The first batch of nominees for the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Award have been announced and there are 18 BCHL alums up for the honour.
Among the long list of nominees is none other than former Cent, Zach Risteau (2016-2018). During his two seasons with the Cents the forward put up 70 points in 74 games played. This season with the St. Lawrence Saints he’s put up 7 goals and 14 assists in 23 games played.
The award is based on the following criteria:
- Strength of character, on and off the ice
- Contribution to the integrity of the team and outstanding skills in all phases of the game
- Scholastic achievement and sportsmanship
- Compliance with all NCAA rules, including being a full-time student in an accredited college or university and completing 50 percent or more of the season
There are over 75 players nominated and they were submitted by the athletic departments of the Division I schools with a maximum of three candidates from any one school.
Fans have the opportunity to vote for players by visiting the Hobey Baker voting page.
Fan voting for the award will run through Mar. 9. Phase two of fan voting will begin Mar. 18 after the announcement of the top-10 nominees. The Hobey Hat Trick finalists will be revealed on Apr. 2 with the winner being announced Apr. 10 at the Frozen Four in Detroit, Mich.