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March 19, 2009


Hockey East had four Hobey Baker Finalists
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The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation on Thursday announced the top ten candidates for the 2009 Hobey Baker Award, presented by Mazamba, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Louie Caporusso, Michigan, Matt Gilroy, Boston University, Chad Johnson, Alaska Fairbanks, Zane Kalemba, Princeton, Jacques Lamoureux, Air Force, Jamie McBain, Wisconsin, David McIntyre, Colgate, Viktor Stalberg, Vermont, Brad Thiessen, Northeastern and Colin Wilson, Boston University.

The ten finalists were selected by voting from all 58 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting at Next, the 25-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting (at from March 20-30) will determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award include: strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

The Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists will be announced on April 2, 2009 and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 10, 2009 from Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., during the NCAA Frozen Four. The announcement will be aired live on ESPNU at 7:00 p.m. ET. Following is a closer look at each finalist.

Louie Caporusso – University of Michigan, Sophomore, Forward, Woodbridge, Ontario

Evolving into a prolific goal scorer, Caporusso leads the CCHA conference in goal scoring and is presently 3rd in points. On a national level, his 23 goals and 23 assists in 38 games places him tied for 9th in total points and tied for 5th in goal scoring. Named to the CCHA First Team for his efforts, he is finishing with a flurry, collecting points in seven of his last eight games (1-12) and has helped Michigan to a top five ranking and second-place finish in the league.

  • Has 10 PPG and 4 winning goals – had 12 goals in injury shortened freshman season
  • Is in the School of Kinesiology – makes visits to U-M Mott Children’s Hospital
  • Ottawa draft pick (3rd round) – was MVP of GLI tourney over the holidays

Matt Gilroy – Boston University, Senior, Defenseman, North Bellmore, New York

As BU secured the No. 1 ranking in the nation, they were led by their veteran captain Gilroy who has become the first defenseman in Hockey East history to be a First Team player three times. Logging a lot of minutes, Gilroy has 30 points in 39 games (8 goals, 22 assists) and led all Hockey East defensemen in points. His durability has allowed him to play 140 straight career games. He wears number 97 to honor his deceased brother Timmy and has another brother, Kevin, who is a freshman for the Terriers.

  • Is a +17 on the season and is +73 for his career – had 5 PPG and 2 game-winning goals
  • Volunteers with his family to run a Long Island basketball league – also participates in the Autism Speaks programs
  • Named MVP of Denver Cup holiday tourney – BU finished first in Hockey East

Chad Johnson – University of Alaska Fairbanks, Senior, Goalie, Calgary, Alberta

Alaska’s surge to fourth place in the CCHA standings was heavily influenced by Johnson’s stingy goaltending. The Nanooks are second nationally in team GAA (1.70) because of Johnson’s 1.67 GAA also ranking second in the nation. His heroics earned Johnson CCHA Player of the Year honors, selection as First Team all-star and winner of the Best Goalie Award as the CCHA’s top netminder. His outstanding save percentage of .939 leads the country while his 6 shutouts are third. His overall won-loss record is 14-14-5.

  • Led the CCHA in conference play in GAA and save percentage (1.69 and .939)
  • Volunteers with Habitat for Humanity in the summers and helps youth hockey in-season
  • Pittsburgh draft pick (5th round) – only 7 GP last year due to ankle injury

Zane Kalemba – Princeton University, Junior, Goalie, Saddle Brook, New Jersey

For the second straight year a top ten finalist comes from the same school Hobey Baker represented so honorably before World War I. Kalemba’s sensational season is such a record breaker, he was named ECAC Hockey Player of the Year, Goalie of the Year and a First Team all-star. Additional honors include Ivy League Player of the Year. While setting single season school records for wins, GAA and save percentage, his 1.69 GAA is fourth in the nation while his .936 save percentage is tied for second.

  • Princeton’s rise to 3rd in the ECAC due to 1.97 team GAA – his won-loss record is 22-8
  • Allowed one goal or less in 16 games – was team MVP for Flin Flon Bombers in juniors
  • Volunteers with Princeton Youth Hockey and Princeton Disabilities Awareness

Jacques Lamoureux – Air Force Academy, Sophomore, Forward, Grand Forks, North Dakota

It’s definitely a family affair – for the first time in Hobey history (29 years), back-to-back brothers are Hobey finalists. Jacques’ brother Jean-Philippe was a Hobey top 10 finalist last season as a goalie for North Dakota. Jacques is having a magical season with a nation leading 31 goals and a point total of 51, good for second in the nation after leading for most of the season. Was named Atlantic Hockey’s Player of the Year, a First Team all-star and won the scoring title.

