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We know that a Hockey East player will be crowned 2009’s Hobey Baker Award winner, honoring college hockey’s top player. The trophy will make its way to the conference for the first time since 2000, when Boston College’s Mike Mottau earned it.
The finalists this year are senior defensemen Matt Gilroy, sophomore forward Colin Wilson, both of Boston University, and junior goaltender Brad Thiessen of Northeastern. This is the ninth year that the nominees were cut to three before announcing the winner and the first sweep by one conference in that span.
Gilroy scored eight goals and registered 28 assists, totaling 36 points in 42 games, while bringing his consecutive games streak to 144. The former walk-on was named to his third First All Hockey East Team, the first defenseman in league history to be so honored.
Wilson, last year’s Hockey East Rookie of the Year and HEA First Teamer this season, scored 15 and assisted on 37 more, for 52 points in 41 games. He tied for the league lead in scoring and was third in the nation in the category, while placing second nationally in assists. He has 17 multi-point games this season.
Thiessen has already been awarded Hockey East Player of the Year and deserves much credit for the Huskies surprise resurgence this season, including their first NCAA appearance in 15 years. He played every minute of the season and put up a 25-12-4 record with a 2.11 GAA and .931 save percentage with three shutouts. He ranked fourth in wins, twelfth in GAA, and fifth in save percentage nationally.
My pick: Colin Wilson. He has meant so much to the Terriers potent offense, the best in the league and among the top in the country. If this was an MVP award, Thiessen would cloud the argument much more, but since this is most outstanding, Wilson would be my choice.