The selection committee of the Hobey Baker Award, which is given annually to the player judged to be the best in NCAA men’s hockey, has announced it’s opening list of 81 candidates and 15 BCHL graduates are included.
This year, 15 former BCHL players are on the list of 81 names. After a round of fan voting and consideration by the selection committee, it will be narrowed to a top ten followed by a Hobey Hat Trick of the three finalists. From that, the ultimate winner will be named on April 12 at the NCAA Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y.
Players are chosen for Hobey Baker consideration based on criteria including strength and character on and off the ice, contribution to team integrity, outstanding hockey skill, scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.
Fans are encouraged to vote once per day online at HobeyBaker.com/vote
The following BCHL graduates are currently in the running:
|Adam Brubacher||RIT/Atlantic Hockey||Prince George Spruce Kings, Powell River Kings|
|Blake Christensen||AIC/Atlantic Hockey||Wenatchee Wild|
|Scott Conway||Providence/Hockey East||Penticton Vees|
|Diego Cuglietta||Lake Superior State/WCHA||Merritt Centennials|
|Cam Donaldson||Cornell/ECAC Hockey||Powell River Kings|
|Dante Fabbro||Boston University/Hockey East||Penticton Vees|
|Taro Hirose||Michigan State/Big 10||Salmon Arm Silverbacks|
|Yanni Kaldis||Cornell/ECAC Hockey||Nanaimo Clippers|
|Jake Lucchini||Michigan Tech/WCHA||Trail Smoke Eaters|
|Jarid Lukosevicius||Denver/NCHC||Powell River Kings|
|Corey Mackin||Ferris State/WCHA||Coquitlam Express|
|Cole Maier||Union College/ECAC Hockey||Nanaimo Clippers|
|Chase Priskie||Quinnipiac/ECAC Hockey||Salmon Arm Silverbacks|
|Mat Robson||Minnesota/Big 10||Penticton Vees|
|Brett Supinski||Union College/ECAC Hockey||Coquitlam Express|
In all, nine BCHL teams are represented. From among the nominees, Dante Fabbro is a Nashville Predators first-round draft pick, Chase Priskie was selected by the Washington Capitals after his freshman season at Quinnipiac, Taro Hirose is currently leading the NCAA in scoring, Corey Mackin was the 2015 BCHL scoring champ and Jarid Lukosevicius won the 2017 NCAA title with Denver scoring a hat trick in the final.
Others in the running include Colorado Avalanche first-round pick Cale Makar of the University of Massachusetts, Vancouver Canucks first-round draft pick Quinn Hughes of the University of Michigan, New York Rangers first-round pick K’Andre Miller of the University of Wisconsin and Ian Mitchell of the University of Denver who was a member of Team Canada at the recent World Junior Championship.