Each year, the NCAA awards the Hobey Baker Award to an exceptional college player. The association narrowed the list for the 2017-2018 season to three finalists.

The history of the award is fascinating, and winners have gone on to make significant impacts in the NHL – yet even nomination is an honor. This year, the finalists are Henrik Borgström from the University of Denver, Ryan Donato from Harvard University and Adam Gaudette from Northeastern University. The winner was announced on Friday, April 6.

​Henrik Borgström

Borgström is a sophomore from Helsinki, Sweden, who came to the United States to play hockey. He led his conference in scoring as only a second-year player; currently, he ranks fourth in the nation. He was recently drafted by the Florida Panthers, and he’ll be free to play for them during the end of the 2018 season. Borgström also won the NCHC award for Player of the Year, and he closed this year’s season with 23 goals and 29 assists. However, the Hobey Baker Award is about more than just pure talent. Borgström often assists with youth hockey camps, helping the next generation gain some of the skills he possesses.

Ryan Donato

Donato is a junior at Harvard. He managed to score 26 goals in only 29 games this year, but even more impressive, he played for the USA Winter Olympics. Yet Donato stood out even on the Olympic team, leading the team in scoring with five goals and an assist. He ranks first in points per game with a 0.9. Donato has continued his scoring prowess so far with the Boston Bruins, scoring a total of five points in his first five games. Even off the ice, Donato is exceptional. He’s a sociology major and has assisted with various cancer fundraisers and school cleanup projects.

Adam Gaudette

Gaudette is a junior at Northwestern who leads the nation in scoring. He tore apart Hockey East and was named Player of the Year in the conference. He ranked first in Power Play Points with 27. Gaudette isn’t afraid to put in hard work; he averaged 30 minutes of playtime per game in 2018. He also won the Walter Brown award, which is awarded to the top American-born player in New England. Gaudette recently signed a professional contract with the Vancouver Canucks. When he’s not playing hockey, he’s working on his Communications major, reading to elementary school students or assisting with various cancer projects.

And this year’s Hobey Baker Award winner is Adam Gaudette. Congratulations Adam!

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