Drew LeBlanc added another chapter to his historic story by becoming the first player in the history of St. Cloud State University to receive the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is presented annual to the nation's outstanding Division I men's college hockey player.
The award was announced on Friday, April 11 at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa. as part of the 2013 NCAA Division I Frozen Four men's hockey. The other two finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award were sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College and Eric Hartzell of Quinnipiac.
This marks the 33rd time the award has been presented by The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation.
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 23-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year's Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
Hobey Baker was the legendary Princeton hockey player known as America's greatest amateur athlete one hundred years ago. He redefined how the game was played with his coast-to-coast dashes in an era when hockey was contested with seven players and no forward passes. Baker died testing a repaired aircraft at the end of World War I after he had completed his military service.
Coming off a redshirt season after severely breaking his leg last year, LeBlanc has proved to be a masterful playmaker. A two-year team captain, LeBlanc helped guide the Huskies to their first ever Frozen.
He finished the year leading the nation in assists (37) and is seventh in points (50), just three points from the top. His other honors included being the first player selected as both WCHA Player of the Year and WCHA Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year. He was also named first-team All-WCHA and first-team All-America.
In addition to the Huskies' Frozen Four appearance, LeBlanc helped his team win its first-ever NCAA regional championship in 2013 and he also helped SCSU gain its first-ever WCHA regular season championship.
2013 - Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State
2012 - Jack Connolly, Minnesota Duluth
2011 - Andy Miele, Miami
2010 - Blake Geoffrion, Wisconsin
2009 - Matt Gilroy, Boston University
2008 - Kevin Porter, Michigan
2007 - Ryan Duncan, North Dakota
2006 - Matt Carle, Denver
2005 - Marty Sertich, Colorado College
2004 - Junior Lessard, Minnesota Duluth
2003 - Peter Sejna, Colorado College
2002 - Jordan Leopold, Minnesota
2001 - Ryan Miller, Michigan State
2000 - Mike Mottau, Boston College
1999 - Jason Krog, New Hampshire
1998 - Chris Drury, Boston University
1997 - Brendan Morrison, Michigan
1996 - Brian Bonin, Minnesota
1995 - Brian Holzinger, Bowling Green
1994 - Chris Marinucci, Minnesota Duluth
1993 - Paul Kariya, Maine
1992 - Scott Pellerin, Maine
1991 - David Emma, Boston College
1990 - Kip Miller, Michigan State
1989 - Lane MacDonald, Harvard
1988 - Robb Stauber, Minnesota
1987 - Tony Hrkac, North Dakota
1986 - Scott Fusco, Harvard
1985 - Bill Watson, Minnesota Duluth
1984 - Tom Kurvers, Minnesota Duluth
1983 - Mark Fusco, Harvard
1982 - George McPhee, Bowling Green
1981 - Neal Broten, Minnesota