Hobey Baker Award 2012: Jack Connolly Named College Hockey's Top Player

ST. PAUL, MN - APRIL 07: Jack Connolly #12 of the Minnesota Duluth Bulldogs is congratulated by teammate J.T. Brown #23 after Connolly scored in the second period against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during semifinals of the 2011 NCAA Men's Frozen Four on April 7, 2011 at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Jack Connolly of Minnesota-Duluth is the winner of the 2012 Hobey Baker Award, given to America's best college hockey player.

Although his team didn't make the Frozen Four, Minnesota-Duluth's Jack Connolly won the 2012 Hobey Baker Award, making him college hockey's player of the year. Other finalists were Maine's Spencer Abbott and Colgate's Austin Smith.

Connolly, a Duluth native, is the fifth Bulldog to win the Hobey Baker and the first since Junior Lessard in 2004, giving Minnesota-Duluth more winners than any other school, breaking a tie with Minnesota. Connolly led the nation with 60 points - 20 goals and 40 assists - and was the WCHA Player of the Year, leading Minnesota to the final eight of the Division I Men's Ice Hockey Tournament, where they fell 4-0 to Boston College.

The senior was undrafted in the NHL Draft, but he still has an opportunity to go pro, potentially in Europe. His brother, Chris, was a senior for Boston University this season.

For more college hockey coverage, be sure to check out Western College Hockey.

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