Jan. 14, 2014
MADISON, Wis. - It is officially Hobey Baker season in college hockey. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award fan vote is now open.
Fans can now vote once every 24 hours for their pick as to who is college hockey's best player in 2013-14.
Among the candidates listed for Wisconsin are senior forward Michael Mersch, who leads the Big Ten in goals, junior defenseman Jake McCabe, who leads Big Ten defensemen in scoring, and junior goaltender Joel Rumpel, who leads the nation in winning percentage.
Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's highly popular fan-voting phase is now open. Visit the Hobey Baker website: www.hobeybakeraward.com.
Click on the Vote for Hobey icon and follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of college hockey players.
This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 9. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 20 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. The fans' vote accounts for a full one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.
Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award's namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.
Key Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2014 include:
Top Ten list of candidates: March 20
Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: April 2
Hobey Baker Award announcement: April 11
The 2014 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 11 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championship in Philadelphia. The 34th annual award announcement honoring college hockey's top player will be televised live.