Hermantown, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Hermantown, Minn. native and st. Cloud State University (SCSU) senior forward Drew LeBlanc has been named one of three finalists for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, which is given each year to the top player in NCAA Division I men's college hockey.
Boston College's Johnny Gaudreau and Quinnipiac's Eric Hartzell round out the three finalists for the annual award, with those three being called the Hobey Hat Trick.
Earlier this season, LeBlanc became the first player to ever be named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) player of the year and scholar-athlete of the year, and he also earned a spot on the all-WCHA first team.
A captain of SCSU, LeBlanc currently has 13 goals and 37 assists this 2012-13 season and helped the Huskies to that program's first-ever WCHA championship, earning a share of the McNaughton Cup with Minnesota.
This past weekend, SCSU advanced to its first-ever NCAA Frozen Four tournament by beating Miami (OH) in the Midwest Regional championship. The Huskies' semifinal contest is against Quinnipiac at 7:00 p.m. on April 11 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
The winner of the Hobey Baker Award will then be announced on April 12, with the NCAA Division I championship to be played on April 13.