Friday, March 20, 2009

Gilroy, Wilson named Hobey Baker finalists

Senior co-captain Matt Gilroy and sophomore Colin Wilson have been named to the list of ten Hobey Baker Award finalists. This marks the second time two Terriers have been finalists. In 1996, Jay Pandolfo and Chris Drury were finalists and Pandolfo finished as runner-up. Drury won the Hobey Baker as a senior in 1998. Wilson is the first BU sophomore to become a finalist since Drury. This year's winner will be announced at the Frozen Four in Washington, D.C. Award criteria. CHN summary of finalists.

Hockey East claimed four finalists overall, including Northeastern's Brad Thiessen and Vermont's Viktor Stalberg.

Gilroy and Wilson also were among the honorees at last night's Hockey East awards dinner, earning places on the all-league first team. Gilroy is the first defenseman in Hockey East history to be named to the league first team three times. He leads all Hockey East defensemen in points this season with 32 (8g, 24a), has a plus-17 rating and has played in 140 consecutive contests. He was a finalist for Hockey East's Player of the Year award, won by Thiessen.
Wilson, last year's Hockey East Rookie of the Year, was league co-scoring champion with UMass forward James Marcou, has 14 goals and a league-high 35 assists on the season and registered 16 multi-point games.

Sophomore Kevin Shattenkirk and freshman goalie Kieran Millan were named to the league's second team, while senior Chris Higgins and sophomore junior Nick Bonino received honorable mention.

Millan also became the Terriers' second consecutive Rookie of the Year, and the third winner in four years. Brandon Yip won the award in 2006. Hockey East issued a Rookie of the Year highlights video and a video interview with Millan.

Hockey East also released a season highlights video of its 25th anniversary season and video interviews with the coaches of the four semifinalist teams. Link to Jack Parker interview.

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