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Goaltender Wilcox selected Hobey Baker Award finalist

Posted by: Jason Gonzalez Updated: March 20, 2014 - 3:27 PM

Adam Wilcox has joined another list of finalists. The Gophers sophomore goaltender was selected one of the final 10 candidates for the Hobey Baker Award on Thursday morning.

The award recognizes the nation’s top college hockey player.

On Wednesday Wilcox was announced a finalist for the inaugural Mike Richter Award honoring the nation’s top goaltender. On Monday he was selected as the Big Ten Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year.

Wilcox leads the Big Ten and ranks third nationally with 23 wins, a 1.91 goals-against average, and a .934 save percentage. He’s won two straight regular-season titles in the net and is on pace to set a Minnesota single-season record for save percentage. He has a career 48-12-11 record and six shutouts.

St. Cloud State’s senior forward Nic Dowd is also a Hobey Baker finalist. He has 39 points (21 goals, 18 assists) in 36 games. His 10 power-play goals are tied for fifth in the nation.

Joel Rumpel (Wisconsin), Josh Archibald (Nebraska-Omaha), Greg Carey (St. Lawrence), Ryan Dzingel (Ohio State), Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College), Shayne Gostisbehere (Union), Kevin Hayes (Boston College), CJ Motte (Ferris State) are the other finalists.

The group was selected by voting from the 59 Division 1 college hockey head coaches and online fan voting. The final three will be announced on April 2 and selected by a 27-member selection committee and another round of online fan voting.

The winner will be announced on April 11 during the Frozen Four in Philadelphia.

Breaking down your 10 finalists (courtesy Hobey Baker):

Adam Wilcox – University of Minnesota, Sophomore, Goalie, South St. Paul, Minnesota

Numerous honors have already been awarded to Wilcox including Big Ten Player of the Year, Goalie of the Year and First Team all-conference. Presently sitting third in the nation in goals against average and second in save percentage, he has been instrumental in the Gophers 16-week stay atop the national rankings. In 25 of 33 games played, he allowed two goals or less.

  • Currently has a record of 23-4-6 with three shutouts - .934 save percentage is 2nd nation
  • Has a goals against average of 1.91 for 3rd in nation – first in Big Ten in GAA and SP
  • Has posted top two single season goals against averages in 93-year Gopher history

Josh Archibald – University of Nebraska-Omaha, Junior, Forward, Brainerd, Minnesota

A dangerous offensive threat, Archibald becomes the first ever scoring champion of the new NCHC recording 32 points in 24 conference games. Heading into conference championships, he is second in the nation in goal scoring (29) in 37 games. Named First Team all-conference, he’s a finalist for the circuit’s Player of the Year and Forward of the Year.

  • Had 29 goals, 14 assists for 43 points in 37 games – had 6 game-winners and 8 power play goals
  • General Studies major – regular visitor to Children’s Hospital and Adopt A Family
  • Pittsburgh draft pick (6th round) – coach Dean Blais also coached his dad Jim at UND

Greg Carey – St. Lawrence University, Senior, Forward, Hamilton, Ontario

A repeat Hobey Baker top ten finalist, Carey led the nation in goals last year, and this year he leads in assists (39) and power play points (31). Has led the Saints in scoring for four straight years and repeats as scoring champion in the ECAC. His 57 points has him sitting second in the nation. A finalist this year for ECAC Player of the Year and Student-Athlete of the Year.

  • Finishes season with 18 goals, 39 assists for 57 points in 38 games – had a 20-game point streak
  • History major with 3.68 GPA – All Academic four years
  • Member of advisory committee on athletics – participates with Saints Kids Club

Nic Dowd – St. Cloud State University, Senior, Forward, Huntsville, Alabama

Renowned as a solid two-way player, Dowd was a big part of St. Cloud State clinching the first ever NCHC regular season title. Already honored as First Team all-conference, Dowd, captain of the Huskies and tied for the team lead in points, is a finalist for four other league awards: Player of the Year, Forward of the Year, Defensive Forward of the Year and Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

  • Has 21 goals, 18 assists for 39 points in 36 games – 10 power play goals tied 5th nation
  • Los Angeles draft pick (7th round) – first ever Hobey finalist from Alabama
  • Pre-medicine major with 3.61 GPA – works with school’s Student Advisory Council

Ryan Dzingel – Ohio State University, Junior, Forward, Wheaton, Illinois

Led the new Big Ten conference in points with 24 in 20 games; overall, he leads the conference in points, tied for the lead in goals and is second in assists. Among the many offensive categories he tops the circuit in, are power play points with 18. A First Team all-conference performer, Dzingel can dangle with the best of them and had 12 multiple point games.

