Porter, Gerbe, Jones Comprise Hobey Hat Trick
CHN Staff Report
The three finalists for the 2008 Hobey Baker Memorial Award were announced Wednesday afternoon. The "Hobey Hat Trick" is comprised of Michigan senior forward Kevin Porter, Boston College junior forward Nathan Gerbe, and Miami senior forward Ryan Jones.
Each of the three finalists led his respective team in scoring this season, as this is the first year since 2002 that a goaltender has not been named one of the three finalists for the Award. This will also be the first year since 2001 (Ryan Miller — Michigan State) that a non-WCHA player will win the Award.
Porter, one of only two seniors for Michigan, led the Wolverines with 32 goals and 29 assists in 42 games. 15 of Porter's goals came on the power play, and five of them were game-winners. His on-ice rating of plus-33 is also a team-high, and his 62 points are the most of any player in the country.
In the NCAA East Regional in Albany, N.Y., last weekend, Porter scored five goals and added an assist to lead the Wolverines to the NCAA Frozen Four, where they will face Notre Dame next Thursday night in Denver, Colo.
Gerbe will also play in the Frozen Four, as the Eagles play North Dakota in the second semifinal. Gerbe has 30 goals and 30 assists in 41 games this season and is second in the nation in point-scoring. He is also third on the team with 65 penalty minutes.
Jones led the Redhawks with 31 goals and 18 assists in 42 games this season. The Chatham, Ont., native also led the team in penalty minutes with 85. Jones, who tallied a hat-trick on three different occasions this season, was asked to carry the load for the Miami offense with star Nathan Davis injured for most of the season.
The winner of the Hobey will be announced on Friday April 11 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo., during the NCAA Frozen Four weekend. The announcement will be televised live on ESPNU.