MINNEAPOLIS — The second phase of fan balloting for the 2001 Hobey Baker Award is now under way via the Internet at U.S. College Hockey Online.
Through the Vote For Hobey process, college hockey fans have the unique opportunity to participate in choosing the candidates, the finalists and, ultimately, the winner of the presitgious Hobey Baker Award. Phase one was the Nominating Phase; players needed at least 25 nominations to advance to this Finalist Selection phase.
Registered voters can now cast one ballot per day for their first, second and third choices from among the 40 candidates determined in the nominating phase, and track the progress on-line.
Fans are casting ballots along with the 60 Division I college hockey head coaches. The cumulative winners of the fan voting will receive a percentage of the final tally in determining the Top Ten Finalists. That list of elite players will be announced on Thursday, March 15.
Presented annually to the top men’s collegiate hockey player in the U.S., the Hobey Baker Award is college hockey’s top individual prize.
In the final round of balloting, running from March 16-28, registered voters can, once per day, cast their ballots ranking their candidates one through five. The top selection from the fans will join the ballots from the Selection Committee (comprised of college hockey personal, pro scouts and media) in determining the 2001 Hobey Baker Award winner. The award recipient will be announced in a live telecast from the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament in Albany, N.Y. on Friday, April 6, 2001.
The Hobey Baker Award criteria include strength of character on and off the ice, scholastic achievements, and sportsmanship.