Hobey Baker Finalists
Mark Mowers '98
Mark Mowers, along with Jason Krog, became UNH’s first-ever finalist for the Hobey Baker Award in 1998 as he led the ‘Cats to their first Frozen Four berth in 16 seasons. Mowers registered 25 goals and 31 assists for 56 points as the ‘Cats finished 25-12-1 and advanced to the Frozen Four as a No. 5 seed. Mowers’ overtime goal against Boston University in the East Regional propelled UNH into the Frozen Four.
Mark was named a first team All-American in 1998, becoming the first to earn the honor under head coach Dick Umile. Mowers currently sits fifth on UNH’s career scoring list, racking up 85 goals and 112 assists for 197 points in 144 career games.
Ty Conklin, '01
Ty Conklin was UNH’s second two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist, as he was named to the final 10 in both 2000 and 2001. During the 1999-2000 campaign, Conklin was named Hockey East Co-Player of the Year as he posted a 2.51 GAA and .908 save percentage as he went 22-8-6. The following year Ty posted a school-record five shutouts as he went 17-12-5 with a 2.05 GAA and .920 save percentage.
A two-time All-American, Conklin left UNH with eight goaltending records, including lowest career GAA (2.18), save percentage (.915) and wins (57). He also holds the records for season GAA (1.84, 1998-99), save percentage (.923, 98-99) and most minutes in a career with over 5,500.
Darren Haydar, '02
Darren Haydar was one of the “Hobey Hat Trick” finalists in 2002, the first year the field was narrowed to three players. Haydar led the Wildcats in scoring his senior season with 31-45-76, and was the national leader in points per game (1.90). The Hockey East Player of the Year, Haydar led the ‘Cats to their first-ever Hockey East tournament title as well as the regular season crown.
UNH advanced to its third Frozen Four in five seasons. Darren, the 1998-99 Hockey East Rookie of the Year, closed out his career third on the UNH scoring list with 219 points, trailing only Ralph Cox (243) and 1999 Hobey Baker winner Jason Krog (238).
Steve Saviano, '04
Steve Saviano was the fifth player in UNH hockey history to be named a Hobey Baker finalist. Saviano was a First-Team All-American in 2004 and was the Hockey East Player of the Year that same season. He was also the 2004 Walter Brown Award winner, given annually to the best American-born college hockey player in New England.
Saviano posted a career-high 49 points in his senior season, leading the ‘Cats in points and goals with 27 in 2003-2004. He left UNH tied for 48th on the all-time scoring list with 117 points in his four-year career in Durham. Saviano ranked 11th in the nation in his senior season among Div. I scorers with 1.20 points per game.
Kevin Regan, '08
Kevin Regan was named a Hobey Baker finalist in a season where he nearly rewrote the UNH record book for goaltending. Becoming just the second Wildcat netminder to be named a finalist, Regan posted a league-best 23-8-1 mark, 2.21 GAA and .930 save percentage. He was an unanimous Hockey East Player of the Year selection and a first-team All-American.
Kevin was also named the Walter Brown Award winner and was New England’s Most Valuable Player. He led the ‘Cats to the NCAA during all four years, including back-to-back Hockey East regular season titles in 2007 & 2008.
Regan left UNH as the all-time leader in wins (70), saves (3,235), save percentage (.928), minutes played (6598:31) and games played (112). In a rich history of goaltending at UNH, Regan left as the first goaltender in UNH history to capture back-to-back 20-win seasons.
Bobby Butler, '10
Bobby Butler capped off his All-American senior season with a Hobey Baker “Hat Trick” Finalist nomination. Butler led the ‘Cats in scoring with 53 points (29 goals, 24 assists), ranking second in the country.
Among his other awards, Butler was the 2010 Hockey East Player of the Year, 2010 Walter Brown Award winner, Hockey East Three Stars Award winner, a New England All-Star, Leonard Fowle Award winner (NE MVP) and Herb Gallagher Award winner (NE’s best forward).
Butler totaled 121 points in his career at UNH, becoming the 67th member of the Wildcat Century Club. A member of three Hockey East regular season championship teams (2007,2008,2010), Butler led the ‘Cats to the NCAA tournament in each of his four seasons.
Paul Thompson, '11
All-American and Hobey Baker top 10 finalist, Paul Thompson finished his senior year with 52 points (28 goals, 24 assists) which led the ‘Cats in scoring and ranked ninth nationally.
Thompson’s stellar senior season earned him several prestigious accolades including the Leonard Fowle award (NE MVP), the Herb Gallagher Award (NE’s Best Forward), Hockey East Player of the Year, Hockey East First-Team All-Star and the Army ROTC Three Stars Award.
Paul ended his superb career with 112 points, including 57 goals and 55 assists.
1999 Hobey Baker Memorial Award Winner -
Fernie, British Columbia
His amazing skill on the ice and his incredible off-ice credentials are what propelled University of New Hampshire co-captain Jason Krog into the national spotlight and made him a clear-cut choice as the 19th recipient of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
The statistics speak for themselves — the year’s national leader in goals, assists, and total points; a 2.07 points per game average, 238 career points, a school record 144 career assists and the second all-time point-scorer in the history of UNH hockey.
The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is presented to the most outstanding college hockey player in the nation, both on and off the ice. Krog’s on-ice performance of 34 goals and 51 assists for 85 points turned into a series of post-season honors including the unanimous Hockey East Player of the Year and the New England Hockey Writers’ Player of the Year; and spots on the First Team All-Hockey East, All-New England Team, All-Hockey East Tournament Team and the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team.
His thread-like passes and blistering slapshot dazzled soldout crowd after soldout crowd at the Whittemore Center. Named as the Most Exciting Player by the Wildcat faithful, Krog never disappointed and led UNH to its first national championship game in school history.
Off the ice, Krog was an integral part of the Drug Awareness Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Program throughout the New Hampshire Seacoast and spoke to children on the dangers of drugs and alcohol. In the classroom, he was also ranked in the top 10 percent of his senior class and was a peer advisor in the Whittemore School of Business. Krog was also a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council which implements programs and rules for all student-athletes on the UNH campus.