Henrik Borgstrom, Ryan Donato, Adam Gaudette named as Hobey Baker finalists

Henrik Borgstrom, Ryan Donato and Adam Gaudette are the three finalists for the 2018 Hobey Baker Hat Trick award, honoring the top player in college hockey, the committee announced Thursday.



The award is presented to the college hockey player who best demonstrates strength of character both on and off the ice, contributes to the integrity of his team and displays outstanding skills in all phases of the game. The finalists were selected by a 27-member selection committee that narrowed the initial list of ten candidates, and there was a round of online fan voting.

All three players gave up the their remaining NCAA eligibility and went on to sign NHL contracts.

Borgstrom played only two seasons with the University of Denver proving to be the team's top forward with 23 goals, 29 assists for 52 points in 40 games. He's tied for fourth in the nation in scoring and tied for ninth in goals. The 20-year-old signed with the Panthers after the team drafted him in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry draft.

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The nomination for Donato comes at the end of a thrilling season as he not only led Harvard, but he also emerged as a key player for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics. In Pyeongchang, he led the U.S. in scoring with five goals and an assist. With Harvard, Donato scored 26 goals in 29 games this season and ranks first in the nation averaging .9 goals per game and first in shots averaging 6.03 per game. Donato turned pro with the Bruins and has scored five points (3-2) in his first five games.

Gaudette receives the nomination on the same day he's expected to make his NHL debut with the Canucks. He spent three seasons with Northeastern before going pro and ended this season with 30 goals, 30 assists for 60 points in 38 games. He also had 20 multiple point games averaging almost 30 minutes per game. Gaudette was named National Player of the month twice this year.

The winner of the Hobey Baker Award will be announced April 6 during the Frozen Four in Minnesota.

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