For just the third time in the 40-plus years the Hobey Baker Award has been handed out, a goalie was named the top player in college hockey, as Minnesota State Mankato star Dryden McKay claimed the trophy.
Long before Reggie Lutz was born, his father Danny faced a medical challenge that he has stared down and never let affect what he does as a hockey dad. Also: Gophers forward Schmidt honored for classroom work, and Denver is a surprisingly good seafood town.
Michigan wants to run-and-gun, Minnesota State Mankato wants to do its own thing, and Denver's Bobby Brink wants to advance and maybe play his boyhood heroes for the NCAA title as the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals get underway.
The trophy given to the top player in men's college hockey will be returning to Minnesota, one way or another, as two Minnesotans and a Chicagoan who plays in Minnesota are the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.
One day after he was named the Player of the Year in the Big Ten, Minnesota forward was also named a top 10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Award and could become the first Gopher in two decades to win the trophy. Minnesota State University-Mankato has a pair of finalists in goalie Dryden McKay and forward Nathan Smith.
Each media timeout was extended as Mankato high school players and others shoveled off the sheet as best they could. By the third period, the piles got more and more difficult for them to push. Pucks cut through the snow, creating wakes behind them.