Feb. 22, 2012
MADISON, Wis. -- In just over three weeks, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Top 10 will be announced, with junior Justin Schultz and sophomore Mark Zengerle standing in strong contention.
Fans can play their part in voting for the duo at the Hobey Baker Fan Vote, open until March 4. The Top 10 list will then be announced March 15.
Fans can also dive deeper into the seasons both Schultz and Zengerle have put together by checking out Hobey Baker pages for each skater. These pages include highlight videos, full stats, biographies, photo galleries, feature stories and more.
Schultz for Hobey
Zengerle for Hobey
Schultz, who was named a Hobey Baker Top 10 finalist last season, has continued to build his status as one of the top defensemen ever to play at the collegiate ranks with another phenomenal campaign in 2011-12.
Schultz leads all defensemen in the country with 13 goals and 40 points. At 1.33 points per game, Schultz ranks 11th among all skaters in the nation.
With 109 career points, Schultz ranks ninth among Wisconsin defensemen all-time, including fifth through three seasons. His 37 goals are third all-time for a defenseman in school history and 10th all-time in WCHA history.
For Zengerle, the 2011-12 season has been a campaign in which the Rochester, N.Y. native has risen to one the offensive elite of NCAA DI hockey.
Zengerle is tied for seventh in the country with 41 points and fourth in the nation with 30 assists. He is one of just three skaters in the country averaging at least one assist per game.
With 36 assists last season, Zengerle has also become just the fourth skater in Wisconsin history with 30 assists in each of his first two seasons. He joins Theran Welsh, Mark Johnson and Chris Chelios in that exclusive club.
Awarded annually since 1981, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award has honored the top college hockey skater in the country each season.
Blake Geoffrion became Wisconsin’s first Hobey Baker award recipient, winning the award in 2010. Legendary Badger coach Bob Johnson was also named a “Legend of College Hockey” by the Hobey Baker Award Committee in 2000.
Wisconsin has also had four Top 10 finalists in the last three seasons.
Following the Top 10 selection announced on March 15, the field of Hobey Baker candidates will be narrowed to three with the announcement of the Hobey Hat Trick on March. 29.
The 2012 Hobey Baker winner will then be announced April 6 in Tampa, Fla in conjunction with the 2012 NCAA Men's Frozen Four.