|Thursday, March 20
Updated: March 22, 2:22 PM ET
Ten finalists named for Hobey Baker Award
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- University of North Dakota freshman forward Zach Parise is one of 10 finalists named Thursday for the Hobey Baker Award, college hockey's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.
Parise will compete with Colorado College forward Peter Sejna, the nation's top scorer, and Cornell goaltender Dave LeNeveu, who has the best goals-against record in the country.
Candidates were chosen by a panel of 60 NCAA Division I college hockey coaches, and by a fan vote. The winner, determined by a selection committee and a fan vote through voteforhobey.com, will be announced April 11 in Buffalo, N.Y., during the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament.
Sejna, a junior, is the only college player averaging two points per game (77 points in 38 matches). The WCHA Player of the Year has recorded points in all but one game this season. Sejna, from Liptovsky Mikulas, Slovakia, is only the second European to be a Hobey Baker candidate.
LeNeveu, a sophomore, led the country in goals-against record for the second straight year. His current mark of 1.14 not only leads all goalies by a goal per game, but it would be the lowest in college hockey history. The ECAC Co-Player of the Year had eight shutouts and stopped over 94 percent of shots he faced.
The other Hobey Baker finalists are: junior forward Ben Eaves of Boston College; sophomore forward Christopher Higgins of Yale; senior forward Chris Kunitz of Ferris State; senior defenseman John-Michael Liles of Michigan State; Ohio State junior forward R.J. Umberger; senior defenseman Tom Preissing of Colorado College; and junior forward Joe Tallari of Niagara, who is the first College Hockey America player to be a top-ten Hobey Baker finalist.