Gaudreau, Hartzell and Leblanc named Hobey Baker finalists

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Drew Leblanc - St. Cloud State University

Photo: St. Cloud State forward and captain Drew Leblanc (R) bounced back from an injury-shortened 2011-12 campaign to turn in what could be a Hobey Baker-worthy season in his senior year (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)

The top three finalists for this year’s Hobey Baker Award have been announced. Boston College sophomore and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau, Quinnipiac senior Eric Hartzell and St. Cloud State red-shirted senior Drew Leblanc comprise this year’s “Hobey Hat Trick”. Each year, the award recognizes the top collegiate player who excels both on and off the ice.

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Olkinuora making the most of his opportunities with DU

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Juho Olkinuora - Denver University

Photo: The season is over for Juho Olkinuora and his Denver University teammates, but the Pioneers' goaltender has come out of nowhere to the point where he is now on the NHL's radar (courtesy of Fred Kfoury/Icon SMI)

Two years ago, Juho Olkinuora was an unknown. After going 14-13 with a 2.78 goals-against average in 2011 for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the USHL, the Helsinki native returned home to Finland empty-handed with no scholarship offers to play college hockey in the United States.

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NCAA college prospects notebook for March, 2013

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Riley Barber - Miami University

Photo: Although Washington Capitals prospect Riley Barber and his Miami University teammates had their season ended by St. Cloud State, Barber had an enormously successful freshman season with the RedHawks (courtesy of Scott W. Grau/Icon SMI)

The final 2012-13 edition of the NCAA notebook takes a look back at some of the month’s memorable performances and fantastic finishes. The notebook also takes a look at a few surprises that took place around college hockey involving a number of NHL prospects playing in college hockey. Unless otherwise noted, all stats are current as of Mar. 31st.

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NCAA Tournament: #1 Quinnipiac and #4 Notre Dame head Saturday’s regional matches

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Anders Lee - University of Notre Dame

Photo: Notre Dame forward and New York Islanders prospect Anders Lee is the top offensive player for the Fighting Irish (courtesy of Tim G. Zechar / Icon SMI)

The NCAA Hockey Tournament gets underway today, with 16 teams competing to whittle the number down to the four schools that will take part in the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four Championship taking place in April.

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NCAA Tournament: West regional features #2 Minnesota while Northeast showcases #3 UMass Lowell

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Erik Haula - University of Minnesota

Photo: University of Minnesota forward and Minnesota Wild prospect Erik Haula is an integral part of the Golden Gophers' potent offensive attack heading into the 2013 NCAA Tournament (courtesy of Scott A. Schneider/Getty Images)

The 16-team field for this year’s NCAA Tournament is now set. While several of last year’s tournament participants are back, others are making return trips after missing the tournament for a year or more. The tournament will also have one participant making its first-ever appearance.

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