2013 Hobey Hat Trick Announced
Gaudreau, Hartzell, LeBlanc on the List
CHN Staff Report
The Hobey "Hat Trick" was announced today by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation.
They are: Johnny Gaudreau, sophomore forward from Boston College; Eric Hartzell, senior goalie from Quinnipiac; and Drew LeBlanc, senior forward from St. Cloud State. LeBlanc and Hartzell will be among those participating in next week's Frozen Four.
Voting for the Hobey Baker Award was already totaled from among the members of the selection committee. The Hobey Hat Trick represents the top three vote getters, with the top vote getter kept secret until the Frozen Four in Pittsburgh. There is no further voting.
This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 12, 2013 from Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. The 33rd annual announcement will be aired live on the NHL Network at 6 p.m. (ET).
Gaudreau is coming off back-to-back 21-goal seasons. He tailed off from an amazing start, but still finished with more points per game than anyone in the nation. Gaudreau was a First Team all-star in Hockey East and named its Player of the Year. He was a draft choice of Calgary (4th round) and missed two games this past season to play for the U.S. World Junior Team, earning a gold medal while leading the IIHF tournament with seven goals.
Hartzell, a senior from White Bear Lake, Minn., has helped lead Quinnipiac to its first Frozen Four. The Bobcats have the top overall team defense in the nation (1.63 goals per game allowed). Hartzell will end up leading the nation in minutes played. In 40 games so far, Hartzell has a 1.55 goals against average (3rd in the nation) and a .933 saves percentage (8th in the nation). While leading all ECAC goalies in conference play, the league acknowledged him as a First Team all-star, Player of the Year and Goalie of the Year.
LeBlanc, from Hermantown, Minn., came off a redshirt season after severely breaking his leg last year. Skating with two freshmen for portions of the season, the two-year captain helped guide the Huskies to their first Frozen Four and will face Hartzell in national semifinals. He enters the tournament leading the nation in assists (37) and is seventh in points (50). LeBlanc is first player in the 52-year history of the WCHA to be named the Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year and the Player of the Year.