Maine Hockey Journal

Gustav Nyquist is a Hobey Baker Finalist

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation on Wednesday announced the three Hobey Hat Trick finalists for the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Bobby Butler, senior forward from University of New Hampshire; Blake Geoffrion, senior forward from University of Wisconsin; and Gustav Nyquist, sophomore forward from University of Maine.

“We’re very happy and proud of Gustav for earning this tremendous honor,” said Maine head coach Tim Whitehead. “He has certainly had a remarkable season helping our team climb back towards where we want to be in the future.”

Gustav Nyquist – University of Maine, Sophomore, Forward, Malmo, Sweden

A guiding light for the Maine Black Bears and a dynamic force in Hockey East, Gustav Nyquist still leads the nation in scoring by a comfortable eight-point margin; despite the fact Maine missed the NCAA post season tournament. Completing the season with 61 points in 39 games on 19 goals and 42 assists, Nyquist topped the country in both points and assists. In conference games, Maine ended the season tied for third place while Nyquist tied fellow Hobey Hat Trick finalist Bobby Butler for first in Hockey East scoring and topped the circuit in assists in league play. A fourth round draft pick of Detroit, Nyquist was runner-up for Hockey East Player of the Year and was selected as a First Team all-star. The Finance Major is on the Dean’s List at Maine. He volunteers off-ice time coaching at youth hockey clinics.

Maine has had two Hobey Baker Award winners in school history. Scott Pellerin won the Hobey Baker Award in 1992 and Paul Kariya took home the award the following year in 1993.

This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 9, 2010 from Ford Field in Detroit, Mich. during the NCAA Frozen Four. The 30th annual announcement will be aired live on ESPNU at 7:00 p.m., ET.

Courtesy of the Hobey Baker Website and the University of Maine

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