Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Duluth native and UMD senior captain Jack Connolly was named Thursday as one of three finalists for the 2012 Hobey Baker award, given annually to the best player in men's college hockey.
The three finalists, called the Hobey Hat Trick, were announced Thursday morning ahead of the winner being announced on April 6 at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL.
Connolly finished second in the country this season with 60 points, helping UMD to its third NCAA tournament in the past four seasons.
The former Duluth Marshall Hilltopper standout scored 197 points while playing in a school-record 166 consecutive games, never missing a contest in his four-year career.
Connolly's point total places him eighth on the program's all-time scoring list, with 66 goals and 131 assists in his storied career.
He is trying to become the fifth UMD skater to win the Hobey Baker award, as he would join Tom Kurvers, Bill Watson, Chris Marinucci, and Junior Lessard. UMD's four previous winners are the most of any college hockey program in the country.
The other two finalists in the Hobey Hat Trick are Maine's Spencer Abbott and Colgate's Austin Smith.
Connolly was a top 10 Hobey Baker finalist in his junior season. UMD senior Travis Oleksuk and sophomore J.T. Brown were both top 30 candidates in this 2011-12 season.