North Dakota, St. Lawrence each have two on list of 10 finalists for 2013 Hobey Baker Award

The top 10 candidates for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award were announced Thursday night, with North Dakota and St. Lawrence each placing two players on the list.

The 10 finalists were selected by voting from all 59 Division I head coaches and by online fan balloting at

Next, the 23-member selection committee and an additional round of fan balloting (at through March 31 will determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner.

The Hobey Hat Trick will be announced Wednesday, April 3 and the winner will be announced Friday, April 12 in Pittsburgh during Frozen Four weekend.

Minnesota-Duluth forward Jack Connolly won the award in 2012.

2013 Hobey Baker Award Top Ten Finalists

Player's NamePositionClassSchoolNoteworthy
Greg CareyFJr.St. LawrenceLeads nation in goals (28), power-play goals (14), second in overall scoring with 51 points (28g, 23a)
Carsen ChubakGJr.NiagaraBoasts .941 save percentage, 1.81 GAA, 23 wins (third in country)
Austin CzarnikFSo.MiamiLeads nation with four shorthanded goals, has 36 points overall (14g, 22a)
Kyle FlanaganFSr.St. LawrenceSaints' captain, ninth in D-I scoring with 47 points (15g, 32a)
Johnny GaudreauFSo.Boston CollegeFifth in nation with 49 points (20g, 29a)
Eric HartzellGSr.QuinnipiacFirst in country with 26 wins, also has 1.49 GAA and .935 save percentage
Corban KnightFSr.North DakotaTeam captain, has recorded 48 goals (15g, 33a), seventh in nation, second in assists
Danny KristoFSr.North DakotaThird in D-I scoring with 50 points (24g, 26a)
Drew LeBlancFSr.St. Cloud StateHas most assists in nation (37), third in overall scoring with 50 points (13g, 37a)
Ryan WaltersFJr.Nebraska-OmahaLeads nation in scoring with 52 points (22g, 30a)


  1. Am I in a parallel universe? Erik Haula – 49 points in 35 games – Hobey no show. Austin Czarnik – 36 points in 35 games – Hobey finalist. Are you kidding?

  2. The three best players that I have seen play this year, not in any order are:

    Eric Hartzell
    Johnny Gaudreau
    Corban Knight

    That would be the three that I expect to see at the award ceremony but you never know. LeBlanc has had a great season as well.

    • Not prophetic at all. The sad truth are that the two Gophers that had a shot at the outset were saddled with inconsistent seasons. Partly by play, partly by design. The Gophers relied on a big first line last year to drive them to the Frozen Four. This year that line was broken up and the scoring of Bjugstad and Rau dropped off considerably. The up side is that the Gophers have three lines that can score now, as opposed to one huge line. Time will tell if that was the right move or not, but their record has been hard to argue with. Additionally, I believe that Hobey candidates should stand above the crowd and elevate the play of those they play with and provide leadership and even be able to take their teams on their back if needed. While Bjugstad did that last year, he did not this year and frankly even if he had the points, I don’t see him as that type of player, nor is Haula. The Hobey should not be given out based on scoring or numbers alone. In all honesty the only player that the Gophers have that would fall into that category this year would be Wilcox and it is rare for a freshman to be considered for the hobey. Also it is for the same reason as stated above that I think Knight is a great candidate and Kristo is not.

      • well stated Satriani, well stated. I too agree with your assessment about Haula and Bjugstad, neither of them elevated themselves to true Hobey status. Just scoring points should not get you the Hobey (unless you score Karyia type points!) I myself believe Knight could very well end up in the Hobey hat trick, it’s between him, LeBlanc, and Carey for the third spot. I think Hartzel and Gaudreau will be shoe ins…IMO. And “nogofer”….seriously…why not use this time to congratulate your NoDak players rather than hurl immature insults at Gopher players? You can use whatever colorful and overused comeback you want, but I really mean it…take the time to congratulate the UND players and the commitment and effort they put forward to get to hobey nomination status.

        • Satriani92 and MikeE are educated gofer fans I can respect. There are throngs that I do not and those so-called fans on this board know who they are. Before someone adds in “No one cares” let me just add that
          I don’t care…

        • I am pretty sure a D3 women’s team could have beat us last night! We will see ya in the regionals, hopefully at the frozen four!!

          • We got the same regional so both umtc and UND in the FF is out. It would have been great to see us play each other in the FF…


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