The Hobey Baker Foundation on Wednesday announced the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2007 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: David Brown, senior goalie from Notre Dame; Ryan Duncan, sophomore forward from North Dakota; and Eric Ehn, junior forward from Air Force.
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 25-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 6, 2007 from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, during the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament. The announcement will be aired live on ESPNU at 6:00 pm CT.
David Brown of Notre Dame is a senior goalie who turned in a spectacular season helping the Fighting Irish to a pair of school firsts: the CCHA regular season championship and the CCHA playoff title. Advancing to the NCAA Midwest Regional as the number one seed, Notre Dame fell in the championship game to CCHA rival Michigan State, 2-1. Named the CCHA Player of the Year, Brown, from Stoney Creek, Ontario, finished the season with a won-loss record of 30-6-3 in 39 games. He leads the nation in goals against average with a 1.58 mark (almost three-tenths better than his closest rival) and in wins. His outstanding save percentage of .931 is second in the nation. A Management Consulting major and on the school’s Dean’s List, Brown also found time to assist in the Buddy Walk for kids with Downs Syndrome, volunteered every Tuesday for a Kindergarten Read-To-A-Kid program and assisted in team sponsored Christmas parties for kids. A Pittsburgh draft pick, Brown set seven career and single-season team records.
Ryan Duncan of North Dakota is a sophomore forward whose scoring exploits have helped the Fighting Sioux to their third straight visit to the NCAA Frozen Four tournament. In 42 games to date, the diminutive Duncan (5’8 and 155 pounds) has bagged 31 goals and 26 assists for 57 points planting him fourth in the nation in scoring and second in goals. His 17 power play markers are second best in the country. The WCHA Player of the Year led the conference in points, goals, power play goals and game winning goals. The Sioux defeated Minnesota 3-2 in overtime in the NCAA West Regional final, helped by Duncan’s first period tally. Hailing from Calgary, Alberta, Duncan is a pro hockey free agent and is undecided in his major, but is a WCHA All Academic student-athlete.
Eric Ehn of Air Force is flying high as a junior forward and has helped the Falcons to unprecedented heights. Ehn (pronounced EEN), from Dexter, Michigan, led the nation in scoring for several weeks during the season and finished the year with 24 goals and 40 assists for 64 points in 40 games, sitting second in the nation in points and assists. Becoming the first military person to be nominated for the Hobey Top Ten, Ehn led the Atlantic Hockey Association in points, goals and assists and set the AHA record for points in a season. The AHA Player of the Year sparked his Falcons to their first-ever NCAA tournament appearance, bowing out in a close 4-3 loss to Minnesota in the West Regional semifinal. Winning an excellent 63 percent of his faceoffs, the Air Force centerman is a Systems Engineering Management major and is AHA All Academic. He is the element leader for his squadron; assisted in the logistics of the Walk for a Cure for Juvenile Diabetes, has spoken and read books to numerous school groups, and helps dispense toys to hospitalized children during the team’s annual holiday toy drive.
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