The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is very pleased to announce the top ten candidates for the 2014 award honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Josh Archibald, Nebraska-Omaha, Greg Carey, St. Lawrence, Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State, Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State,Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College, Shayne Gostisbehere, Union, Kevin Hayes, Boston College, CJ Motte, Ferris State, Joel Rumpel, Wisconsin and Adam Wilcox, Minnesota.
The ten finalists were selected by voting from all 59 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting at www.hobeybakeraward.com. Next, the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting (at www.hobeybakeraward.com from March 20-30) will determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
The Hobey Hat Trick (three finalists) will be announced on April 2, 2014 and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 11, 2014from Philadelphia, PA during the NCAA Frozen Four. The award announcement will be televised live on NHL Network or live on the Hobey Baker website at 6:00 p.m. ET. Following, in alphabetical order, is a look at each finalist.
Josh Archibald – University of Nebraska-Omaha, Junior, Forward, Brainerd, Minnesota
A dangerous offensive threat, Archibald becomes the first ever scoring champion of the new NCHC recording 32 points in 24 conference games. Heading into conference championships, he is second in the nation in goal scoring (29) in 37 games. Named First Team all-conference, he’s a finalist for the circuit’s Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.
· Had 29 goals, 14 assists for 43 points in 37 games – had 6 game-winners and 8 power play goals
· General Studies major – regular visitor to Children’s Hospital and Adopt A Family
· Pittsburgh draft pick (6th round) – coach Dean Blais also coached his dad Jim at UND
Adam Wilcox – University of Minnesota, Sophomore, Goalie, South St. Paul, Minnesota
Numerous honors have already been awarded to Wilcox including Big Ten Player of the Year, Goalie of the Year and First Team all-conference. Presently sitting third in the nation in goals against average and second in save percentage, he has been instrumental in the Gophers 16-week stay atop the national rankings. In 25 of 33 games played, he allowed two goals or less.
· Currently has a record of 23-4-6 with three shutouts - .934 save percentage is 2nd nation
· Has a goals against average of 1.91 for 3rd in nation – first in Big Ten in GAA and SP
· Has posted top two single season goals against averages in 93-year Gopher history
Nominees by conference: Big 10 – 3, Hockey East - 2, NCHC – 2, ECAC – 2, WCHA - 1
By class nominees are: Senior 3, Junior 6, Sophomore 1
By position nominees are: Forward 6, Defense 1, Goalie 3
By nationality nominees are: U.S. 8 (Minnesota-2, Massachusetts, Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey-1 each), Canada 2 (Saskatchewan, Ontario-1 each)
Hobey Baker Award Banquet will be held May 29, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota
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