After almost a month of fan voting, Northeastern Huskies junior forward and Vancouver Canucks draft pick Adam Gaudette leads in the fan voting portion of the Hobey Baker race, collecting 8.2 percent of votes from among the 74 nominees.
BCHL fans still have time to stuff the ballot box as nine league graduates are in the running.
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The BCHL players up for the award, given annually to the top player in NCAA hockey are Langley Rivermen grad Mitch McLain of Bowling Green, Penticton Vees grad Olivier Mantha of Alaska-Anchorage, Victoria and Cowichan Valley grad Myles Powell of RIT, Trail Smoke Eaters grad Nick Halloran of Colorado College, Powell River Kings grad Ryan Scarfo of Union College, Nanaimo Clippers grad Cole Maier of Union, Cowichan and West Kelowna grad David Pope of Nebraska-Omaha (Detroit draft pick), Nanaimo Clippers grad Sheldon Rempal of Clarkson and Salmon Arm Silverbacks grad Taro Hirose of Michigan State.
Mantha currently has the most fan votes among the BCHL alums.
Other notable names in the running include Anaheim Ducks draft pick and U.S. Olympian Troy Terry of the University of Denver, Buffalo Sabres first-round draft pick Casey Mittelstadt of the University of Minnesota, and Dallas Stars draft pick and gold medalist for Canada at the World Junior Championships Colton Point of Colgate University.
The list will be narrowed to 10 names after this round of fan voting and from that, a Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists will be selected. The winner of this year’s Hobey Baker Award will be announced Friday, April 6 at the NCAA Frozen Four being held this year in St. Paul, Minn.