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 St. Cloud State has its first winner of the Hobey Baker Award.</p><p>Drew LeBlanc, a senior center from Hermantown, Minn., was named Friday as winner of the honor, which is offered yearly to the top player in NCAA Division I men's hoc...

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 St. Cloud State has its first winner of the Hobey Baker Award.</p><p>Drew LeBlanc, a senior center from Hermantown, Minn., was named Friday as winner of the honor, which is offered yearly to the top player in NCAA Division I men's hockey. The other finalists have been sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau of Boston School and senior goalie Eric Hartzell of Quinnipiac.</p><p>The winner from amongst the finalists is established by a selection committee that involves members of the print and electronic media, NHL scouts, and college hockey coaches and officials.</p><p><span>The announcement of the award came a day soon after Hartzell and Quinnipiac beat LeBlanc and the Huskies 4-1 in the national semifinals in Pittsburgh. Quinnipiac faces Yale on Saturday for the national title.</span></p><p><span>The group stayed in Pittsburgh for the award announcement and LeBlanc acknowledged his teammates in attendance.</span></p><p><span>"This is an personal award, but without those guys up there, it isn't going to take place. Thanks boys, I appreciate it," mentioned LeBlanc, a single of the team's captains.</span></p><p><span>He led the Huskies in scoring with 13 ambitions and 37 assists in 42 games, top St. Cloud State to a share of the program's 1st Western Collegiate Hockey Association typical-season title and its initial journey to the Frozen 4 by winning the NCAA Midwest Regional Customized Olympic Jersey. He went into the Frozen 4 major Division I in assists and is the very first player to earn WCHA Player of the 12 months and WCHA Pupil-Athlete of the Year honors in the identical season.</span><br /></p><p>He had 42 targets and 105 assists in 170 profession video games with the Huskies. His 105 assists are third on the program's all-time checklist and his 147 points rank sixth all-time at St. Cloud State. He received a health-related redshirt soon after suffering a compound leg fracture during the 10th game of the 2011-12 season.</p><p>"Coming back this year, it really is a single of individuals issues exactly where there's no way that this was going to take place to me," LeBlanc said. "This is an unreal point for me. I am humbled, honored ,,,"</p><p>Huskies coach Bob Motzko had a broad smile following LeBlanc was announced as the Huskies' initial winner of the Hobey Baker Award.</p><p>"I believe most coaches will tell you that individual awards �?they are great, but it is the crew things that matters Joe Pavelski Olympic Jersey," mentioned Motzko, who has been a hockey coach because 1986. "But this is possibly one particular of the much more unique moments in my profession.</p><p>"I say that because of Drew, the type of child he is, the kind of hockey player he is and the fact that everybody benefited by him creating the choice not to turn pro (just before this season). He had options on two various occasions (to indicator) John Carlson Olympic Jersey.</p><p>"What he does is he assists the rest of our crew increase their knowledge in college," Motzko stated of this season. "To get something like this Kevin Shattenkirk Jersey, it really is this kind of a lesson in what the school game is about. It isn't about how fast, sometimes, that you can get to the NHL. I believe he is going to play in the NHL ... He is a unique guy, a particular hockey player and then he has a season that lifted a complete hockey program."</p><p>Just a number of hours after the award was provided out the Chicago Blackhawks announced they had agreed to terms with LeBlanc on a one particular-12 months deal</p><p><i>Contributing: Mick Hatten of the St. Cloud (Minn.) Times.</i></p>
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