Nic Dowd ’08 has been named one of the three finalists for the 2014 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which honors college hockey’s top player. The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation made the announcement Wednesday. Joining Dowd, a senior forward from St. Cloud State University, are Greg Carey, senior forward from St. Lawrence University, and Johnny Gaudreau, junior forward from Boston College.
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
Dowd is the third Culver Military Academy player to be honored as a Top Ten finalist. Jon Michael Liles ’99 was nominated while playing at Michigan State and Blake Geoffrion ’06 won the award in 2010 while playing at Wisconsin.
Earlier this week, Dowd signed an entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings drafted him in the seventh round of the 2009 NHL draft. The contract is for one year.
Dowd, 23, had 22 goals, 40 points and 32 penalty minutes in 38 games this season, helping the Huskies advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. He led the National Collegiate Hockey Conference with 10 power-play goals, was second in goals and ninth in points.
This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 11, from the Loews Hotel Millennium Ballroom in Philadelphia during the NCAA Frozen Four. The 34th annual announcement will be carried live at 6 p.m. (EDT) on NHL.com and the Hobey Baker website.