College Hockey:
Gaudreau, Hartzell, LeBlanc make up 2013 Hobey Hat Trick

A pair of Frozen Four participants and the national points-per-game leader are the three members of the 2013 Hobey Hat Trick.

Quinnipiac goaltender Eric Hartzell, St. Cloud State forward Drew LeBlanc and Boston College forward Johnny Gaudreau were the three top vote-getters from the 23-person selection committee for the Hobey Baker Award.

One of the three will be announced as the 2013 winner of the award on Friday, April 12 in Pittsburgh. The 6 p.m. EDT ceremony is scheduled to be aired on NHL Network.

That’s one day after Hartzell and LeBlanc will meet in the national semifinals at Consol Energy Center.

Hartzell has been the top player for No. 1 Quinnipiac all season, ranking second in the nation in winning percentage (.788, 29-6-5), third in goals against average (1.55) and eighth in save percentage (.933).

LeBlanc leads the nation in assists (37) and is ninth in points per game (1.22, 50 points). A two-time captain, he returned from a medical redshirt season after suffering a compound fracture of his left leg last season to lead the Huskies to the Frozen Four.

Gaudreau is tops in the country with 1.46 points per game (21 goals, 51 points). With an average of 0.60 goals per game, he’s fifth nationally.

All three were players of the year in their conference — Hartzell in ECAC Hockey, LeBlanc in the WCHA and Gaudreau in Hockey East.

The criteria for the award include displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

The Hobey Hat Trick reflects the top three from the voting that has already taken place for the award winner. Voting by coaches determined the original list of 10 finalists that also included St. Lawrence forward Greg Carey, Niagara goaltender Carsen Chubak, Miami forward Austin Czarnik, St. Lawrence forward Kyle Flanagan, North Dakota forwards Corban Knight and Danny Kristo and Nebraska-Omaha forward Ryan Walters.

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  • http://twitter.com/Butterz07 Aaron P. Gillespie

    If LeBlanc doesn’t win…..I will most certainly scream.

  • rickermortes

    I really hope it’s LeBlanc. Yeah, I’m a State fan, but this kid deserves it. He’s been on top of everything. He’s a great leader, great player, great student, undrafted.

    If it isn’t him, I hope it goes to Hartzell. Goalies don’t get enough respect in the Hobeys.

    Sorry, BC. I see you guys, Minnesota, etc. up here all too often. This is a good year for college hockey. A year where the relative nobodies are winning out.

    • siouxpthr

      I’m a North Dakota fan and I hope LeBlanc gets it… I’ve also become a SCSU fan for this tournament…

  • http://www.facebook.com/jonathan.winters.370 Jonathan Winters

    Congrats to the three finalist- whoever wins certainly deserves it. My pick goes to the member of the no. 1 team in the nation-Hartzell. He’s the main reason they stayed on top and why they made it to the final four. First time in a long time that Quinnipiac ever was no. 1.

    • Mikey

      Frozen Four.

  • jjmnelso

    I don’t know much about either Hartzell or Gaudreau. Both have great numbers but Leblanc is such a class act that I hope he wins. Anyone who comes back after such a bad injury and stays with his team should be rewarded.

  • Terrier Hockey

    Tough not to vote for Gaudrau. This season he has been glue that has held this BC team together. He has impressive numbers and arguably would have had even more impressive numbers had he not gone to the U.S national team (where he was arguably the best player). I’m actually surprised that some people don’t know who he is. I guess they didn’t watch the international competition.

  • coryc711

    Wcha fan but I think clearly gaudreau should win. Its based off performance and he put the puck in the net more than leblanc… it’s not based on a comeback from injury.

    • Ryan

      Actually, it’s not just about goal scoring performance. As noted in the article, the criteria are: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

      • Afterfurtherreview

        True, but Gaudreau is a class act too and Hobey loves goals. Having said that, I still think LeBlanc wins and I am a UNH/HE fan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.waugh.9 Matthew Waugh

    Greg Carey was robbed of the hobey hat trick he was better then hartzell and had the most goals still to this day. Hartzell hasent been good since his streak ended this is just stupid!

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