Andy Miele wins 2011 Hobey Baker Award

By DJ Powers

Miami University senior Andy Miele was named the recipient of the 2011 Hobey Baker Award on Friday night at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN. He is the first ever RedHawk to win college hockey’s top honor.

The Grosse Pointe Woods, MI native led the nation in both points (71) and assists (47) playing in all 39 games this season for the RedHawks. He also led Miami to their first-ever Mason Cup Championship as winners of the CCHA Tournament.

Miele’s stellar senior season earned him numerous accolades including the CCHA Player of the Year. Most recently, he was named to the All-America West First Team.

Miele was the nation’s most consistent point producer this season and his numbers are staggering. He was held pointless in just six games all year. He has also registered 22 multi-point games, including ten where he posted three or more points. Earlier in the season, Miele set a new school record for consecutive games with a point when he registered a point in 17 consecutive games from January 8 to March 19.

Miele leaves Miami University having posted 159 career points (60 goals, 99 assists) in 141 career games.

“It shows how much they can develop players,” Miele said in how winning the award can also benefit Miami. “They have a great coaching staff and a great program there. You can go to a place like Miami and really develop into a great young man and a great player.”

Miele recently signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes.

“I think the opportunity is there to succeed and they have a great coaching staff too. So there was a little bit of everything that brought me to my decision to sign with Phoenix,” said Miele in why he chose to sign with the Coyotes. “There is a possibility that I may be playing with the team on Saturday in San Jose, but it depends on the standings.”

So what has been one thing that playing at Miami has taught Miele that has helped prepare him for the pro level?

“I would say just respecting everyone and not taking anything for granted. If you respect everyone, you’ll get respect back and that’s an important thing.”