Ten Finalists named for the 2006 Hobey Baker Award

By DJ Powers

On Thursday, the 10 finalists for the 2006 Hobey Baker Award were announced. The Hobey Baker Award is given out annually to the nation’s top collegiate player. Six current NHL prospects were among the 10 players selected. The finalists comprise of seven forwards, two defensemen, and one goaltender. The WCHA is the conference with the most representation with five players, followed by the CCHA and Hockey East with two apiece and the ECACHL with one. All of the finalists are upperclassmen, made up of six seniors and four juniors.

The “Hobey Hat Trick”, which are the top three finalists from the 10 just nominated, will be announced on Mar. 29. The Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced on Friday, Apr. 7 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, the location of this year’s Frozen Four.

Matt Carle, D
Junior – University of Denver
NHL Rights: San Jose Sharks

With the departure of the outstanding group of veteran defensemen that helped lead the Denver Pioneers to back-to-back championships the last two years, Matt Carle assumed the captaincy role for the team as well as provided a stabilizing presence on a very young Pioneers blue line this season. He has led by example of the highest caliber and in the process solidified his place in the annals of the Denver hockey history books.

The exceptionally talented blueliner currently leads the nation in scoring among defensemen with 53 points (11 goals, 42 assists). His 42 assists leads the nation overall. His 1.36 points per game is tied with teammate Paul Stastny (COL) for 10th in the nation. In addition to assists, Carle also led Denver in plus/minus (+19) and shots (149) this season. His 42 assists set a new school single season assists record by a defenseman. He fell one point shy of tying the school’s single season record for points by a defenseman.

Most recently, Carle made WCHA history garnering both the WCHA’s Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was also named to the WCHA All-Academic team as well as the All-Conference First Team.

Chris Collins. F
Senior – Boston College
NHL Rights: Undrafted

At 5’8/189 lbs. Boston College senior Chris Collins maybe small in stature but his game and his heart are definitely not. After three years of playing in the shadows of some excellent forwards, Collins made his arrival and presence known this season. While he has been superb in even strength situations, he has been lethal on special teams.

The Fairport, NY native currently ranks third in the nation in scoring with 57 points (30 goals, 27 assists). His 30 goals and 0.83 goals per game also rank third. Collins leads the nation in points per game with 1.58. Of the 30 goals that he has scored this season, eight have come on the power play and five have come shorthanded.

Earlier this season, Collins became the 64th player in Boston College hockey history to amass 100 or more career points.

Collins’ excellent season has earned him three Hockey East Offensive Player of the Week honors and two Hockey East Player of the Month honors for December and January. Most recently, he was named Hockey East Player of the Year and was selected to the All-Conference First Team. In addition, he has been named a finalist for the Walter Brown Award, which is given annually to the top American-born collegiate player in New England.

Brian Elliott, G
Junior – University of Wisconsin
NHL Rights: Ottawa Senators

After playing behind former Badgers goaltender Bernd Bruckler the last two seasons, Brian Elliott has not only emerged as a bona fide elite goaltender this season but he is also etching his name in the Wisconsin hockey record books. His five shutouts are a new school single season record. He is also on pace to set a new school record for goals against average and save percentage in a single season.

The Newmarket, Ontario native currently leads the nation in wins (22), goals against average (1.68) and winning percentage (.810). He also ranks second in the nation in save percentage (.934). One of his more remarkable stats is the fact that he has allowed four or more goals in just four of the 29 games that he has appeared in this season. All of this despite missing eight games back in December and January due to a knee injury.

Elliott’s stellar season performance earned him numerous accolades throughout the season, including the CSTV/HCA National Player of the Month for November. Most recently, he was named the WCHA Goaltending Champion after posting a 1.84 goals against average and .930 save percentage, both conference bests, in WCHA play to go along with his 15-3-3 conference record. He was also named to the WCHA All-Academic Team and was an All-Conference Second Team selection.

