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10 finalists announced for Hobey Baker Award

Thursday, 03.15.2012 / 8:22 PM / NCAA Update

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10 finalists announced for Hobey Baker Award
Two goalties, four defensemen and four forwards are among the finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in NCAA Division I hockey.
Two goaltenders, four defensemen and four forwards are among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in NCAA Division I hockey.

The finalists were selected in balloting by the nation's 58 Division I coaches and by online fan balloting.

The two goaltenders are Troy Grosenick of Union College and Shawn Hunwick from the University of Michigan.

The defensemen include Tim Kirby of Air Force, Torey Krug from Michigan State, Brian Dumoulin of Boston College and Wisconsin's Justin Schultz. It's the fourth straight year in which the Badgers have had a finalist, the longest current streak by any school.

The four forwards are Spencer Abbott of Maine -- the nation's scoring leader with 59 points --  Jack Connolly of Minnesota-Duluth, Austin Smith of Colgate and Reilly Smith of Miami of Ohio. Smith's former teammate, Andy Miele, won the award last year.
A 23-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting (at www.hobeybakeraward.com from March 16-25) will determine this year's winner. Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
The Hobey Hat Trick (the three finalists) will be announced on March 29 and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced on April 6 from MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, Fla., during the NCAA Frozen Four.
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