Friday, March 18, 2011

Jack Connolly Named Hobey Baker Finalist

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is the most prestigious honor given out in college hockey. Annually, it is awarded to the sport's top player, with the nod also given to those who are good people off the ice.

In the award's history, it has been won by four UMD Bulldogs: Tom Kurvers, Bill Watson, Chris Marinucci, and Junior Lessard.

In 2010, UMD is going after a fifth Hobey winner.

Junior All-America center Jack Connolly has been named a finalist for the award. The list of ten finalists was released by the committee Thursday.

Entering the WCHA Final Five Thursday afternoon, Connolly has 15 goals and 54 points to lead the Bulldogs and tie for the WCHA lead with North Dakota's Matt Frattin, who has played in two more games (39 to Connolly's 37). Connolly has 1.46 points per game, tops in the WCHA and third in the nation behind Miami senior Andy Miele and Niagara's Paul Zanette.

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