Photo: Boston College winger Johnny Gaudreau was part of the Hobey Hat Trick as one of three finalists for college hockey's top individual award (courtesy of Michael Tureski/Icon SMI)
Boston College did not make the 2013 Frozen Four, but they were nonetheless well represented at the festivities, with sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau among the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Gaudreau was the only underclassman to be selected as a finalist for the award, with the other two, winner Drew LeBlanc (CHI) and Eric Hartzell, both seniors. He was also the only member of the trio whose team did not make it to the Frozen Four.
Photo: St. Cloud State junior defenseman Nick Jensen, who was named the WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, also earned national recognition as part of the All-America West First team (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
In this special edition of the NCAA prospect notebook, Hockey’s Future takes a look at some stories making headlines at the 2013 Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, PA.
Article: The state of California will be well-represented when Quinnipiac and Yale square off for the NCAA National Championship on Saturday night in Pittsburgh, PA.
Over the last 20 years, hockey has dramatically grown and flourished in the Golden State. The sport has sent numerous players to the NCAA as well as the WHL. The number of players choosing the collegiate route continues to increase, which in turn, is benefiting teams vying for National Championships each year. And that has been especially true this season. Of the five Californians among the Frozen Four participating teams, four are members of the two teams playing in Saturday night’s National Championship game.
Photo: St. Cloud State forward Drew LeBlanc's season and college career ended one game earlier than he would have liked, but he received a nice consolation prize after being named the 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
St. Cloud State red-shirted senior Drew LeBlanc has been named the recipient of the 2013 Hobey Baker Award as college hockey’s top player The Hermantown, MN native is the first player from St. Cloud State to win the prestigious honor.
Photo: Quinnipiac University teammates Eric Hartzell (L) and Kellen Jones (R) celebrate Jones' second period goal that gave the Bobcats their 4-1 advantage over St. Cloud State (courtesy of Jeanine Leech/Icon SMI)
Behind a dominating defensive effort and the clutch goaltending of senior Eric Hartzell, Quinnipiac is now one step away from winning their first National Championship in program history after defeating St. Cloud State, 4-1, in the second Frozen Four semi-final game on Thursday night.