Finalists for Hobey Baker announced
Schultz, Atkinson among ten finalists for Hobey Baker Award
|Cam Atkinson||F||Boston College|
|Carter Camper||F||Miami (OH)|
|Matt Frattin||F||North Dakota|
|Andy Miele||F||Miami (OH)|
|Paul Thompson||F||New Hampshire|
MADISON, Wis. -- Sophomore defenseman Justin Schultz was named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award on Thursday, the Hobey Baker committee announced.
Schultz, the nation’s leading scorer on the blue line with 18 goals and 47 points, is the fourth Badger named a top-10 finalist in three seasons, as well as the third defenseman from UW in three years. Forward Blake Geoffrion won the award for college hockey’s best player last season, becoming Wisconsin’s first winner of the honor.
The WCHA Defensive Player of the Year and a 2011 All-WCHA First Team selection, Schultz put up more goals than any defenseman in the country since the 2002-03 campaign. The West Kelowna, British Columbia native climbed into second place on UW’s single-season goals list for a defenseman with 18, one off the mark set by longtime NHL player Sean Hill during the 1990-91 season. In the process, Schultz passed by legendary Badger names such as Chris Chelios, Bob Suter, Bruce Driver and Brian Engblom on the single-season goal-scoring list for rear guards.
The nation’s leading power-play point producer, Schultz produced a remarkably consistent season, never playing more than two games without collecting a point. He started five of UW’s 41 games with the first goal of the contest, scored the overtime game-winning goal in a 6-5 victory over Canisius on Jan. 8 to snap UW’s 26-game overtime winless drought and posted the sixth hat trick for a Badger defenseman in program history with three goals against Michigan State on Nov. 27. Also the sixth UW defenseman to lead the team in scoring, he was the WCHA’s nominee for the Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Player of the Month for January.
Schultz completed the season as the UW leader with 14 multi-point games. He was the WCHA Defensive Player of the Week for Nov. 29. Chosen in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, 43rd overall by the Anaheim Ducks, Schultz put up two scoring streaks of five games and two more of four games during the just completed season. His 47 points heading into Thursday’s action ranked fifth among all WCHA skaters.
Schultz becomes the 11th Badger all-time named a Hobey top-10 finalist. He joins 2010 winner Geoffrion, as well as defenseman Brendan Smith (2010), defenseman Jamie McBain (2009), goaltender Brian Elliott (2006), forward Dany Heatley (2001), forward Steve Reinprecht (2000), goaltender Duane Derksen (1992), forward Paul Ranheim (1988), forward Tony Granato (1988) and forward John Newberry (1982). The Hobey was first awarded in 1981.
The other nine finalists include Boston College's Cam Atkinson, Maimi's Carter Camper, Minnesota Duluth's Jack Connolly, North Dakota's Matt Frattin, Miami's Andy Miele, Maine's Gustav Nyquist, Rensselear's Chase Polacek, New Hampshire's Paul Thompson and Niagara's Paul Zanette.