Thursday, April 06, 2006

Hobey Baker Award Finalists

Today the top 3 finalists were named for the Hobey Baker Award (the NCAA Hockey equivalent to the Heisman Trophy) while the NCAA is hosting their "Frozen Four" championship tournament.

Baker, a native of Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, played multiple sports at Princeton University in 1910 (including ice hockey). He entered the World War I as a fighter pilot, but died tragically in a test flight crash in 1918. The ice rink at Princeton plays is named in Hobey's honor.

The three finalists are:

  • Matt Carle, defenseman, Denver (junior)

  • Chris Collins, forward, Boston College (senior)

  • Brian Elliott, goalie, Wisconsin (junior)

Just like the Heisman, winning the trophy does not guarantee immediate stardom and success, the last two winners of the trophy Junior Lessard (forward, University of Minnesota Duluth) and Marty Sertich (forward, Colorado College). But there are more familiar names on the past winners list that can be more recognizable.

[Via: Yahoo! Sports News]
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