Denver’s Will Butcher named 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner

Denver’s Will Butcher is the 2017 Hobey Baker Award winner (photo: Jim Rosvold).

CHICAGO — Denver defenseman Will Butcher was named the winner of the 2017 Hobey Baker Award as the top player in Division I men’s college hockey.

The announcement came after a ceremony Friday at Navy Pier.

Butcher, the NCHC player of the year, has led the Pioneers to the national championship game. He’s second in the nation for defensemen with 37 points.

A 27-member selection committee chose the winner from a 10-player list of finalists. Northeastern forward Zach Aston-Reese and Union forward Mike Vecchione also were in the top three in voting.

More coverage to come.