Thursday, April 4, 2013

Hobey Hat Trick and Spencer Penrose Award Nominees Named

The pool of 10 finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award has been whittled down to the Hobey Hat Trick. This year's top three:

Drew LeBlanc 

Sr., F, St. Cloud State (WCHA) 41 games, 13-37—50 points.
Johnny Gaudreau 

So., F, Boston College (HEA), 35 GP, 21-3151 points.
Eric Hartzell 
Sr., G, Quinnipiac, 40 GP, 29-6-5, 1.55, .933, 6 shutouts.

The award will be presented on April 12 between the semifinals and finals of the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four in Pittsburgh.

The finalists for this year's Spencer Penrose Award for the top coach in NCAA Division I men's college hockey have also been announced, according to

Keith Allain (Yale)

Has led the Bulldogs to their first Frozen Four since 1952 coach.
Norm Bazin (UMass Lowell)

Hockey East Coach of Year, Frozen Four coach.
Enrico Blasi (Miami)

CCHA Coach of the Year in the league's final season.
Dave Burkholder (Niagara)

Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year.
Mike Hastings (Minnesota State)

WCHA Coach of the Year.
Bob Motzko (St. Cloud State)

Has led the Huskies to their first-ever Frozen Four.
Rand Pecknold (Quinnipiac)

ECAC Coach of the Year, Frozen Four coach.

Yale faces UMass Lowell in the early national semifinal (4:30 p.m. ET) in Pittsburgh on April 11 at the Consol Energy Center, while Quinnipiac takes on St. Cloud later that evening. The winners then meet on April 13 at 7 p.m. to decide the Division I men's national championship.

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