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Schultz Named Finalist for 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks

Justin Schultz, a Ducks 2008 NHL Entry Draft selection (second round, 43rd overall), was named a finalist for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. A sophomore at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA), Schultz is the only defenseman among the 10 finalists. In addition, the 20-year-old (7/6/90) second year is the only underclassman in the group. The finalists will be narrowed down to the top three vote-getters (determined by a 23-member selection committee and fan voting) on Mar. 31 and the award will be presented on Friday, Apr. 8 at the Xcel Energy Center.

In 41 games with the Badgers this season, Schultz’s 18-29=47 points lead the nation among collegiate defenseman and his 18 goals are the most for any defenseman in the country since 2002-03. The 6-1, 183-pound blueliner was named the WCHA’s Defensive Player of the Year on Mar. 10, becoming the youngest defenseman to receive the honor in the history of the award (1992). He was also named to the 2011 All-WCHA First Team. Schultz has also scored nine power play goals and three game-winning goals this season. A native of Kelowna, British Columbia, Schultz scored the first hat trick by a Wisconsin defenseman since the 1991-92 season on Nov. 27, 2010 vs. Michigan State (six hat tricks by defensemen in school history).
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