Minneapolis, MN- The three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award, presented to NCAA Hockey’s most outstanding player, were announced today and USPHL member club alumni Jack Eichel (Junior Bruins) and Jimmy Vesey (South Shore Kings) are two of the final three players in contention.
Eichel, a freshman at Boston University, leads the NCAA in assists (43), total points (67) and points per game (1.76) in 38 games played. He also played for Team USA in the 2015 World Junior Championship, serving as the captain and tallying four points (1 goal, three assists) in five games. The North Chelmsford, MA, native led the Terriers to their first Frozen Four appearance since 2009 and is expected to be chosen with one of the first two picks in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Vesey, a junior at Harvard, leads the NCAA in goals (32), sits second in points per game (1.57), and is third in total scoring (58) points in 37 games. The North Reading, MA, native led the Crimson to their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2006 and was selected by the Nashville Predators in the third round (66th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
The award will be presented at Boston’s Matthews Arena on April 10 during the 2015 Frozen Four.
Four players from USPHL member teams have been named finalists with Matt Gilroy (South Shore Kings/ Boston University) winning the award in 2009.
Congratulations to Jack, Jimmy, the Junior Bruins, and the South Shore Kings.