Two former Waterloo Black Hawks are on the nomination list for the Hobey Baker Award and can move on to the next stage of the selection process with help from Hawks fans.
Junior Minnesota forward Justin Kloos and sophomore Notre Dame goalie Cal Petersen are among 66 players under consideration for the honor. Fans voting via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/TheHobey) is one component to narrow the field to ten candidates.
Another round of voting will take place later for the “Hobey Hat Trick,” winnowing remaining contenders from ten to three, from which the winner is selected. The primary voting in that part of the process is 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 may also vote online for their favorite candidate during this phase of the process, as well.
Hobey Baker was an early 20th century college hockey star at Princeton. He died at age 26 shortly after the conclusion of World War I while serving in the military . Now the most prestigious individual honor in college hockey, the Hobey Baker Award was first presented in 1981.
There are four criteria on which nominees for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award are considered:
1. Strength of character, on and off the ice
2. Contribution to the integrity of the team and outstanding skills in all phases of the game
3. Scholastic achievement and sportsmanship
4. Compliance with all NCAA rules, including being a full-time student in an accredited college or university and completing 50 percent or more of the season
Kloos is spending his third year with the Gophers and serving as team captain this winter. He currently ranks third on the team with 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists). He has added to his total significantly in the last three Minnesota games, recording eight points, all against Big Ten rivals. Kloos made his 100th NCAA appearance last weekend during a matchup versus Michigan State.
Petersen has been the starter for the Fighting Irish since arriving on campus last autumn. He has played in every game this season, helping Notre Dame climb to third place currently in the formidable Hockey East conference. Petersen is riding a 92.7% save percentage with a 2.20 goals-against average. Only two NCAA netminders nationwide have played more minutes than Petersen this season.
Where Are They Now is presented by Karen’s Print Rite. Justin Kloos photo courtesy of the University of Minnesota Athletics.