Penguins prospect David Brown is one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
Notre Dame senior goaltender Brown, a native of Stoney Creek, Ont., has been selected as one of three finalists for the coveted award that goes to college hockey’s top player. Joining Brown in the Hobey Hat Trick are North Dakota sophomore forward Ryan Duncan and Air Force junior forward Eric Ehn. The winner of the award will be announced on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. on ESPNU from the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo., during the Frozen Four weekend.
Brown, the CCHA player of the year and most valuable player of the CCHA tournament, finished his season last week in the Midwest Regionals in Grand Rapids, Mich., with a 30-6-3 overall record to go with a 1.58 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage and six shutouts. He leads the nation in wins (30), goals-against average (1.58), is tied for second in save percentage (.931) and shutouts with six.
He helped lead Notre Dame to its first-ever CCHA regular season and CCHA playoff championship this season and the program’s first-ever NCAA tournament win on March 23, when the Irish defeated Alabama-Huntsville, 3-2, in double overtime (95:12), the longest game in Notre Dame history.
A 2004 draft choice of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brown will leave Notre Dame as the school’s all-time leader in goals against (2.32), save percentage (.916) and shutouts (12) while finishing second in wins with 55.
A management consulting major, Brown will graduate from the Mendoza College of Business in May. He has been involved in the team’s community service work as he has participated in the annual Buddy Walk for kids with Downs Syndrome, the annual Christmas Party and has worked with a local kindergarten and their Learn to Read program on Tuesdays throughout the season.