  • 15 PPG’s lead the nation – transfer from Northern Michigan Univ.
  • Dad Jean-Pierre played for the Sioux – has five siblings all playing college or pro hockey
  • His twin sisters (Monique and Jocelyne) play for Minnesota in Women’s Frozen Four - brother Mario is at North Dakota and brother Pierre-Paul plays at Univ. of Manitoba
  • Security officer in his squadron – completed Combat Survival Training

Jamie McBain – University of Wisconsin, Junior, Defenseman, Faribault, Minnesota

Named as the WCHA Player of Year and First Team all-star, assistant-captain McBain has produced offensively at almost a point per game pace with 36 points in 38 games on 7 goals and 29 assists. He’s second in the nation in points by a defenseman. Especially dangerous on the power play, 24 of his points came with the manpower advantage for fourth best in the country.

  • Finished 7th in WCHA scoring – is tied for 11th in nation in assists
  • Carolina draft (2nd round) – leads Badgers in scoring
  • Played 2 years at NTDP in Ann Arbor – visits UW Children’s Hospital

David McIntyre – Colgate University, Junior, Forward, Pefferlaw, Ontario

Garnering First Team all-star recognition in ECAC Hockey this season, McIntyre posted the school’s best point total in nine years, tallying 43 points in 37 games to rank 16th in the nation in scoring. His 21 goals rank 9th in the nation while his +19 is 2nd in the ECAC. In league play, he was tied for first in goals, as well as tied for second in both assists and points.

  • Led team in goals, assists and points – had a 10-game point scoring streak
  • Dallas draft pick pick (5th round) – Economics major
  • Has 21 goals and 22 assists

Viktor Stalberg – University of Vermont, Junior, Forward, Gothenberg, Sweden

This Hockey East sniper has had an outstanding season, earning runner-up honors for Player of the Year while gaining First Team all-star gratitude. Deservedly so, he led Hockey East in goals and was third in points with 34 in 27 league games. On a national level, Stalberg ranks 5th in goals and tied for 16th in points. The Business Administration major has a 3.6 GPA and has been All Academic the past two years.

  • Is first Catamount since Martin St. Louis in 1997 to be nominated
  • Was Hockey East Player of the Month in January
  • Toronto draft pick (6th round) – has 7 PPG – has 23 goals and 20 assists in 36 games

Brad Thiessen – Northeastern University, Junior, Goalie, Aldergrove, British Columbia

Northeastern’s rise to national prominence was guided by the dependable play of Thiessen. Named Hockey East’s Player of the Year, First Team all-star and Goalie Champion, he played every minute of the season. Tied for second in the nation in wins with 25, he sports the 9th best GAA at 2.07 and 6th best save percentage at .932 while leading the nation in minutes played.

  • Hockey East Player of the Month in October and Goalie of Month November and January
  • Journalism major – named to Hockey East All Rookie team as freshman
  • Record of 25-10-4 – All Tourney at Dodge Holiday Classic at Minnesota

Colin Wilson – Boston University, Sophomore, Forward, Greenwich, Connecticut

Playmakers make it happen and few are doing what Wilson has done, earning 35 assists in 37 games to rank 3rd in the nation. With his14 goals, Wilson is third in the nation in scoring (49 points) and earned First Team Hockey East along the way. Last year’s Hockey East Rookie of the Year had 21 points in BU’s nation-best 17-game unbeaten streak.

  • Participates in Autism Speaks programs – History major
  • Had 3 points in Beanpot final, a 5-2 win – had 16 multiple-point games
  • Dad Carey played 13 years in NHL – Nashville draft pick (7th overall ’08)

Hobey Notes

  • Nominees by conference are: Hockey East 4, CCHA 2, ECAC Hockey 2, WCHA 1, Atlantic Hockey 1
  • By class nominees are: Senior 2, Junior 5, Sophomore 3
  • By position nominees are: forwards 5, goalies 3, defensemen 2
  • By nationality nominees are: U.S. 5 (Minnesota, North Dakota, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey-1 each), Canada 4 (Ontario-2, Alberta, British Columbia-1 each), Sweden 1
  • Hobey Baker Award Banquet will be held May 7, 2009 at 317 On Rice Park in St. Paul, Minnesota
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