The Top 10 finalists were announced for the Hobey Baker award, and a pair of former Silverbacks made the cut. Taro Hirose from Michigan State was named a finalist, as was Quinnipiac Captain, Chase Priskie. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is presented annually to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player.

Hirose spent two seasons with the Silverbacks scoring 121 points in 116 games. With Michigan State, the forward had 116 points in 106 games. He was named the Big10 Player of the year March 19th, and that night also made his NHL debut playing with the Detroit Red Wings where he had one assist in a 3-2 win over the New York Rangers. This season he set career highs in goals (15), assists (35), and points (50). FUN FACT: Hirose was involved in 75% of his team’s game winning goals this year.

Priskie was a Silverback for one season where he had 20 points in 57 games. A fourth year player for Quinnipiac, the defenceman gathered 116 points in 152 games for the Bobcats. This season in his second tenure as team Captain, Priskie scored 17 goals which led all NCAA defencemen, and his 39 points had him in fifth.