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Jack Connolly Named Hobey Baker

04/09/2012, 9:48am CDT
By MHJ Staff

Duluth native named top player in college hockey

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.

He tweeted:

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.

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