Pair of Wings picks are Hobey finalists
Maine forward Gustav Nyquist and Wisconsin defenseman Brendan Smith are among 10 student-athletes that are finalists for the award.
In Detroit, the site of this year's NCAA Frozen Four, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation on Thursday announced the top 10 candidates for the 2010 Hobey Baker Award.
Besides Nyquist and Smith, the other finalists are Bobby Butler, New Hampshire; Marc Cheverie, Denver; Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin; Mark Olver, Northern Michigan; Chase Polacek, Rensselear; Rhett Rakhshani, Denver; Cody Reichard, Miami of Ohio; and Ben Scrivens, Cornell.
The finalists were selected by voting from all 58 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting at HobeyBaker.com. The 24-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting from March 19-28 will determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner.
Criteria for the award includes, strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
The Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists will be announced on March 31, and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced April 9 from Detroit's Ford Field, during the Frozen Four. The announcement will be aired live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. EDT.
Gustav Nyquist, University of Maine, Sophomore Forward, Malmo, Sweden: For the second straight year, this scoring whiz has led his team in points and this year has expanded his horizon to lead the entire nation with 59 points and in assists with 41 - all that in 37 games played. Nyquist was runner-up for Hockey East Player of the Year and was selected to the league First Team. Tied for first in Hockey East scoring - 41 points.
- The second-year student is on the Dean’s List majoring in Finance
- Maine is number one in power play conversion at 28percent
- All Tourney at Florida College Classic – Detroit draft pick
- Has 15 goals and 29 assists for 44 points in 36 games – 11 power play goals
- Detroit draft pick – Sociology major
- Topped the WCHA in points, goals and assists by a defensemen
- Has 19 goals and 28 assists for 47 points in 37 games – tied 11th nation points
- Physical Education/Coaching Major – Colorado draft pick
- CCHA Player of the Month in February – Player of the Week three times
- Currently is 18-3-3 overall – has 1.64 GAA – has .930 save percentage
- Has 5 shutouts – First Team CCHA all-star – Player of the Year finalist
- Finance major – Miami first in nation in team defense
- Has 27 goals and 23 assists for 50 points in 37 games – 7 power play goals
- Tied for first in Hockey East points with 41 – Walter Brown Award finalist
- Finalist for Hockey Humanitarian Award – Health Management Major
- Currently is 24-4-3 overall – has 1.94 GAA – has .937 save percentage
- Earned 6 shutouts – All Tourney at Wells Fargo Denver Cup tourney
- All Academic with 3.5 GPA in Finance - draft choice of Florida
- His dad Danny, granddad Bernie “Boom Boom” and great grandpa Howie Morenz all played for Montreal Canadiens – Boomer and Howie are enshrined in the Hockey Hall of Fame and have 9 Stanley Cups between them
- Has 23 goals and 18 assists for 41 points in 34 games – Nashville draft pick
- Has 26 goals and 26 assists for 52 points in 39 games – first RPI finalist in 8 years
- Second in the nation with 13 power play goals – has one-third of RPI PPG’s
- Business and Management Major with 3.4 GPA – All Academic three years
- Had 16 multiple-point games – has 20 goals and 29 assists in 38 games
- Majoring in Management with 3.5 GPA – All Academic three years
- NY Islanders draft pick - Volunteers with four organizations
- Currently is 19-8-4 overall – has 1.89 GAA – has .933 save percentage
- Earned 5 shutouts – First Team all-star in ECAC and Ivy League
- Three-year regular starter – Hotel Administration major
- Nominees by conference are: WCHA 4, Hockey East 2, CCHA 2, ECAC 2,
- By class nominees are: Senior 4, Junior 4, Sophomore 2
- By position nominees are: forwards 6, goalies 3, defensemen 1
- By nationality nominees are: U.S. 5 (Minnesota, Ohio, California, Tennessee, Massachussetts-1 each), Canada 4 (Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Nova Scotia-1 each), Sweden 1
- Hobey Baker Award Banquet will be held May 6, 2010 at 317 On Rice Park in St. Paul, Minnesota