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Zach Aston-Reese Named Hobey Baker Award Finalist

Daniel Sprong named CHL 'Player of the Week'

by Pittsburgh Penguins @Penguins / Media Release

Forward Zach Aston-Reese who signed with the Penguins as a college free agent on March 14 following a superb senior season at Northeastern, was named one of 10 finalists today for the Hobey Baker Award, which is NCAA hockey's version of the Heisman Trophy. 

Penguins fans can help Aston-Reese secure college hockey's top honor by continuing to vote for him via fan balloting between March 16-26 by visiting www.hobeybaker.com.

Fan voting will be combined with the efforts of a 27-member Selection Committee, to determine the final three finalists for the award on March 30. The winner of the award will be announced on Friday, April 7 during the NCAA Frozen Four at 6:00 PM ET on NHL Network.

Aston-Reese, 22, led the nation in goals (31), shorthanded goals (4) and points (63) this season, while adding 13 man-advantage tallies in 38 games. His three hat tricks led the nation as well.

This weekend, Aston-Reese is slated to join the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League on an amateur tryout contract. His two-year, entry-level deal with Pittsburgh will begin next year.

Sprong, 19, was named the Canadian Hockey League's player of the week on March 14 after a dominating run that saw him record nine points (5G-4A) in just three contests, including a seven-point game in a 12-3 win against Moncton. 

The CHL is Canada's top junior circuit, and it consists of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Ontario Hockey League and the Western Hockey League.

The talented sniper has starred for Charlottetown of the QMJHL this year, scoring 31 goals and tallying 52 points in just 28 games after starting his season in early January following offseason shoulder surgery.

Just as impressive as Sprong's point total is his improvement in his all-around game, which Michelle Crechiolo described recently.

Click here to watch a highlight reel from Northeastern.

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