Panthers Prospect D Drew Bagnall Named Hobey Baker Finalist
/ Florida Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. - Florida Panthers prospect D Drew Bagnall has been selected as one of the 10 finalists for the 2007 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockey's top player.
Bagnall, 23, completed the regular season earning 2007 ECACHL Player of the Year honors. He was also named a unanimous first-team All ECACHL selection, as well as the league's outstanding defensive defenseman. The senior blue liner has guided St. Lawrence to the 2007 ECACHL playoffs, where his team takes on Quinnipiac this evening.
The St. Lawrence captain becomes just the eighth defenseman in the league history to be named player of the year and first since Yale's Ray Giroux in 1998. Giroux and Bagnall are the only two players in league history to be named Player of the Year and Outstanding Defensive defenseman in the same season.
The Oakbank, Manitoba native played in 36 games with the St. Lawrence Saints this year scoring six goals with 17 assists. For his career with the Saints, he has registered 19 goals and 51 assists in 137 regular season games played. Bagnall was acquired by the Panthers from the Dallas Stars on Mar. 8, 2004, in exchange for Valeri Bure. The Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists will be announced on March 28, 2007, and the Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner will be announced Friday, April 6, 2007, from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, during the NCAA Frozen Four.