  • Has 20 goals, 23 assists for 43 points in 34 games, tied for 12th in the nation in scoring
  • Communications major – Ottawa draft pick (7th round) – Assistant captain
  • Active in community events visiting James Cancer Hospital, a Buckeye Buddy and assisting youth hockey teams

Johnny Gaudreau – Boston College, Junior, Forward, Carneys Point, New Jersey

Gaudreau was a Hobey hat trick finalist last year and returns as a top ten finalist. He tops the nation in points and goals averaging almost two points per game with 69 points – the most of any Division I player in three years. The Hockey East scoring champion is a finalist for the conference Player of the Year award and has recorded points in all but two games this year including tieing a Hockey East record with a 31-game point streak (Paul Kariya-Maine).

  • Has 32 goals, 37 assists for 69 points in 37 games – 2nd in nation in assists
  • Calgary draft pick (4th round) – Communications major
  • Has 10 power play goals, tied for fifth in nation – 6 game-winning goals tied 2nd nation

Shayne Gostisbehere – Union College, Junior, Defense, Margate, Florida

(Pronounced GOSS-tiss-bear)  The smooth, puck-handling defenseman helped Union to the ECAC regular season title and topped all college hockey players in the Hobey Baker fan ballot. An assistant captain, Gostisbehere ranked eighth in the nation in points by a defenseman (28) and topped the Dutchmen in shots on goal. He’s a finalist for the ECAC Best Defensive Defenseman.

  • Has 8 goals, 20 assists for 28 points in 36 games – was 3rd in ECAC in points by defense
  • Philadelphia draft pick (3rd round) – History major
  • Community work includes serving Thanksgiving meals, trash pickup, book drive

Kevin Hayes – Boston College, Senior, Forward, Dorchester, Massachusetts

A linemate of Gaudreau, Hayes is third in the nation in points and has tripled his goal output from the previous season. His plus-minus of +26 is tied for third in the nation as he continues to average one and a half points per game. Hayes collected points in 12 straight outings mid-season, and was named the MVP of the historic Beanpot Tournament.

  • Has 24 goals, 32 assists for 56 points in 37 games – has 6 game-winning goals
  • Chicago draft pick (1st round) – Communications major
  • Recorded points in 29 of 37 games and Eagles went 24-2-3

CJ Motte – Ferris State University, Junior, Goalie, St. Clair, Michigan

The newly remodeled WCHA found Ferris atop the league thanks to Motte and his nation leading 26 wins. Ferris was ranked in the top five in the country for 15 weeks, propelled by a 16-game unbeaten streak and Motte didn’t lose a game in the first half of the season. A First Team all-conference selection, Motte has helped Ferris to two regular season titles in three years.

  • Currently has a record of 26-7-3 with 4 shutouts - .928 save percentage is 10th in nation
  • Has a goals against average of 2.19 – honored as WCHA Defensive Player of Week 6 times
  • Construction Management major – active in several community causes

Joel Rumpel – University of Wisconsin, Junior, Goalie, Swift Current, Saskatchewan

Coming back from an early season injury, Rumpel turned the Badgers into Big Ten contenders and heads into conference playoffs ranking sixth in the nation in both goals against average and save percentage. Second Team all-conference in the Big Ten, he defined consistency throughout the season becoming the backbone of Wisconsin’s stingy team defense.

  • Currently has a record of 19-5-1 with two shutouts – .931 save percentage is 6th in nation
  • Has a goals against average of 2.19 – finished second in conference in GAA and SP
  • Personal Finance major – Children’s Hospital visits, Adopt-A-Player program

Hobey Notes

  • Nominees by conference: Big 10 – 3, Hockey East - 2, NCHC – 2, ECAC – 2, WCHA - 1
  • By class nominees are: Senior 3, Junior 6, Sophomore 1
  • By position nominees are: Forward 6, Defense 1, Goalie 3
  • By nationality nominees are: U.S. 8 (Minnesota-2, Massachusetts, Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey-1 each), Canada 2 (Saskatchewan, Ontario-1 each)
  • Hobey Baker Award Banquet will be held May 29, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Visit www.hobeybakeraward.com or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheHobey 
  • The Hobey Baker website also has the top ten video and in-depth bios

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