For the second consecutive season, Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz has been named a top-ten finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The Award is given annually to the top player in college hockey.
The ten finalists were selected by voting from all 58 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting at www.hobeybakeraward.com.
Schultz becomes the first Badger to ever be named a two-time top-ten finalist for the award.
The junior blue-liner from West Kelowna, B.C. notched 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points in 37 games. Schultz led all defensemen in the country in scoring for the second consecutive season.
Schultz, a 2008 second round draft pick of the NHL's Anaheim Ducks was named to the All-WCHA First team, and was named the leagues top defenseman for the second year in a row.
A life sciences communication major, Schultz regularly volunteers at the UW Children's Hospital.
In addition to Schultz, the other nine finalists in alphabetical order, are: Spencer Abbott, Maine, Jack Connolly, Minnesota-Duluth, Brian Dumoulin, Boston College, Troy Grosenick, Union, Shawn Hunwick, Michigan, Tim Kirby, Air Force, Torey Krug, Michigan State, Austin Smith, Colgate and Reilly Smith, Miami.
Next, the 23-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting (at www.hobeybakeraward.com from March 16-25) will determine this year's Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
The Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists will be announced on March 29, 2012 and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 6, 2012 from MacDill Air Force Base, in Tampa, FL during the NCAA Frozen Four. A video feed of the award announcement can be watched live at Channelside in Tampa or live on the Hobey Baker website.
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