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.

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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.

24 COMMENTS

    • 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.

  1. 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.

  2. 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 .

  3. 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.

      • 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

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