College hockey’s second half is in full swing bringing intense battles on the ice throughout the United States between teams vying for their league playoffs and ultimately, a trip to the NCAA’s Frozen Four Tournament in Tampa, Florida.
It is never a coincidence that the best teams are comprised of some of the best players. Players who deserve recognition in their own right.
Each year, there is one player who stands out more than others and that player is bestowed the Hobey Baker Award and you, college hockey fans, can have a say in who is the best player in the land.
The award is named after legendary sports hero Hobey Baker who was known, not only as the best hockey player but also the greatest collegiate athlete of his time while attending Princeton University (Class of 1914). Tragically, his life ended on December 21, 1918, in France during World War I, when a plane he was piloting crashed. Baker was 26 years old.
Balloting for the award begins on January 20 as the first of a two-phase vote and will close on March 6, 2016. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 17 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. The fans’ vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year’s award.
College hockey fans have two ways to cast their vote: go to the Hobey Baker website http://www.hobeybaker.com/vote or the Hobey Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHobey/. Follow the prompts to make your selection from this year’s outstanding crop of 66 college hockey players representing 37 NCAA Division I schools. Please spend some additional time to check out the detailed bios on each candidate.
The winner as college hockey’s top performer will be announced on April 8, 2016.