Minnesota-Duluth senior forward and Duluth native Jack Connolly is the winner of the 2012 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top player in college hockey. He was honored on Friday in Tampa, Fla., the site of this year's NCAA Frozen Four.
Connolly, who helped his hometown Bulldogs to their first-ever national title last spring, was second overall to fellow Hobey Baker finalist Spencer Abbott of Maine with 20 goals and 40 assists for 60 points this winter. Austin Smith of Colgate, the third Hobey Baker finalist this year, led the nation with 36 goals.
“Just to hear my name, it’s a feeling that’s pretty much unexplainable," said Connolly at NCAA.com.
Connolly tallied 66-131—197 points in 166 outings with UMD, never missing a game in his collegiate career, and led the Bulldogs in points his last three campaigns while also being named a first-team All-WCHA choice in each of those years.
He is the fifth Bulldog to win the Hobey Baker, joining Tom Kurvers (1984), Bill Watson (1985), Chris Marinucci (1994) and Junior Lessard (2004). UMD now has more Hobey Baker Award winners than any other Division I school.