March 31, 2009

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is presented to a deserving recipient on the day before the last college hockey game of the season. But that doesn’t mean that college hockey fans, players and media members don’t think about it all season. This week's Inside College Hockey's Hobey Tracker takes a look at how the 10 finalists for the award are trending following last week's league championships and this week's NCAA Regionals.


Matt Gilroy
Boston University
Senior | Defenseman

He’s benefited from a season’s worth of hype, and opened the NCAAs with four assists in the Terriers’ rout of Ohio State. That said, he was a non-factor in BU’s win against New Hampshire; being noticeably absent in your team’s most important game of the season to date concerns us.

Jacques Lamoureux
Air Force
Sophomore | Forward

His classy second-period goal against Michigan stretched Air Force's lead to 2-0 and they went on to send the first shockwave through the weekend's events. The nation's leading goal-scorer didn't disappoint in front of the biggest audience of the season.

Viktor Stalberg
Junior | Forward
A Frozen Four trip for the Catamounts was helped by Stalberg's very strong weekend. He had a key goal against Yale, and an assist on the double-OT game-winner against Air Force.

Chad Johnson
Senior | Goalie

Johnson put up some extremely good numbers for a team that couldn’t put a puck in a soccer net and on most nights, he was the reason the Nanooks had a chance to win. But Ryan Miller raised the bar for goaltenders when he won the Hobey in 2001 and Ocho isn’t in that stratosphere.

Jamie McBain
Junior | Defenseman
He hit the wall after the Badgers’ sweep of Minnesota in early February, scoring just three points – all of them assists – in his last 10 games. Still, he managed to lead his team in scoring and his selection as WCHA Player of the Year says a lot about the respect that league’s coaches have for him.
David McIntyre
Junior | Forward
The Raiders were never really in the hunt for an NCAA Tournament bid and he didn't get the chance to improve his stock like other forwards (Stalberg, Lamoureux) from non-traditional powers did in the NCAAs.
Brad Thiessen
Junior | Goalie
Northeastern's most important player and the Hockey East Player of the Year demonstrated that he can't do it all, but the Huskies did have a lead with five minutes to play against Cornell. Probably should've had the game-winner in the final minute.
Louie Caporusso
Sophomore | Forward
He was already battling a perception that he might not be the best player on his team, let alone the nation. Then he was a no-show (1 SOG) in the Wolverines’ first-round playoff match against heavy underdog Air Force. We all know how that ended.
Zane Kalemba
Junior | Goalie
The image of him intentionally spilling the puck behind the net in the closing seconds of the third period against Minnesota Duluth won't help his candidacy. You can't blame him for the loss, but a win (or two) definitely would've helped his cause.
Colin Wilson
Boston University
Sophomore | Forward
Wilson had two assists in BU’s win against Ohio State – but then again, who didn’t have two points against the Buckeyes in that game? Like Gilroy, he was suspiciously M.I.A. in the Northeast Regional final against New Hampshire, but we’re probably the only people bothered by that occurrence.