BC’s Brian Dumoulin among 10 Hobey Baker finalists
|03.16.12 at 11:56 am ET|
Boston College defenseman Brian Dumoulin, a junior from Biddeford, Maine, is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s top player, as announced Thursday.
Dumoulin, a 6-foot-3, 205-pounder, was a 2009 second-round draft pick of the Hurricanes. He was named the best defensive defenseman in Hockey East on Thursday, the second consecutive year he was so honored. Dumoulin has 26 points this season on six goals and 20 assists in 38 games, and he leads the team with a plus-20 rating.
One other New England collegian is on the list of finalists: Maine senior forward Spencer Abbott, who on Thursday was named Hockey East Player of the Year. The 5-10, 175-pounder from Hamilton, Ontario, leads the Black Bears with 59 points on 20 goals and 39 assists.
Top-seeded BC and fourth-seeded Maine are in action Friday in the Hockey East semifinals at TD Garden. BC plays seventh-seeded Providence at 5 p.m. before Maine meets third-seeded Boston University. The conference championship game is Saturday night (8). All three games are on NESN and NBC Sports Network.
The other finalists are Minnesota-Duluth forward Jack Connolly, Union goaltender Troy Grosenick, Michigan goalie Shawn Hunwick, Air Force defenseman Tim Kirby, Michigan State defenseman Torey Krug, Wisconsin defenseman Justin Schultz, Colgate forward Austin Smith and Miami (Ohio) forward Reilly Smith.
The list will be cut to three on March 29 and the winner will be revealed on April 6, during the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.
Miami (Ohio) forward Andy Miele, now a rookie with the Coyotes, won the award last year.