Andy Greene, D
Senior – Miami University
NHL Rights: Undrafted

You’d be hard-pressed to find many defensemen like Miami senior Andy Greene in the NCAA today. He’s the complete package, excellent at both ends of the ice with leadership skills that are among the best you’ll find in the league. At 5’9, Greene is also on the small side for a defenseman, but his lack of size hasn’t hindered what he does on the ice. He’s been an integral part of a Miami team that captured its first CCHA regular season title since the 1992-93 season.

The RedHawks team captain has put up very good, but not spectacular, numbers this season. He currently ranks tied for ninth in the nation in scoring among defensemen with 29 points (nine goals, 20 assists). His 29 points lead all Miami defensemen. He ranks second on the team in plus/minus (+20) and power play points (15). One of the more remarkable statistics about Greene is the fact that he has never missed a game in his entire collegiate career. Coming into this weekend’s CCHA Mason Cup semifinals, Greene has played in 156 consecutive games.

Back on Jan. 13 versus Notre Dame, the Trenton, MI native became just the fourth defenseman in the history of the Miami RedHawks program to eclipse the 100-point mark.

Recently, Greene made CCHA history by becoming the first defenseman ever to capture both the conference’s Best Offensive and Defensive Defensemen awards in the same year. In addition, he was a unanimous selection to the CCHA All-Conference First Team.

Greg Moore, F
Senior – University of Maine
NHL Rights: New York Rangers

University of Maine senior and team captain Greg Moore had the opportunity last summer to sign with the New York Rangers but opted to return to Orono to finish out a superb collegiate career instead. His quiet leadership and exceptional work ethic are two characteristics that have made him a valuable commodity in the Black Bears arsenal this season, helping to propel Maine to another likely NCAA Tournament bid.

Moore currently leads the Black Bears in scoring with 42 points (26 goals, 16 assists). He also leads the team in several other categories, including goals (26), power play goals (12), game-winning goals (4) and shots (148). His 26 goals along with his 0.68 goals per game average both rank sixth in the nation. As Maine’s current “iron man”, Moore has played in 102 consecutive games going into the Hockey East semi-finals this weekend.

Back on Mar. 10 versus UMass-Lowell, Moore became the 45th player in the history of the Black Bears program to reach the 100-point career mark.

The Lisbon, Maine native was recently selected to the Hockey East All-Conference First Team, the first in his career, and was the runner-up to Boston University’s Brad Zancanaro for the conference’s Best Defensive Forward award. Moore has also been named a finalist for the Walter Brown Award.

Scott Parse, F
Junior – University of Nebraska-Omaha
NHL Rights: Los Angeles Kings

For Scott Parse, the 2005-06 season was one for the record books that featured new personal bests. He has set a new standard at Nebraska-Omaha and is truly a great testament to how far the relatively young and unknown program has come.

Parse currently leads the nation in scoring with 61 points (20 goals, 41 assists). He currently ranks fourth in points per game (1.52) and assists per game (1.02).

For the Portage, Michigan native, this was a record setting year. Earlier this month in the Mavericks second game of the CCHA opening round match versus Bowling Green, he established a new school record for career points when he posted his 145th on his 20th goal of the season. Parse has also set new school records for career goals (75) and assists (90) as well as broke his own records for points and assists in a season.

Most recently, Parse garnered the CCHA Player of the Year honor as well as being selected to the CCHA All-Conference First Team. His selections as a Hobey Baker Finalist and CCHA Player of the Year are firsts for the University of Nebraska-Omaha hockey program.

Ryan Potulny, F
Junior – University of Minnesota
NHL Rights: Philadelphia Flyers

On a Minnesota team that is loaded with exceedingly great talent and scoring depth, junior Ryan Potulny has been the man leading the offensive charge. This season he has firmly established himself as one of the premiere scoring threats in the nation. To say that Potulny has been a torrid scoring pace of late is probably an understatement. During Minnesota’s current 14-game unbeaten streak (13-0-1), he has amassed 25 points (15 goals, 10 assists), notching a point in all but three games.

