Maine Hockey Journal

Nyquist Named Finalist for Hobey Baker Award

ORONO, Maine -University of Maine men’s ice hockey sophomore forward Gustav Nyquist (Malmo, Sweden) has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2010 Hobey Baker Award, honoring college hockey’s top player. The 10 finalists were announced on Thursday night at the CCHA Awards Banquet.

Nyquist becomes the 10th player in Maine history to be named a finalist joining David Capuano (1988 and 1989), Mike Golden (1988), Jean-Yves Roy (1991 and 1992), Jim Montgomery (1993), Chris Imes (1995 runner-up), Steve Kariya (1999), and Greg Moore (2006). Scott Pellerin and Paul Kariya, who were both finalists, each went on to win the award. Pellerin won the Hobey Baker Award in 1992 and Kariya took home the award the following year in 1993.

Nyquist currently leads the nation in scoring with 18 goals and 41 assists for 59 points. His 1.59 points per game also leads the nation. Nyquist’s 41 assists are also tops in the nations. He has seven power play goals to go along with four game-winners. Nyquistleads the nation’s top-ranked power play, as the Black Bears are scoring at a 27.9 percent clip with the man advantage.

Nyquist was named to the Hockey East First Team earlier tonight and was the lone unanimous selection on the First Team. He finished as the league’s co-scoring champion with New Hampshire’s Bobby Butler and was runner-up for Hockey East Player ofthe Year. He finished third in the Hockey East Three-Stars Award.

Nyquist was named the Athletic Republic Hockey East Player of the Month for December. He tallied four goals and added fiveassists for nine points in Maine’s 4-0-1 December. Nyquist was named to the 2009 Florida College Classic All-Tournament Team after leading Maine to the title. Nyquist’s 59 points are the most since Steve Kariya finished with 65 during the 1998-99 season. He needs just one assist to tie forninth place on Maine’s single season assists list.

Nyquist has led a Maine team, selected to finish eighth in the 2009 Hockey East Preseason Poll, to a tie for third place in the 2009-10 regular season standings. Maine has a record of 18-16-3 and has earned a spot in the Hockey East Semifinals for the first time since the 2006 season. Maine has been ranked as high as 12th in the nation this season.

Nyquist has tallied a point in 31 of Maine’s 37 games this season. He had a goal and four assists for a career-high five points in Maine’s 8-4 win over UMass Lowell on Feb. 19. He scored two goals and added two assists in Maine’s 5-1 win over Merrimack on Feb. 27. Scored a goal and dished out a pair of assists in games against Michigan State Feb on 16, Princeton on Dec. 29 andVermont on Jan. 29.Nyquist has a scoring streak of 10 games and a pair of seven game streaks this season. He has been held scoreless in back-to-backgames just once.

Nyquist has also provided some last minute heroics for the Black Bears this season. On Oct. 17 against Michigan State, he broke a3-3 tie with a goal at 18:21 of the third period which gave the Black Bears the victory. On Jan. 9, Nyquist scored the game-winninggoal with just 17 seconds remaining against Merrimack.

The Top Ten list is compiled from balloting from all 58 Division I college hockey coaches and by an on-line fan ballot at www.HobeyBaker.com. The Top Ten list will now be voted on by the 24-member selection committee and a second round of fan balloting. Those results will determine the Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists, which will be announced on April 1, 2010. The Hobey Baker Award will be presented on Friday, April 9 at 7:00 PM from Detroit, Mich., at the site of this year’s NCAA Frozen Four. The announcement will be televised live on ESPNU.

Press Release and Photo Courtesy of the University of Maine

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