The Hobey Baker Award is one of the most prestigious honors an NCAA hockey player could receive.
On Wednesday, 10 candidates for the award given to the top player in college hockey were revealed. Three finalists will be announced on April 2nd, and the winner will be publicized on April 10th.
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar won the award last year and has had an instant impact this season until the NHL Pause. The college hockey season was canceled on March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The ten finalists were selected by voting from all 60 Division I college hockey head coaches plus online fan balloting per HobeyBaker.com. 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. Six of the 10 finalists have already been drafted by NHL teams
In alphabetical order, the players are:
Morgan Barron, Jr., F, Cornell
Jason Cotton, Sr., F, Sacred Heart
Jack Dugan, So., F, Providence
David Farrance, Jr., D, Boston University
Jordan Kawaguchi, Jr., F, North Dakota
John Leonard, Jr., F, Massachusetts
Dryden McKay, So., G, Minnesota State
Marc Michaelis, Sr., F, Minnesota State
Scott Perunovich, Jr., D, Minnesota Duluth
Jeremy Swayman, Jr., G, Maine
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