The Grand Forks, ND native currently ranks second in the nation in scoring with 58 points (34 goals, 24 assists) and is tied for second with 15 power play goals. His 34 goals and 0.89 goals per game both rank first in the nation. He has posted three hat tricks this season and has a point in 29 of the 38 games that he has played in thus far. His scoring consistency is further shown in the fact that he has 17 multi-point and 10 multi-goal games this season.

Potulny’s sensational season has earned him three WCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors and the CSTV/HCA National Player of the Month for February. Most recently, he was named to the WCHA All-Conference First Team.

Marty Sertich, F
Senior – Colorado College
NHL Rights: Undrafted

Last year’s winner of the Hobey Baker award is getting another shot at possibly making it two in a row. Senior Marty Sertich is one of two Colorado College players to make the top 10 cut this season. The versatile centerman hasn’t quite enjoyed the same season that he had last year, but nevertheless still managed to put up very good numbers. Sertich currently ranks second on the Tigers squad in scoring with 48 points (14 goals, 34 assists). His 48 points is tied for 13th in the nation while his 34 assists rank fifth.

Earlier this season, the Roseville, MN native reached two milestones. Back on October 22nd versus Air Force, he tallied his 50th career goal. Later, on December 9th versus Minnesota-Duluth, he notched his 100th career assist.

In January, the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame named Sertich the 2005 Men’s College Athlete of the Year. Most recently, he was named as a participant in the upcoming Frozen Four Skills Challenge (along with fellow Hobey Baker finalist Chris Collins) as well as to the WCHA All-Conference Second Team.

Brett Sterling, F
Senior – Colorado College
NHL Rights: Atlanta Thrashers

Returning as a Hobey Baker finalist again this year is Colorado College senior Brett Sterling. Like teammate Marty Sertich, Sterling’s numbers are slightly off last season’s totals. The Pasadena, CA native leads the Tigers in scoring with 54 points (31 goals, 23 assists). His 54 points also rank fourth in the nation. Sterling leads the nation with 17 power play goals and his 31 goals overall rank second in the nation. He also co-leads the nation in game-winning goals (8). One of the cornerstones to the Tigers success this season has been the relatively consistent point production that the team has gotten out of Sterling. Of the 40 games that he has appeared in thus far, Sterling has posted at least one point in 29 of them.

On February 17th versus Alaska Anchorage, Sterling joined some very elite company when he became just the fourth player in Colorado College hockey history to hit the century mark in goal scoring. He currently ranks third on Colorado College’s all-time list in career goals with 108.

Sterling’s explosive start to the 2005-06 season earned him the CSTV/HCA National Player of the Month for October. During the month he posted 16 points (eight goals, eight assists). The speedy and tenacious forward more recently was named to the WCHA All-Conference First Team as well as the All-Conference Academic Team.

T.J. Trevelyan, F
Senior – St. Lawrence University
NHL Rights: Undrafted

The lone ECACHL representative among the ten Hobey Baker finalists this season is the smooth skating and offensively gifted SLU senior T.J. Trevelyan. The Mississauga, Ontario native led the Saints in virtually every offensive category this season. He finished the season with 48 points (19 goals, 29 assists). He also led the team with eight power play goals and two short-handed goals.

With his collegiate career ended, Trevelyan leaves behind an outstanding career at SLU with his name firmly entrenched in the Saints hockey history books. He concludes his career with 154 points (78 goals, 76 assists). His 154 points ranks ninth on the all-time career list, while his 78 goals rank fifth.

Recently, Trevelyan was named the ECACHL Player of the Year after posting a conference-high 32 points (12 goals, 20 assists) in conference play. His 12 goals also rank first in conference play. In addition to taking home the conference’s Player of the Year honor, Trevelyan was the lone unanimous selection to the All-Conference First Team. This is the second consecutive year that Trevelyan has been named to the All-Conference First Team, becoming just the second SLU player to achieve the feat since the conference all stars honors inception back in the 1961-62 season.

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