Three Gophers are among the nominees for this year's Hobey Baker Award, and fans can help them earn college hockey's top honor by voting online through March 8.
All-Americans Mike Reilly, Adam Wilcox and Kyle Rau represent the Gophers on the nomination form.
Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's highly popular fan-voting opened on Wednesday, January 7. 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. Please spend some additional time to check out the detailed bios on each candidate.
This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 8, 2015. Phase two of fan balloting will begin onfrom 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 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 2015 include:
- Top Ten list of candidates:
- Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: April 2
- Hobey Baker Award announcement:
The 2015 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on www.hobeybakeraward.com.during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Boston, MA. For more info on the Hobey Baker Award or to access the Hobey logo, please visit