U-M’s Kyle Connor named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award

Although the Michigan Wolverines won’t be heading to Tampa Bay for the Frozen Four after falling short in regional finals of the NCAA Tournament, one of their own will represent Michigan as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award.

U-M freshman forward Kyle Connor was named one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award on Thursday, an award that is given to the nation’s top collegiate hockey player. The other finalists include Boston College goaltender Thatcher Demko and Harvard forward Jimmy Vesey.

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Connor led the nation with 35 goals and 71 points on the season, which included 19 multi-point performances and 7 game-winning goals. The freshman phenom could become the third player in Michigan hockey history to win the award.

His Wolverine linemates, juniors J.T. Compher and Tyler Motte, also were top-10 finalists for the award and made up a line that featured the three top-scoring players in college hockey.

The Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced April 8th at the Frozen Four in Tampa Bay.

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