March 18, 2010

MEN'S HOCKEY'S BOBBY BUTLER NAMED ONE OF 10 HOBEY BAKER FINALISTS

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Senior Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.), forward for the 13th-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team, became the seventh player in school history to be named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as announced by the committee Thursday evening. Read more about Butler and his Hobey Baker campaign at ButlerforHobey.com.

Butler, UNH’s first Hobey Baker finalist since Kevin Regan in 2008, is enjoying not only his best season as a Wildcat, but arguably the greatest season by any Wildcat forward in recent history. Butler ranks first in the nation in goals with 27 and is sixth overall in scoring with 50 points (1.35 ppg). Butler sits third in goals per game at 0.73, sixth in points (51), ninth in short-handed goals (2) and 18th in game winners (4).

The co-captain, as voted by his teammates, has been even better among Hockey East’s elite, ranking first overall in goals, third in points, seventh in power play goals, second in short-handed goals and third in game-winning tallies.

In conference play, Butler finished first in points (41) and goals (21), and sixth in assists (20). He becomes the first player in Hockey East to register 20 goals and 20 assists in league play since 1999 Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog of New Hampshire.

Butler has already taken home his share of hardware this season, highlighted by his Hockey East Player of the Month honor in November. Butler was also a three-time Hockey East Player of the Week this season. Butler is a semifinalist for the Walter Brown Award, given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England. Butler was one of just six male position players selected to represent the East Squad at the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge. On Wednesday, Butler collected more hardware from Hockey East as he earned the Hockey East Humboldt Storage and Moving Co-Scoring Championship as well as the Hockey East Three Stars Award for the 2009-10 season.

Perhaps Butler’s most prized accolade is being named a Hockey Humanitarian Nominee. Butler was among a group of 18 players in all of college hockey in the running for the award that honors college hockey’s finest citizen, someone who gives back to his or her community. Butler was nominated for his work with a local middle school. as well as several other meaningful projects in and around the Durham community.

Butler also does not just skate by in the classroom. He will graduate in May with a degree in Health Management and Policy with a 3.12 grade point average. He is a two-time Hockey East All-Academic Team member.

Butler’s stellar season is a fitting cap to his sparkling career. Butler became just the 67th player in program history to register 100 career points doing so in extremely balanced fashion with 59 goals and 59 assists for 118 points thus far in his collegiate career. Butler’s 118 points is tied with Dan Muse and Matt Fornataro for 51st on the all-time scoring list at New Hampshire.

The Wildcat fans showed their support for Butler and his candidacy for Hobey casting close to 13,000 votes for him and placing him in the top three in the opening fan balloting at HobeyBaker.com. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 19 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists.  The fans’ vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year’s award recipient.

The 2010 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists Friday, April 9, 2010 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Detroit, Mich.  The 30th annual award announcement honoring college hockey’s top player will be televised live during prime time on ESPNU at 7:00 p.m. ET.  For more info on the Hobey Baker Award or to access the Hobey logo, please visit hobeybaker.com.

Butler and New Hampshire await the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday, March 21 (11:30 a.m.) on ESPN2 for the announcement of the tournament field to see if they have earned an at-large bid in the 16-team field.

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