CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior forward Alex Killorn and junior defenseman Danny Biega of the Harvard men’s hockey team are among the nominees in fan balloting for the 2012 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which opened Monday at hobeybakeraward.com.
The high-scoring Crimson skaters are among 77 players nominated for the honor bestowed annually on the top player in college hockey. The Hobey Baker winner will be announced April 6 at the NCAA Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla. Fans can vote here.
The first phase of fan balloting is open now and will run through March 4. Phase 2 will begin March 16 from the list of 10 Hobey Baker finalists. The fans’ vote accounts for one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year’s award recipient. The Hobey Hat Trick of three final candidates will be revealed March 29.
Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker, a World War I flying star better known as America’s greatest amateur athlete in his day. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of their team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.
Killorn leads Harvard with nine goals and 18 points through 14 games this season. He ranks 13th nationally with 0.64 goals per game and 16th with 1.29 points per game. The Montreal native and Tampa Bay Lightning prospect centers the Crimson’s top scoring line and has scored six power-play goals as part of the nation’s top-rated man-advantage unit.
Biega, Harvard’s assists leader with 13, ranks second in the nation in scoring among defensemen with 1.21 points per game on 17 points in 14 games. He is tied for eighth in the country with 0.93 assists per game. Another native of Montreal, Biega is also a defensive standout and key player on the Crimson’s top-rated power play, which has converted 34.9 percent of its opportunities. Like Killorn, Biega was a third-round National Hockey League draft pick, selected by the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Hobey-nominated duo has led Harvard to a 4-4-6 record. The Crimson is 3-3-4 in ECAC Hockey games and is tied for fifth place in ECAC Hockey. Harvard hosts No. 14 Union Friday at Fenway Park and No. 6 Boston University Saturday at Bright Hockey Center.
Three Harvard players have won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award: Mark Fusco ’83 in 1982-83, Scott Fusco ’85-86 in 1985-86 and Lane MacDonald ’88-89 in 1988-89. Only Minnesota and Minnesota Duluth have captured more Hobey trophies, with four each.