Gaudreau, Dowd, Carey are Hobey Hat Trick
CHN Staff Report
Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau, St. Cloud State's Nic Dowd and St. Lawrence's Greg Carey, all forwards, were announced today as this year's "Hobey Hat Trick" by the Hobey Baker Award Committee.
The "Hobey Hat Trick" represents the top three vote getters in award voting. There is no further voting; the winner has already been determined, but is unknown publicly. The three top vote getters are invited to the award ceremony, which takes place Friday during the Frozen Four, April 11 in Philadelphia.
The nation's coaches determine the Top 10, and then a voting committee of 27 people, representing a cross section of coaches, scouts and media, vote from among the 10.
Gaudreau, a repeat Top 10 finalist, leads the nation with 35 goals and 77 points, and his Eagles are in the Frozen Four thanks in part to his six-point game in the Regional semifinal. His 77 points are the highest of any player since 2003, when Chris Kunitz and eventual-winner Peter Sejna topped it. He was named Hockey East Player of the Year and First Team all-conference and has recorded points in all but two games this year including tying a Hockey East record with a 31-game point streak held by Paul Kariya.
Carey is also a repeat finalist. Last year, he led the nation in goals and this year he is second in the nation in assists (39) and first in power-play points (31). This year, he had 18 goals and 57 points in 38 games. For the second straight year he is First Team all-ECAC and was co-Player of the Year.
Dowd, renowned for his two-way play, helped lead St. Cloud State to the first ever NCHC regular season title. The Huskies lost the West Regional final to Minnesota, after Dowd scored the overtime game winner in the semifinal against Notre Dame. He tied for the team lead in points, scoring 22 goals and 18 assists for 39 points in 38 games and is tied for seventh in the nation in goals.
The winner will be announced Friday, April 11, from the Loews Hotel Millennium Ballroom in Philadelphia. It will be televised live locally on Comcast and at nhl.com at 6 p.m., ET, and at the Hobey website.