The field for college hockey's top individual honor — the Hobey Baker Award — has been whittled to 10 and includes two candidates who starred for their Minnesota high schools.
Among those in the running to receive the award next month during the NCAA Frozen Four are Yale goaltender Alex Lyon, who played high school hockey at Lake of the Woods in Baudette, and Ethan Prow, a St. Cloud State defenseman who skated for Sauk Rapids High School.
The other contenders announced Wednesday by the award committee from an initial cut of 66 are: forward J.T. Compher, Michigan; forward Kyle Connor, Michigan; goaltender Thatcher Demko, Boston College; forward Zac Lynch, Robert Morris; forward Tyler Motte, Michigan; forward Alex Petan, Michigan Tech; forward Andrew Poturalski, New Hampshire; and forward Jimmy Vesey, Harvard.
The finalists were selected by voting from all 60 Div. I head coaches and by online fan balloting. Next, the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting through the Hobey Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/TheHobey/ or the Hobey website at www.hobeybakeraward.com from March 17-27 will determine this year's Hobey Baker winner.
The three finalists will be announced on March 31, winner will be revealed on April 8 in Tampa at the Frozen Four and televised live on the NHL Network. An awards banquet follows on May 26 in St. Paul.
Prow, a senior, is the only defenseman still in the hunt. The Huskies' captain led all blue-liners in the nation in points (35) and assists (27). His plus-29 is seventh in the nation.
Lyon, a junior, was an All-American last season, when he led the nation in goals against per game, save percentage and shutouts. This year, he has a record of 19-7-4 with four shutouts, a goals-against average of 1.59 (second nationally) and a .938 save percentage (tied for first nationally). His 50 wins in the net is a school record.
Last year's Hobey Baker recipient was Boston University forward Jack Eichel, who is now starring in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres.