Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Blake Geoffrion Named Hobey Hat Trick Finalist

University of Wisconsin tri-captain Blake Geoffrion has been named a top three finalist for the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

The two other finalists for the Hobey are Maine sophomore forward Gustav Nyquist and New Hampshire senior forward Bobby Butler. Nyquist leads the nation in scoring and Butler was named the Hockey East Player of the Year.

Geoffrion, a senior forward from Brentwood, Tennessee is in my opinion the most well rounded forward in the nation this season. Besides centering the top line for the Badgers, he's also on the first power play unit and is in the first group of penalty killers.

Geoffrion is also a tank in the face off circle winning over 60% of his draws this season. This season Geoffrion has accumulated 27 goals (2nd in the nation) and 21 assists for 48 points in 38 games. Geoffrion also leads the nation in power play goals with 14.

Geoffion has also taken his game to the next level in the playoffs which is a great sign of a leader. The MVP in the West Regional, Geoffrion had a five point weekend in leading the Badgers to the Frozen Four. Geoffrion is the only finalist who's team is in the Frozen Four. Overall in playoff action this season, Geoffrion has recorded 6 goals and 5 assists in 6 contests. Hobey Baker candidates step up in the playoffs and Blake certainly has.

In addition to his accomplishments on the ice, Blake also spends time visiting the UW Children's Hospital, has been a mentor to a cancer patient, and is a Peer Leader lending assistance to UW Students.

The Hobey Baker will be awarded Friday, April 9th, at Ford Field in Detroit. The announcement will be aired live on ESPNU starting at 6:00 PM Central Time.

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