The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee is pleased to announce the three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists for the 2019 award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Adam Fox, a junior defenseman from Harvard University; Cale Makar, a sophomore defenseman from the University of Massachusetts; and Jimmy Schuldt, a senior defenseman from St. Cloud State University.
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 29-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 12, 2019 from HarborCenter in Buffalo, NY, during the NCAA Frozen Four. The 39th annual announcement will be televised live on the NHL Network at 6 p.m. ET, and streamed at www.hobeybaker.com. Here is more on this year’s three finalists:
Adam Fox – Harvard University – Junior, Defense, Jericho, New York
What a brilliant career it has been so far for Adam Fox. In his first two years on campus, he was named a First Team All American and has followed that up with another outstanding season. The smooth skating playmaker has piled up the points, currently sitting tied for third in the nation in scoring while topping all players in the country in assists and points per game, averaging almost one and half points per outing. He accumulated 23 power play points while anchoring Harvard’s number one ranked power play. Fox was named ECAC Player of the Year, Ivy League Player of the Year and First Team ECAC.
Cale Makar – University of Massachusetts – Sophomore, Defense, Calgary, Alberta
No stranger to accruing points, Cale Makar (mah-Car) is tied with Fox for third in the nation in scoring and he still has the NCAA Frozen Four to go. An elite skating, offensive-minded blue-liner, he is also tied for third in the country in assists and was named Hockey East Player of the Year. A unanimous First Team Hockey East selection, he helped UMass to two firsts: Hockey East regular season champions and a number one national ranking. Makar is the first defenseman in twenty years to lead the conference in scoring.
Jimmy Schuldt – St. Cloud State University – Senior, Defense, Minnetonka, Minnesota
After earning a Hobey Baker top ten finalist honor last season, Jimmy Schuldt (Shult) could have turned pro, but he wanted to return to the Huskies, becoming a three-time team captain. Schuldt helped St. Cloud to the NCHC regular season title, leading all defensemen in conference scoring. He was named NCHC Player of the Year, Defensive Defenseman of the Year, First Team all-conference and was a finalist for two other conference awards. Very durable, he never missed a game playing in 156 straight college hockey games.
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The Hobey Baker Award announcement at HarborCenter is a free event open to the public. Friday at the Frozen Four festivities will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET with an autograph signing featuring the two teams in the national championship game and the Hobey Hat Trick finalists. At 5:00 p.m., the Mike Richter Award honoring the nation’s top goalie will be announced, followed by the Hockey Humanitarian Award presentation at 5:15 and the Hockey Coaches Association announcement of their All American teams and other national awards. The Richter Award, Hockey Humanitarian Award and the All American announcements will also be streamed at www.hobeybaker.com. The Hobey Baker Award announcement will begin at 6 p.m. ET and will be aired live on NHL Network and streamed at www.hobeybaker.com. Credentialed media by the NCAA may use their NCAA pass for access to the media area – other media covering the Hobey Baker Award event only, will be seated in the media section.