This Wednesday release from the WCHA on three finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. Minnesota Duluth junior center Jack Connolly was among 10 finalists, but did not make the cut to three:
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation on Wednesday announced the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockeyâ€™s top player.
Alphabetically, they are: Cam Atkinson, junior forward from Boston College; Matt Frattin, senior forward from the Univ. of North Dakota; and Andy Miele, senior forward from Miami Univ. of Ohio.
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 23-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this yearâ€™s Hobey Baker winner. Â Criteria for the award includes: strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
This yearâ€™s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 8, 2011 from the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, MN during the NCAA Frozen Four. Â The 31st annual announcement will be aired live on ESPNU at 6:00 p.m., CT. Â Here is more on this yearâ€™s three finalists:
Cam Atkinson â€“ Boston College, Junior, Forward, Greenwich, Connecticut
The Boston College Eagles have been flying high the past four seasons and this year was no different. Â The defending national champs won the Hockey East regular season title and the playoff championship and were led in scoring for the second straight year by Cam Atkinson. Named a First Team all-star in Hockey East, Cam finished second in conference scoring with 38 points in 27 games and led the circuit with 24 goals. Overall, Atkinson posted 31 goals and 21 assists for 52 points in 39 games and had 16 multiple point contests. Â He ranks second in the nation in goals and has tallied 61 in the past two seasons. Â The Communications major recently signed a pro contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Â He has been active in the community volunteering with youth hockey, hospital visits and several projects with elementary schools.
Matt Frattin â€“ University of North Dakota, Senior, Forward, Edmonton, Alberta
Sometimes you need a second chance in life. Â Suspended by his team for the first half of last season, Matt Frattin earned an opportunity to rejoin the squad for the second half, then passed up pro hockey to return for his senior season. Â And what a year. Â Named the WCHA Player of the Year and a First Team all-star, Frattin helped North Dakota to a number one national ranking plus the WCHA regular season and playoff titles and a berth in next weekâ€™s NCAA Frozen Four championship. Â He led the conference in scoring bagging 22 goals and 40 points in 28 league games. Entering the Frozen Four, his 36 goals and 24 assists for 60 points, places him first in the nation in goals by a lofty 5-goal margin and second in points. Â The prototypical power forward is a Recreation and Tourism Studies major and two-time All Academic student-athlete. Â He has been active with a Grand Forks, ND Rescue Mission, the Grand Forks Parks District and with the Sioux Kids Club. Â He is a draft pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Andy Miele â€“ Miami University of Ohio, Senior, Forward, Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan
Despite all the great scorers in college hockey this season, no one could keep pace with Andy Miele. Â He not only tops the nation with 71 points in 39 games, but has a whopping 11-point cushion over second place Matt Frattin. Â He won the CCHA conference scoring title with 16 goals and 40 assists for 56 points in 28 games, the most points in 19 years in conference play. Â His 40 assists were more than the second place player had points, a first in league history. Â His sensational scoring stats and smart playmaking abilities led him to CCHA Player of the Year honors and a First Team all-star berth. Â Overall, Miele has 24 goals and 47 assists for 71 points and had 22 multiple point games. Â His 47 assists also top the nation. Â The assistant captain for the RedHawks is an American Studies major with a Coaching minor. Â He is active in the community helping build a house for Habitat for Humanity, a volunteer with a Childrenâ€™s Home and visits to a retirement home and local elementary schools. Â He is a pro hockey free agent.