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Frozen Four, Hobey Baker And More

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

Sharks draft picks Joe Pavelski (Wisconsin) and Brian O’Hanley (Boston College) are competing this weekend in the NCAA Frozen Four Division I college hockey championship.

Tonight, Wisconsin plays Maine at 5 p.m. PDT on ESPN2, while Boston College topped North Dakota 6-5 earlier today at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, the site of tomorrow’s Hobey Baker Award ceremony. Sharks defenseman Matt Carle will be in attendance tomorrow as one of the finalists hoping to take home the Hobey hardware. This will be viewable on ESPNU a 1 p.m. PDT. Carle has already been named NCAA Player of the Year for both and

O’Hanley (2003, 9th round), a sophomore, tied for fifth on the team in points among defensemen with six points (two goals, four assists) in 38 games and his B.C. Eagles won the Northeastern Regional to advance to the Frozen Four by defeating Boston University at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., the future site of the Sharks top-AHL affiliate, Worcester Sharks.

Pavelski (2003, 7th round), a sophomore, finished the regular season leading the Badgers in goals (20), assists (30), points (50), game-winning goals (5), power-play goals (9) and shorthanded goals (2) in 39 games. Pavelski’s hat trick in the NCAA regional semifinal lifted the Badgers over Bemidji State where they face Maine in the National semifinal at the Frozen Four. He was named second team All-American by both and

The championship game will take place on Saturday, April 8, at 4 p.m. PDT.

Vernace has been one of the OHL’s top scoring defenseman throughout the season and was named OHL defenseman of the month for March after leading all blueliners with three goals and 16 assists for 19 points in 14 games. The 19-year-old from recorded at least one point in the final eight games of the regular season, including three point games against the Mississauga IceDogs on March 5 and Kingston Frontenacs on March 16. Vernace added a goal and four assists in Brampton’s opening round playoff win over the Belleville Bulls.

The Cleveland Barons are proud to announce that defenseman Matt Carkner has been named the team’s winner of the American Specialty/AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Cleveland community during the 2005-06 season. This is the third consecutive year Carkner has been honored with this award.

During his five years in Cleveland, Carkner has become one of the most community-oriented athletes in Northeast Ohio and has been a finalist for the prestigious Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Community Award the past three years.

This December, Carkner and his wife, Kary, helped spread the spirit of the holidays with his annual “Carkner’s Christmas” campaign. The Carkners’ team up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland to purchase Christmas presents for “level-4 needs” children, which is a child which lacks the necessities that are needed for day-to-day life. The Carkners’ then assign each member of the Barons team to purchase the gifts on the child’s needs and wants list. With the help of other Barons players, Matt delivered the presents to the children at their schools over a two-day period.

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