Three forwards will vie for the 2014 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey, with today’s announcement of the Hobey Hat Trick by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation at hobeybaker.com. The three skaters remaining out of the original pool of 10 finalists are Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau, St. Lawrence University’s Greg Carey, and St. Cloud State University’s Nic Dowd.
The top scorer in the nation, Gaudreau has posted 35 goals and 42 assists for 77 points in 39 games. The Carney's Point, N.J. native had three goals and eight points in two wins at last weekend’s NCAA Northeast Regional in Worcester, Mass., and will now face Union College in a Frozen Four semifinal in Philadelphia on April 10. A fourth-round draft choice of the NHL’s Calgary Flames in 2011, he has put up 77-96—173 points in 118 total outings with the Eagles.
Carey, from Hamilton, Ont., concluded his college career with 18-39—57 points in 38 games with SLU, and set new personal season-highs in assists and points. Currently the third-leading scorer in the nation, he scored two goals in a 4-3 loss at Colgate on March 15 in an ECAC quarterfinal playoff match to finish his tenure with the Saints. He recently signed a pro contract with the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes, after notching 84-101—185 points in 152 college contests.
Dowd, of Huntsville, Ala., scored the game-winning goal in overtime Saturday night as SCSU edged Notre Dame, 4-3, in the first round of the NCAA West Regional in St, Paul, Minn. He played his final college contest a night later in a 4-0 loss to Minnesota, and subsequently signed a free agent contract with the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. Dowd finished the campaign with 22-18—40 points in 38 appearances with the Huskies, establishing new personal season-highs in goals and points. He finished his SCSU career with 52-69—121 points in 155 games.
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be presented on April 11 in Philadelphia.