Duluth native Jack Connolly was named the 2012 Hobey Baker Award winner on Friday, April 6 in Tampa, Fla.
Connolly, a senior at UMD, scored 20 goals and 40 assists for 60 points in 41 games this season. He never missed a game in his four years with a Bulldogs sweater on. He helped lead UMD to its first-ever NCAA National Championship last spring. It was his second-consecutive season being named as a top-10 finalist.
Connolly will be honored at the Hobey Baker Award Banquet on May 17, 2012 at 317 on Rice Park in Saint Paul, Minn.
Wow! I'm humbled and honored by this award. This only happens with great teammates, coaches, staff, & the best fans in hockey.#BulldogNation
More on Mr. Connolly's remarkable four-year career and overall character from the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation:
A hometown hero from Duluth, Minn., Connolly is two-time All American who lit up the WCHA this past season winning the regular season conference scoring title, being named a First Team all-star for the third consecutive year and topped it all off as the WCHA Player of the Year. Tremendous skill as a playmaker defined Jack’s game as he had an innate ability to see the ice and make smooth, intelligent puck decisions.
Durability was an added bonus – he never missed a college game, dressing for 166 straight games in donning the Bulldog maroon and gold. Consistency was another strength - he was held pointless for consecutive games only twice in his four-year career and established a school record 22-game point streak this past season.
Jack is as determined off the ice as he was on it. A Communications major sporting a 3.3 GPA, he is a three-time All-Academic Student-Athlete in the WCHA. He’s active in community endeavors helping with trash clean-up in the Adopt-A-Highway program, visiting Duluth hospitals, volunteering with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and working with various cancer fund-raisers. Hockey runs deep in the Connolly family as Jack’s older brother Chris, was the captain and second leading scorer for Boston University this past season. Connolly is a pro hockey free agent.
Connolly becomes the fifth Minnesota-Duluth Bulldog to be named the award winner. Previous winners were: Junior Lessard (2004), Chris Marinucci (1994), Bill Watson (1985) and Tom Kurvers (1984). Minnesota-Duluth has had the most Hobey Baker Award winners.