Three Penn State Men’s Hockey Players Nominated For Hobey Baker Award
Three Nittany Lions are up for the most prestigious individual award in college hockey.
Clayton Phillips, Connor MacEachern, and Kevin Wall have all been nominated for the 2022 Hobey Baker Award, as announced Wednesday morning.
The award is given to the top collegiate hockey player each season. 77 players representing 42 different institutions are nominated by the athletic departments of all Division I hockey programs with a maximum of three players per program.
This is the first team each player has been nominated for the award. Clayton Phillips is currently having his best collegiate season with the Nittany Lions, leading the team in plus/minus ranking with +9. Phillips’ five goals this season are tied for fourth-most among defensemen in the Big Ten and tied for 11th nationally.
MacEachern and Wall are also having career years, as both are tied for the team lead in points with 20, which is also a career-best for both of them. Wall’s 13 goals on the season are tied for fifth-most in the Big Ten and tied for seventh nationally, while MacEachern’s 11 goals are tied for fifth in the conference and 20th nationally.
Fan voting is open and will run through March 6, and each fan is allowed one vote in this first phase. The next phase will begin on March 17, when the list of 77 players is narrowed to the top-10 finalists, and it will run through March 27. The award winner will be announced during the 2022 Frozen Four in Boston on April 8.
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