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Geoffrion, Nyquist, Butler in Hobey Hat Trick

CHN Staff Report

Wisconsin's Blake Geoffrion, Maine's Gustav Nyquist, and New Hampshire's Bobby Butler were named the Hobey Hat Trick for 2010, it was announced today.

The "Hobey Hat Trick" is comprised of the top three vote getters by the Hobey Baker Award selection committee, in voting from amongst the 10 finalists. The committee's vote is what chooses the Hobey Baker Award winner, so, in essence, the winner is already known by the voting tabulation firm — but the top three vote getters are invited to the Frozen Four, where the winner is officially unveiled.

This year, the ceremony will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9 at Ford Field in Detroit. The 30th annual announcement will be aired live on ESPN-U. (List of past winners)

Among the other finalists were Denver goalie Marc Cheverie, who today was named College Hockey News Player of the Year. The other six were Cornell goalie Ben Scrivens, Wisconsin defenseman Brendan Smith, Miami goalie Cody Reichard, RPI forward Chase Polacek, Northern Michigan forward Mark Olver, and Denver forward Rhett Rakhshani.

Geoffrion, a 6-foot-2 senior, is the only one of the three still playing. He was recently named NCAA West Regional Most Outstanding Player, as he scored his 27th goal in the process of leading the Badgers to the Frozen Four. Geoffrion, who hails from Brentwood, Tenn., also has a nation's-best 14 power-play goals.

Nyquist, who along with Polacek are the only players in the top ten not to make the NCAA tournament, leads the nation in points with 61 points, on the strength of 42 assists. The 5-11 sophomore from Malmo, Sweden, also has seven power-play goals and a plus-19 this season.

Butler scored his nation's-best 28th and 29th goals of the season in New Hampshire's NCAA First Round win over Cornell at the NCAA East Regional last Friday. But the Wildcats lost to RIT in the next round. Butler, 6-foot senior from Marlborough, Mass., recently signed an NHL deal with the Ottawa Senators. He had identical numbers to Nyquist in games (39), power-play goals (7), game-winning goals (4), penalty minutes (20) and plus-minus. He had 10 more goals and 18 fewer assists than Nyquist.

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