BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Four college hockey players in Western New York have been nominated for phase one of the Hobey Baker Award process. It's an award given annually to the top NCAA men's ice hockey player in the nation.
Matt Hoover, Nick Hutchison, and Matt Stief of Canisius College and Brian Wilson of Niagara University are four of 79 players from NCAA Division I schools to make the list.
Hoover, a senior forward, leads Canisius in scoring with seven goals and 12 assists. He's currently riding a seven-game point-streak heading into this weekend's action.
Hutchison, a senior forward, leads the Golden Griffs in goals this season with 11 and has recorded 17 points in 15 games played.
Stief, a senior defenseman, paces Canisius with 16 assists and is second on the squad with 18 points. Fifteen of those points have come while Canisius is on the power play, which is third-most among Division-I players this season.
Wilson, a junior goalie, currently ranks second in the Atlantic Hockey League with a .924 save percentage. He also has a 2.44 goals-against average.
Fan can vote for their favorite players at
. Balloting runs now through March 8th.