Is a Hobey Baker a precursor to an NHL career.
Well, no. Then again, it doesn’t hurt.
Twenty-five of the 30 Hobey winners saw action in the NHL. The list includes Tom Kurvers, a player who the Leafs acquired in exchange for the right to draft Scott Niedermayer, a present NHL general manager, Washington’s George McPhee, and Buffalo’s all-world goalie Ryan Miller.
The Hobey can be a passport. The three position players with the most dominant statistics were widely-traveled. They were Paul Kariya of the University of Maine (Anaheim, Colorado, Nashville, St. Louis), Michigan Centre Brendan Morrison (New Jersey, Vancouver, Anaheim, Dallas, Washington, Calgary) and Boston University winger Chris Drury (Colorado, Calgary, Buffalo, New York Rangers).
Kariya leads all Hobey Baker winners in games (989), goals (402) and points (989) but did not play this year. Drury has recorded 614 points, 24 more than Morrison although both players are still active. The 36-year-old Kariya sat out this season with post concussion syndrome but has not ruled out returning next year.
Two more skaters, Jordan Leopold (Calgary, Colorado, Florida, Pittsburgh, Buffalo) and Brian Holzinger (Buffalo, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Colorado) broke the 500-game plateau.
Should the winner advance to the NHL, he will be in a very select club. Only seven Hobey winners played in the NHL this season: Morrison, Drury, Leopold (Buffalo), Miller, Matt Carle (Philadelphia), Matt Gilroy (Rangers), Blake Geoffrion (Nashville).
Here is a list of the winners, the year they won and their school.
1981 Neal Broten Minnesota
1982 George McPhee Bowling Green
1983 Mark Fusco Harvard
1984 Tom Kurvers Minnesota-Duluth
1985 Bill Watson Minnesota-Duluth
1986 Scott Fusco Harvard
1987 Tony Hrkac North Dakota
1988 Robb Stauber Minnesota
1989 Lane MacDonald Harvard
1990 Kip Miller Michigan State
1991 David Emma Boston College
1992 Scott Pellerin Maine
1993 Paul Kariya Maine
1994 Chris Marinucci Minnesota-Duluth
1995 Brian Holzinger Bowling Green
1996 Brian Bonin Minnesota
1997 Brendan Morrison Michigan
1998 Chris Drury Boston University
1999 Jason Krog New Hampshire
2000 Mike Mattau Boston College
2001 Ryan Miller Michigan State
2002 Jordan Leopold Minnesota
2003 Peter Sejna Colorado College
2004 Junior Lessard Minnesota-Duluth
2005 Marty Sertich Colorado College
2006 Matt Carle Denver
2007 Ryan Duncan North Dakota
2008 Kevin Porter Michigan
2009 Matt Gilroy Boston University
2010 Blake Geoffrion Wisconsin