Posted-March 20th, 2014 11:52 pm
MADISON, Wis. -- For the fifth time in six seasons, Wisconsin has one of the top-10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The honor goes to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player in the nation.
Junior goaltender Joel Rumpel, (Swift Current, Saskatchewan), named a Mike Richter Award top-five finalist yesterday as one of the nation’s best goaltenders, becomes the 11th skater in Wisconsin history to make the top-10 cut. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award was first handed out in 1981.
Both the Hobey Baker and the Mike Richter Awards will be handed out at the 2014 NCAA Frozen Four in Philadelphia, which runs April 10-12 at Wells Fargo Center.
Wisconsin Hobey Baker Memorial Award Finalists
Blake Geoffrion (Winner)
Brian Elliott (Top Three)
Steve Reinprecht (Runner Up)
Joining names like Blake Geoffrion, Brian Elliott, Dany Heatley, Steve Reinprecht and Tony Granato, Rumpel marks UW’s first top-10 finalist since defenseman Justin Schultz received the honor in both 2011 and 2012. Geoffrion is Wisconsin’s lone Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner, taking home the honor in 2010. Rumpel is the third Badger goaltender to reach the top-10, with Elliott in 2006 and Duane Derksen in 1992.
Named 2014 second-team All-Big Ten earlier this week, Rumpel has been among the nation’s top goaltenders all season long. He ranks fourth in the country with a 19-5-1 record, which is good for a .780 winning percentage. That record includes a national-best 17 victories since Dec. 1, which has helped the Badgers to the second-most victories during that stretch. He also ranks sixth in the nation with his 2.00 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
A Hockey Commissioners’ Association Honorable Mention National Player of the Month in Feburary, Rumpel was also a two-time Big Ten First Star of the Week, while picking up a Big Ten Second Star of the Week honor, as well.
Rumpel boasts a nine-game winning streak and a five-game winning streak this season. The nine-game streak is among the top five in UW history. He also boasts two shutouts on the year and nine for his career, which is tied for second in Wisconsin’s record book behind Elliott’s 16.
A personal finance major, Rumpel is one of the most active student-athletes at Wisconsin when it comes to giving back to the community. Some of his involvement includes visits to American Family Children’s Hospital, serving as a hole-host for the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety Golf Outing and visiting a local elementary school as part of the WiscFit program to promote fitness and nutrition to local youth. He’s also taking part in the team’s new Adopt-A-Player program, which allows local youth hockey teams to adopt a player from the UW hockey team and have them visit in person and correspond through the season.
2014 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Top-10 Finalists
Josh Archibald, Nebraska Omaha
Greg Carey, St. Lawrence
Nic Dowd, St. Cloud State
Ryan Dzingel, Ohio State
Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College
Shayne Gostisbehere, Union
Kevin Hayes, Boston College
C.J. Motte, Ferris State
Joel Rumpel, Wisconsin
Adam Wilcox, Minnesota
The 10 finalists were selected by voting from all 59 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting at www.hobeybakeraward.com. Next, the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting (at www.hobeybakeraward.com from March 20-30) will determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
The Hobey Hat Trick (three finalists) will be announced on April 2, 2014 and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 11, 2014 from Philadelphia, PA during the NCAA Frozen Four. The award announcement will be televised live on NHL Network or live on the Hobey Baker website at 6:00 p.m. ET.
• Nominees by conference: Big 10 – 3, Hockey East - 2, NCHC – 2, ECAC – 2, WCHA - 1
• By class nominees are: Senior 3, Junior 6, Sophomore 1
• By position nominees are: Forward 6, Defense 1, Goalie 3
• By nationality nominees are: U.S. 8 (Minnesota-2, Massachusetts, Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Illinois, New Jersey-1 each), Canada 2 (Saskatchewan, Ontario-1 each)
• Hobey Baker Award Banquet will be held May 29, 2014 in St. Paul, Minnesota
• Visit www.hobeybakeraward.com or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/TheHobey
• The Hobey Baker website also has the top ten video and in-depth bios
(Copyright Associated Press)