List of Hobey Baker Award finalists includes Miami duo, three each from Hockey East, WCHA

Hockey East and the WCHA each have three players among the 10 finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

The list, released Thursday, also includes two players from the CCHA — teammates Carter Camper and Andy Miele of Miami — and one from Atlantic Hockey.

Boston College’s Cam Atkinson, Maine’s Gustav Nyquist (a Hobey Hat Trick finalist last season) and New Hampshire’s Paul Thompson are among the nine forwards on the list.

Wisconsin’s Justin Schultz is the only defenseman, and he is joined by WCHA forwards Jack Connolly of Minnesota-Duluth and Matt Frattin of North Dakota.

Rensselaer’s Chase Polacek and Niagara’s Paul Zanette also are part of the top 10, which was selected in voting by the 58 Division I coaches and online fan ballowing.

The 23-member selection committee and another round of fan voting will determine the winner.

The award criteria, according to organizers, are strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

The Hobey Hat Trick — the top three vote-getters — will be announced on March 31, and the award will be presented at the Xcel Energy Center during a show that starts at 6 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 8.

Following are notes on each player, provided by the award organizers:

Cam Atkinson — Boston College, Junior, Forward, Greenwich, Conn.

The defending national champions finished atop Hockey East this past season and for the second straight year, Atkinson led his team in scoring. A First Team all-star, he again led
Hockey East in conference goals per game and is tied for third nationally in goal scoring with 28 tallies and 20 assists in 36 games.

• Has scored 58 goals the past two seasons — has 8 power play goals

• His 4 shorthanded goals is tied for second in nation — 15 multiple point games

• Communications major — Columbus draft pick

Carter Camper — Miami, Senior, Forward, Rocky River, Ohio

The scoring whiz has been a college hockey rarity, recording over 40 in each of his four seasons. A co- captain, Camper is third in the nation in assists with 35 in 36 games played. A CCHA First Team all-star and the circuit’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year award winner, Camper has been very active in community service activities.

• Has recorded 17 goals and 35 assists in 36 games — has scored 8 power play goals

• Hockey Coaches Assoc. Player of the Month for October

• Psychology major with 3.62 GPA — Lowe’s Senior Class Award finalist

Jack Connolly — Minnesota-Duluth, Junior, Forward, Duluth, Minn.

The play-making key on college hockey’s highest scoring line, Connolly is presently tied for third in the nation in scoring with 54 points and is second in assists with 39. He has been named a WCHA First Team all-star two straight years and has more points in the past two seasons, than any other WCHA player.

• Has scored 15 goals and 39 assists in 37 games — led team in scoring past 2 years

• Finished second in WCHA conference scoring race — played 120 straight games

• Communications major and twice on Dean’s list — active community volunteer

Matt Frattin — North Dakota, Senior, Forward, Edmonton, Alberta

A great break out season propelled Frattin to the top of WCHA scoring charts and a regular season title for the Sioux. Currently tied for third in the nation in scoring, his 33 goals are best in the country and he is the only player with over 30 goals. He was also named the WCHA Player of the Year and a First Team all-star helping North Dakota to a number one national ranking.

• WCHA scoring champion with 40 points in 28 games — has 10 power play goals

• Overall, has 33 goals and 21 assists — 3 short handed goals leads WCHA

• Recreation and Tourism Studies major — Toronto draft pick

Andy Miele — Miami, Senior, Forward, Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich.

The nation’s leading scorer by a whopping ten points, Miele won the CCHA conference scoring title with 56 points, the most in 19 years. His 40 league assists was more than the second place player had points, a first in league history. A First Team all-star, Miele is one of three finalists for Player of the Year. National Player of the Month for February.

• Has recorded 21 goals and 44 assists for 65 points in 36 games — assistant captain

• Multiple point games 20 times — has current points streak of 15 straight games

• American Studies major and Coaching minor — active community volunteer

Gustav Nyquist — Maine, Junior, Forward, Malmo, Sweden

A repeat candidate and Hobey Hat Trick finalist from last season, Nyquist has led Maine in scoring for two straight years. Named a Hockey East First Team all-star, he is presently tied for seventh in the nation in scoring with 51 points in 36 games. A gifted playmaker, he is tied for fourth in the nation in assists with 33.

• Tallied 18 goals and 33 assists for 51 pints in 36 games — assistant captain

• Won league awards three straight years (First Team twice and Rookie Team)

• Finance major — Detroit draft pick — teaches youth hockey

Chase Polacek — Rensselaer, Senior, Forward, Edina, Minn.

The only other top ten finalist from last season, Polacek has also been named ECAC Player of the Year for the second straight season as well as First Team all-star. He has also won the ECAC scoring title two consecutive seasons and has an amazing nine game winning goals, best in the nation, and has chipped in with 11 power play goals.

• Scoring star had 21 goals and 27 assists in 37 games — assistant captain

• Led team in scoring 3 straight years — Lowe’s Senior Class Award finalist

• Business and Management major — multiple Dean’s List honoree

Justin Schultz — Wisconsin, Sophomore, Defense, West Kelowna, British Columbia

A scoring dynamo on the blue line, Schultz has 18 goals on the season, the most in college hockey in eight years. His 47 total points is seven more than the next closest defenseman and he was honored by the WCHA as a First Team all-star and the circuit’s Defensive Player of the Year. Deadly on the power play, his 26 power play points is best
in the nation.

