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Forum News Service, Published April 12 2013

Hermantown's Drew LeBlanc wins Hobey Baker Memorial Award

DULUTH, Minn. – Drew LeBlanc, a senior center at St. Cloud State University from Hermantown, Minn., is the 2013 recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

LeBlanc was one of three finalists for the award, presented today at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, site of the Frozen Four. The other finalists were senior goalie Eric Hartzell of White Bear Lake, Minn., from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn.; and Boston College sophomore left winger Johnny Gaudreau of Carneys Point, N.J.

LeBlanc, 23, was previously named player of the year and scholar athlete of the year in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. He leads Division I in assists with 37 and is seventh in scoring with 50 points. He’s the second St. Cloud State player to be among the three finalists for the award, following center Mark Hartigan in 2002.

Minnesota-Duluth senior center Jack Connolly of Duluth won the 2012 award, which has gone to WCHA players 16 times, including nine of the past 12 years.

A 23-member committee and online fan balloting determined the three finalists. Criteria for the award include outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievement. The award, which goes to the player in Division I, is named in honor of former Princeton University star athlete Hobey Baker, who died in 1918.