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By Mike Klein, 04/10/15, 9:00PM EDT


Boston, MA- Junior Bruins alum Jack Eichel was announced as the winner of the 2015 Hobey Baker Award, presented to the top player in all of NCAA hockey.

Very few players in college hockey have arrived with as high expectations as Eichel, but the North Chelmsford, MA, native thrived under the spotlight, leading the nation in both points (70) and assists (44). He was also presented with the Tim Taylor Award, given to the NCAA Rookie of the Year.

Eichel is the second freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award after Paul Kariya (1993).

“It’s the greatest compliment to be compared to [Paul Kariya],” he stated after accepting the award. “It’s a great honor to win something that I’ve dreamed about my entire life.”

The award is one of the many honors Eichel has won in his first season in college hockey. He had also won the Hockey East Rookie of the Year, scoring title, Player of the Year, and tournament MVP. Prior to the announcement, he was also named a First Team All-American. Earlier in the season, Jack was named the MVP of the USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game.

Eichel becomes the second alum of a USPHL member club to win the Hobey Baker Award. Former South Shore King Matt Gilroy, also of Boston University, won the award in 2009.

Congratulations to Jack, his family, and the Junior Bruins.