Eagle hockey fans can support two collegiate hockey players with Culver roots in the Hobey Baker Memorial Award fan vote.
Brennan Kapcheck ’15, a freshman defenseman at American International College, and Louis Belpedio ’14, a senior defenseman for Miami University, are in the running for college hockey’s top honor. Belpedio was also nominated in 2017.
After graduating from Culver, Kapcheck spent two years with the Aston Rebels of the NAHL. Belpedio played at Culver his first two years before joining the U.S. National Team Development Program for two years. He was drafted by the Minnesota Wild in the third round (80th overall) of the 2014 NHL entry draft.
Awarded annually to college hockey’s top player, the Hobey Baker Award is no stranger to Culver players. John-Michael Liles ’99 was a finalist while playing at Michigan State; Blake Geoffrion ’06 (photo above) won the award in 2010 while playing for Wisconsin; and Nic Dowd ’08 was a finalist in 2014.
Kapcheck and Belpedio are two of the 74 college hockey players representing 46 NCAA Division I schools. Online fan voting is now open on voteforhobey.com and the Hobey Baker Facebook page. Fans can vote for their favorite player and fan voting will be an important factor in the balloting outcome. The deadline for the first round is March 14.
Phase two of the fan balloting will begin on March 14 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker Finalists and will close March 25. The fans’ vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year’s award recipient.
The “Hobey Hat Trick” finalists are selected by the Hobey Baker Memorial award Selection Committee, a geographically balanced group of 27 individuals representing print and electronic sports media, college hockey coaches and officials, and NHL scouts. Fans are encouraged to keep voting during this phase as well. The Hobey Baker Award will be announced on April 6.
Fans are asked to keep in mind the qualities that a nominee must display: exhibit strength and character, both on and off the ice; contribute to the integrity of the team; display outstanding skills in all phases of the game; and show scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.