College Hockey:
Drew LeBlanc wins 2013 Hobey Baker Award, is first honoree from St. Cloud State

— Drew LeBlanc didn’t reach the national championship game with St. Cloud State, but he picked up one piece of hardware from his trip.

LeBlanc was named the 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner on Friday at Consol Energy Center, one day after the Huskies lost to Quinnipiac in the Frozen Four semifinals.

Tenth nationally in points per game and the national leader with 37 assists, LeBlanc returned from a compound left leg fracture last season to captain St. Cloud State to its first Frozen Four appearance.

With 13 goals, LeBlanc has the lowest goals total of a Hobey-winning forward, a list that includes 25 of the 33 winners.

He beat out fellow Hobey Hat Trick finalists Eric Hartzell of Quinnipiac and Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College, as well as seven other finalists who were on the ballot given to the 23-person selection committee after the NCAA regionals.

Each of the three Hat Trick finalists was the player of the year in his conference, but LeBlanc also was the WCHA’s student-athlete of the year.

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.

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.

LeBlanc is the first St. Cloud State player to win the Hobey, and the 16th from a WCHA team.

Check back for more coverage from the Hobey Baker Award ceremony.

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  • TigerTony

    Western hockey’s 2013 consolation prize.

  • Jim Bleth

    Congrats but man, 13 goals? What is this award coming to.

    • HuskyNation

      He almost had the most points in Div I (just three awway from 1st) and he lead the nation in assists. He is an amazing team leader that bounced back from a broken leg the year before. He’s the WCHA player of the year and WCHA student athlete of the year. Goals arent everything. Drew definitely deserved to win this award.

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

      Maybe you should watch him play before judging. He is a pure playmaker.

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  • gene

    Oh boy. LeBlanc sounds like a great all-around human being. But as a hockey player, compare him side-by-side with Hartzell yesterday. Hmmmm. I don’t know.

    • Mike Loween


  • Eagle

    Get a haircut actually the team was very slow last night maybe if they all got a haircut it would of helped with all the extra weight they carried around it affected that speed we all heard about .

    • ExiledGopher

      He, along several teammates, is growing his hair long for “Locks Of Love”. Maybe you’ve heard of it. If not, ask Mom or Dad to explain it to you — its pretty adult stuff.

      That, along with his performance on the ice, is just another why LeBlanc deserves this award.

      • TigerTony

        He truly dominated when it mattered huh? He was more deserving of the Hockey Humanitarian Award, based on his arguments for the Hobey.

        • ExiledGopher

          You do realize that there is a character component to the Hobey right? And yeah, he was as dominant as anybody during the course of the whole season —- maybe not Thursday night, but the rest of the year, he was arguably as good as anyone.

          • TigerTony

            Not Thursday night, nor two weekends ago, or in the WCHA Final 5.

          • ExiledGopher

            Why don’t you just say who should have won, and we’ll be done with this.

          • Eagle

            LeBlanc has no character all he has is long homo hair like you Tell Mom I said HELLO BABE

      • Eagle

        Could of been cut but they want to look cool you fool.WCHA = Weak College Hockey Assoc.

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

      You are ignorant scum.

      • Eagle

        I smell a greaseball did your Mom shower this year ?

    • Christopher Kuylen

      Sounds pretty 1950s of you…..

      • Eagle

        1963 DUDE

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

    He deserves it.

  • Christopher Kuylen

    Im happy for Leblanc. A man of outstanding character who puts academics right up there with hockey. Im a sioux fan and while the kristo/knight tandem were impressive to watch, they did not match Leblancs character. I guess, Kristo I can’t speak for Knight he seemed a little more worthy on that component.

    Anyway I watched this Saint Cloud team play all year and they had amazing chemistry. I wish ND would have had half as much chemistry as SCSU did. The only ime I have ever heard UND fans boo their own players was this year when SCSU came up and shut down ND.

    Im happy we will both be in the NCHC next year. I see this rivalry intensifying in the years to come. Congrats Leblanc, you deserve it.

    • Eagle

      You sound like the biggest bu mm smoocher since that homo exiled Gopher the gobbler

      • Christopher Kuylen

        Just educated and able to give credit where credit is due. You could use a little of both by the sounds of it. Have fun trolling uscho. Dont forget to have mom come downstairs and change your sheets once a week

        • Eagle

          Why bother your mommy messes them she can clean them .WCHA =Weak College Hockey Assoc.

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