Wisconsin’s Caufield, Minnesota State’s McKay, North Dakota’s Pinto named Hobey Baker Award finalists for 2020-21 school hockey season


From left, the 2021 Hobey Hat Trick – Cole Caufield, Dryden McKay, Shane Pinto.

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee introduced Thursday the three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists for the 2021 award, honoring school hockey’s prime participant.

Alphabetically, they’re Wisconsin sophomore ahead Cole Caufield, Minnesota State junior goaltender Dryden McKay and North Dakota sophomore ahead Shane Pinto.

The three finalists had been chosen from the preliminary checklist of 10 candidates by the 30-member choice committee and an extra spherical of on-line fan balloting to find out this yr’s Hobey Baker Award winner.

Standards for the award contains displaying excellent abilities in all phases of the sport, power of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

Referred to as a prolific scorer, Caufield soared to the highest of the nationwide scoring charts, main the nation in complete factors whereas averaging nearly a objective per recreation. He grew to become the primary participant within the eight-year historical past of the Massive Ten convention to win back-to-back scoring titles.

Moreover, the league rewarded him as Participant of the 12 months and First Workforce all-conference. Pouring in 30 targets in 31 video games, Caufield completed the season with a flurry, recording 15 a number of level video games in his closing 18 contests. His shoot-first mentally noticed him unload 165 photographs on objective, averaging 5.3 photographs per recreation – each numbers main the nation. He additionally gained a gold medal for Workforce USA on the 2021 World Junior Championship.

· Completed his season with 30 targets, 22 assists for 52 factors in 31 video games – averaged 1.68 factors per recreation to steer the nation
· Led the nation with 24 energy play factors and 11 energy play targets
· Montreal draft (1st spherical – fifteenth total) – signed a professional contract following this season

For 2 straight years, McKay is a Hobey Baker and Mike Richter Award prime ten finalist, making the ultimate three for every this previous season.

For the second straight marketing campaign, he has posted a nationwide finest 10 shutouts, and his three-year physique of labor totals 24 shutouts – second all-time in NCAA historical past (Hobey 2001 winner Ryan Miller holds the file with 26). McKay backstopped the Mavericks to a second straight WCHA common season title and helped information them to their first ever look on the NCAA Frozen 4. The WCHA rewarded him as Participant of the 12 months, Goalie of the 12 months and First Workforce all-conference.

· His present file is: 21-3-0 (.875 win share finest in nation) – targets in opposition to common 1.39 (2nd finest in nation) – save share .931 (tied-Sixth in nation)
· In 25 video games began, allowed two or much less targets in 19 video games – professional hockey free agent
· Finance main with 3.83 GPA – First Workforce All-American final season

A coaches’ dream – a accountable, aggressive 200-foot participant – Pinto helped information the Preventing Hawks to NCHC regular-season and playoff titles.

Whereas profitable the convention common season scoring title, Pinto was honored with quite a few league awards: Participant of the 12 months, Ahead of the 12 months, Defensive Ahead of the 12 months and First Workforce all-conference. Harmful within the faceoff circle, he gained 61.9% of faceoffs, fifth finest within the nation. His experience on the facility play noticed him ranked prime 5 nationally in each energy play factors and targets (7-7 for 14 factors). Pinto completed the season tied for ninth within the nation in scoring and tied for seventh in targets.

· Completed his season with 15 targets, 17 assists for 32 factors – had 12 a number of level video games
· Kinesiology main with 3.59 GPA – Ottawa draft (2nd spherical)
· Final season: NCHC Rookie of 12 months; led Workforce USA in scoring at World Junior Championship

The Hobey Baker Award winner might be introduced on Friday, April 9 throughout a reside broadcast on NHL Community and streamed at hobeybaker.com starting at 6 p.m. EDT. Further nationwide awards may even be introduced in the course of the present.

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