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by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes

Friday, April 11, 2008

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation announced today that Phoenix Coyotes prospect Kevin Porter, a senior at the University of Michigan, has won the 2008 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player.

Porter, 22, ranks 2nd in Division I scoring with 33-30-63 in 43 games.  The Michigan captain finished his collegiate career with 85-98-183 and 115 penalty minutes (PIM) in 162 games.

Porter was selected by the Coyotes in the fourth round (119th overall) of the 2004 Entry Draft.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound forward was named the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Player of the Year and was also a finalist for the league's Best Defensive Forward award. The Northville, Michigan native was a First Team CCHA member and was named the Hockey Commissioners January National Player of the Month.

During the East Regional of this year’s NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Championship, Porter scored an NCAA-record four goals in the Wolverines' 5-1 win against Niagara in the semifinal.  He then added a goal and an assist in a 2-0 win over Clarkson as Michigan advanced to the Frozen Four for the 23rd time in school history.

Porter was named to the 2007 CCHA Second Team following his junior season.  He also captained Team USA at the 2006 World Junior Championships and represented the United States at the 2005 World Junior Championships.  In addition, Porter played for Team USA at the 2003 and 2004 Under-18 World Championships.

To be considered for the Hobey Baker Award, candidates must exhibit strength of character both on and off the ice and must contribute to the integrity of the team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game.  Consideration is also given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.  In addition, candidates must comply with all NCAA rules.

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