Eight Forwards Among This Year's 10 Hobey Finalists
St. Lawrence, North Dakota With Two Each
CHN Staff Report
The 10 finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award were announced today. They are: Greg Carey, St. Lawrence; Carsen Chubak, Niagara; Austin Czarnik, Miami; Kyle Flanagan, St. Lawrence; Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College; Eric Hartzell, Quinnipiac; Corban Knight, North Dakota; Danny Kristo, North Dakota; Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud; and Ryan Walters, Nebraska-Omaha.
The 10 finalists are selected by voting from all 59 Division I college hockey head coaches. The 23-member Selection Committee will vote on a winner, with the top three vote getters announced as the Hobey Hat Trick. Those three will be invited to the award ceremony at the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, where the winner will be announced.
Carey leads the nation in goals (28) and power-play goals (14). Named to the ECAC First Team all-conference, Carey was the Saints nominee for the ECAC student-athlete of the year.
Chubak, a junior goalie, after playing nine games as a freshman and just one last year due to injury, rebounded with a fantastic year. He led the Atlantic Hockey Association in virtually all goalie statistics and was named First Team all-conference and tabbed Player of the Year.
Miami forward Czarnik is a sophomore, who represented the U.S. and won a gold medal at the World Junior Championships. On campus, Czarnik has been named CCHA First Team all-star and is a finalist for two more league awards, Player of the Year and Best Defensive Forward.
Carey's St. Lawrence teammate, Kyle Flanagan, gives the Saints two finalists for the first time. A two-year captain, Flanagan ranks ninth in the nation in scoring and fourth in assists, while his one and a third points per game average is fourth best in the country.
Gaudreau is the second sophomore on the list. He also was on Team USA's World Junior championship team. He led Hockey East in both scoring and assists this past season earning him First Team all-star honors. He was also named the league's Player of the Year.
Hartzell, a senior, led all ECAC goalies in conference play and was named Goalie of the Year, Player of the Year and First Team All-ECAC. His 1.50 goals against average is fourth best in league history and currently places him third in the nation.
Knight, a senior forward, at one point this season had a 19-game point streak, the longest North Dakota streak in 25 years. He currently ranks second in the nation in assists with 33 and was named to the WCHA Second all-star team. Knight has averaged over 58 percent on faceoffs the past three seasons.
Knight's teammate, the senior Kristo, has 24 goals to rank third in the nation, giving North Dakota a powerful one-two punch. An assistant captain, Kristo was named First Team WCHA, finishing second in the conference in goals and points.
LeBlanc was already named a WCHA First Team all-star plus, winner of both the Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year and the Player of the Year Awards – a first in the 52 year history of the WCHA. The outstanding playmaker has 37 assists to lead the nation and 50 total points to rank third overall, just two points back.
Walters, a junior at UNO, was the WCHA scoring champion and he leads the nation with 52 points. He was named First Team WCHA and completed his season a plus-26, ranking him second in the nation