Finalists for College Hockey's 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Announced

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Finalists for College Hockey's 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Announced
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Jack Connolly (right) of Minnesota-Duluth won the 2012 Hobey Baker Award, one year after helping the Bulldogs to a national title

The 10 finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the top player in NCAA Division I men's ice hockey, were announced earlier this month. Candidates are judged on playing ability, character, integrity, scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.  

There are eight forwards and two goaltenders among this year's finalists. Four of the Hobey Baker Award finalists hail from the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, and three from the Eastern College Athletic Conference, respectively. Five of the finalists are seniors, and four of the finalists are natives of Minnesota.

The Hobey Hat Trick, when the field is pared down to the last three finalists, will be revealed on April 3. The 2013 award winner will be announced on April 12 at the NCAA Men’s Division I Frozen Four in Pittsburgh, while the award banquet will be held on May 22 in St. Paul, Minn.

Here's a look at the 10 initial nominees to succeed 2012 award winner Jack Connolly, who also led Minnesota-Duluth to its first-ever NCAA Division I title in 2011.

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