The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation on Wednesday announced the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2014 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Greg Carey, senior forward from St. Lawrence; Nic Dowd, senior forward from St. Cloud State; and Johnny Gaudreau, junior forward from Boston College.
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of top-10 candidates by the 27-member selection committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced April 11 from the Loews Hotel Millennium Ballroom in Philadelphia during the Frozen Four. The 34th annual announcement will be televised live locally on Comcast and at nhl.com at 6 p.m. ET, and at the Hobey website, www.hobeybakeraward.com. Here is more on this year’s three finalists:
For the second consecutive year Carey is first team all-conference in the ECAC and added co-player of the year honors while also being a finalist for student-athlete of the year. He has been an all-academic student all four years majoring in history with a 3.68 grade-point average. Last week, he signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes. Carey has been a member of the school’s advisory committee on athletics and participates with the Saints Kids Club and helped organize the annual Teddy Bear toss.
Effective on the man-advantage, Dowd bagged 10 power-play goals, tying him for fifth in the nation, and chipped in with five game-winning goals, including the overtime winner in the Huskies' West Regional semifinal. Dowd just signed with the team that drafted him, the Los Angeles Kings (seventh round). Dowd is a bio-medicine major carrying a 3.61 GPA. He has worked with the school’s Student Advisory Council and assists with new student move-ins, organized the Locks of Love campaign last year with his teammates and has helped out with the local Humane Society.
Gaudreau has 35 goals and 42 assists for 77 points in 39 games, ranking first in the nation in points, goals and assists. He also tops the nation in plus-minus with a +41. A communications major and Calgary draft pick (fourth round), he was awarded the Walter Brown Award as the best American-born player in New England. At the Northeast Regional, he scored three goals and three assists in the Eagles' 6-2 win againnst Denver, and added two more assists on the first two goals of the 4-3 win against Massachusetts-Lowell in the regional final. He spends some time visiting elementary schools and is a mentor for a special-needs team.