February 6, 2015
Calgary, Alberta (February 6, 2015) – The nominations for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey, have been announced and 22 of the 59 nominees on the national ballot are CJHL alumni.
“The Hobey Baker Award is one of hockey’s most historic and prestigious awards,” said CJHL President Kirk Lamb. “Congratulations to all the nominees, including the 22 CJHL alumni. These former CJHL players exemplify the exceptional skill level and character of players graduating from Junior A hockey across the CJHL and all are deserving of this honoured nomination.”
This first phase of fan balloting will run through March 8, 2015. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 19, 2015 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker.
Key Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2015 include:
- Top Ten list of candidates: March 29
- Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: April 2
- Hobey Baker Award announcement: April 10
The 2015 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 10, 2015 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Boston, Massachusetts.
Currently leading the way in fan voting for the Hobey Baker Award is CJHL alumni Zach Hyman of the Michigan Wolverines and formerly of the Hamilton Redwings (OJHL). He also leads his team in scoring and has been nominated for two other NCAA awards, the Senior CLASS Award and Hockey Humanitarian Award.
“It is very humbling! I am appreciative and extremely honoured to be nominated for the Hobey Baker Award and I am very grateful for the opportunity to play for the University of Michigan,” said Hobey Baker nominee Zach Hyman of the Michigan Wolverines.
The players nominated represent 4 CJHL leagues which breakdown as follows: BCHL 13 nominees, OJHL 9 nominees, CCHL 4 nominees, AJHL 1 nominee.
Here is a list of the CJHL Alumni nominated for the 2015 Hobey Baker Award.
Casey Bailey - BCHL
Kyle Baun – OJHL
Ralph Cuddemi – OJHL
Charlie Finn – OJHL
Max French – BCHL
Matt Garbowsky - BCHL
Bryce Gervais – BCHL
Mitch Gillam – OJHL / BCHL
Matt Ginn – OJHL / BCHL
Andrew Gladiuk – BCHL
Ben Hutton – CCHL
Zach Hyman – OJHL
Joey LaLeggia – BCHL
Alexander MacMillan – AJHL / BCHL
Tyler Morley – BCHL
Matthew Peca – CCHL
Jamie Phillips – CCHL / OJHL / BCHL
Mario Puskarich – BCHL
Mike Reilly – BCHL
Brett Seney – OJHL
Tyler Sikura – OJHL
Matt Zay - CCHL