The first batch of nominees for the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top players has been announced and there are 11 BCHL alums up for the honour, including three Trail Smoke Eaters alumni.
The award is based on the following criteria:
Strength of character, on and off the ice
Contribution to the integrity of the team
Outstanding skills in all phases of the game
Scholastic achievement and sportsmanship
There are 50 players nominated this year. Nominations were submitted by the athletic departments of the Division I schools with a maximum of three candidates from any one school.
The BCHL alums nominated for the award are:
Kent Johnson – Freshman – University of Michigan (Trail Smoke Eaters)
Braeden Tuck – Sophomore – Sacred Heard University (Trail Smoke Eaters)
Carson Briere – Freshman – Mercyhurst University (Trail Smoke Eaters)
Ashton Calder – Junior – Lake Superior State University (Surrey Eagles)
Grant Cruikshank – Junior – Colorado College (Penticton Vees)
Jonny Evans – Junior – University of Connecticut (Powell River Kings)
Jordan Kawaguchi – Senior – University of North Dakota (Chilliwack Chiefs)
Keaton Mastrodonato – Sophomore – Canisius College (Alberni Valley Bulldogs)
Ryan Steele – Junior – Sacred Heart University (Alberni Valley Bulldogs/West Kelowna Warriors)
Odeen Tufto – Senior – Quinnipiac University (Vernon Vipers)
Taylor Ward – Junior – University of Nebraska-Omaha (Penticton Vees)
Jack LaFontaine – Senior – University of Minnesota (Penticton Vees)
Fans can view the full list of Hobey Baker nominees and vote on who they think should take home the award by visiting the Hobey Baker voting page.
Fan voting for the award will run through Mar. 8. Once phase one of voting is complete, the Top 10 Candidates will be announced. Fans can vote once per day.