Three University of Minnesota players are among the 66 originally nominated for the 2017 Hobey Baker Award.
Senior defenseman Jake Bischoff, senior forward Justin Kloos and sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy are the Gopher representatives in the fan vote running through March 5th. Each school can nominate up to three representatives.
That's the case for the Gophers. Bischoff, who has a career-high 18 points, leads the Big Ten in blocks with 58. Kloos has 28 points (12G-16A) in 24 games while leading the team as captain. Sheehy leads Minnesota in goals (15) and points (33). His point total also leads the Big Ten and is 12th in the nation.
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The top ten nominees from a combination of the fan vote, coaches and the Hobey Baker Award committee (mostly the latter) will be announced March 16th.
A total of 11 Minnesota natives are nominated. Other familiar names to Minnesota fans are Wild draft picks Luke Kunin and Louie Belpedio.
The award, which dates back to 1981, is named after turn of the century Princeton athlete Hobey Baker, who passed away during World War I.
Criteria for the award includes: 1) Exhibiting strength and character, both on and off the ice. 2) Contributing to the integrity of the team. 3) Displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game; Show scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.
The 2017 Hobey Baker Award will be presented on Friday April 7th in Chicago a day prior to the national championship game.
Harvard's Jimmy Vesey was the 2016 Hobey Baker Award recipient.