Distinguished Service Award.