• Recorded 18 goals and 29 assists for 47 points in 41 games — 9 power play goals

• Led Wisconsin in scoring and topped the team with 14 multiple point games

• Life Sciences Communications major — Anaheim draft pick

Paul Thompson — New Hampshire, Senior, Forward, Derry, N.H.

One of the premiere scorers in Hockey East, Thompson led the league in most offensive categories this past season including 42 points in 27 games. Overall, his 52 points is tied for fifth in the country, while his 12 power play goals are tied for first in the nation. Thompson was named Hockey East Player of the Year and a First Team all-star.

• His totals are 28 goals and 24 assists for 52 points in 36 games — 7 game winners

• Tied for third in nation with 28 goals — has 16 multiple point games

• Health Management and Policy major

Paul Zanette — Niagara, Senior, Forward, Nobleton, Ontario

First Hobey candidate with a last name starting with the letter Z. Phenomenal scoring pace has him second in the nation with 55 points in 35 games. More than doubled his scoring totals from a year ago and won Atlantic Hockey scoring title. That earned him Player of the Year honors as well as First Team all-star. He is second in the nation with 29 goals.

• Has scored 29 goals and 26 assists in 35 games — 10 power play goals

• First three seasons Niagara was in CHA conference

• Graduated Cum Laude in accounting and working on MBA


    • I fear that with Miele having so many points that Matt is going to have to have an outstanding Final Five and score some key goals. But he should be a finalist for sure and Miele only has 16 goals and as everyone keeps saying Hobey likes goals, so Matt is in good shape with a couple of strong games against CC and hopefully DU.

      • Miele has 21 goals. Frattin still has the strong edge there but you are cheating him out of 5, hard earned goals :) LOL

  1. When you see what all of these guys do on and off the ice, it sucks that they all don’t win it. I’d have no problem awarding somebody that is a clear cut favorite an award like this…but how do you pick one person off this list and say that they deserve it more than somebody else? Maybe we should give one of them the Hobey Baker and then give the rest Nobel Peace Prizes…

  2. Have any of you heard of Ben Hanowski? He’s Minnesota’s all-time leading scorer in high school boys hockey. You want to know why Ben is MN all-time leading scorer? The answer is simple, because he played for Little Falls HS. Little Falls, a failry large town in rural MN, plays crappy small schools all year long. Andy Meile is a good player no doubt but you can’t compare a CCHA players stats to someone who plays in the WCHA or Hockey East. If Meile wins, its not because of his stats.

    • Wow! You’re knowledge astounds me! What does Hanowski have to do with anything? They also don’t play all small schools or all crappy schools. Look at the conference they’re in. Comparatively, the CCHA isn’t that bad. If Meile doesn’t win because of his stats, why does he win then?

      • Because he’s the most exciting player in college hockey to watch. He never loses possession of the puck, he hits, he blocks shots, hell.. he’s Miami’s number one penalty killer. North Dakota is still a good team without Frattin. Miami isn’t even in the tournament without Andy Miele.

  3. It’s a race to the finish line between Miele and Frattin. 40 assists is a big deal but you have seen Matt F’s slapper. It is the best in the WCHA (read: best in the nation).

  4. The Hobey Baker Award is about not only on ice but off ice character as well, and will Frattin’s off ice issues in the past he should not win. Although he is a very talented and amazing player to watch, he should not win the Hobey.

  5. No way should Frattin win this award. I have no doubt that he’s the most talented player in college hockey this year, but his off-ice issues should put him well behind the others. He deserved WCHA player of the year, but the Hobey is about more than just on-ice performance. I mean, the guy was kicked off his team last year and brought back when they needed to win in the second half. I’ll be sickened if he wins this award. I mean, the guy’s a Recreation & Tourism Studies major. He’s not even pretending to be a student athlete.

    • Right, he once had off-ice issues and was kicked off of the team. Its an old story. He also resolved those issues, turned down a contract offer from the Toronto Maple Leafs and spent his summer working 12 hour days moving concrete, all while somehow finding time to practice and improve his game immensely. The kid lost his scholarship and took out student loans to pay his own way back to school on out of state tuition.

      He turned down the NHL and instead decided to earn his way back through hard work and a lifestyle change, how often does that happen? Matt Frattin has more character than any other student athlete in the college hockey, period, and is more than deserving of consideration for the Hobey Baker award.

    • Frattin for sure will get hobey this year!!! Nothing to do w/ his off ice antics a few years back, but all to do with totally redeeming himself and lighting the lamp an astounding 35 times(2 game winners en route to the WCHA final five- one clutch goal in double ot!!!!)… If Miele wins b/c he has 40 assists this award needs to be re-examined!!!

      Fattin should be a shoe-in, just ask Barry Melrose…

  6. I don’t understand why some people are scrutinizing Matt Frattin because of his past. People change and mature; have you ever heard of the word “redemption”… He has the best character on and off the ice as any player in the nation, and the fact he overcame such adversity to get where he is at should only make him a more likely candidate for the Hobey.


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