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2004 Winner - JUNIOR LESSARD of University of Minnesota-Duluth


Lessard, the Bulldogs’ alternate captain, became the seventh Bulldog to be named a Hobey Baker finalist. Lessard came away with top honors in the WCHA by securing a spot on the All-WCHA First Team, and claimed the illustrious honor of WCHA Player of the year for 2003-04. Lessard helped the Bulldogs advance to the Frozen Four for the first time in 11 years, and was rewarded for his efforts by being named to the NCAA Midwest All-Regional Tournament Team. He led the nation in points (61) and in goals (30). He was the WCHA co-scoring leader with 19 goals and 20 assists in league play. He also tied for second in the NCAA in power play goals (12) and ranked fourth in the NCAA in points per game at (1.46). His prolific goal scoring helped secure UMD to its highest (second) and the best regular season finish (23-10-4) in 11 years. Not withstanding his scoring ability, he was a +22 plus-minus on the season. After spending his first five years of pro hockey split between the NHL (Dallas, Tampa Bay) and several AHL teams, Lessard spent one season playing in Europe, and spent 2010-11 with Idaho in the ECHL. He has retired from pro hockey and resides in his hometown of St. Joseph deBeauce, Quebec.


2004 Runner-Ups

Yann Danis

Brown University, Goalie





Zach Parise

University of North Dakota, Forward





Brandon Bochenski

University of North Dakota, Forward




Derek Edwardson

Miami University, Forward




Jim Slater

Michigan State University, Forward




Keith Ballard

University of Minnesota, Defense




Steve Saviano

University of New Hampshire, Forward




Thomas Pock

University of Massachusetts Amherst, Defense




Tony Voce

Boston College, Forward