H'town's LeBlanc Nominated for an ESPY Award

By KBJR News 1

June 27, 2013 Updated Jun 27, 2013 at 10:48 PM CDT

Hermantown, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Hermantown, Minn. native and 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner Drew LeBlanc has been nominated for an ESPY in the category of best male college athlete, it was announced on Thursday.

LeBlanc is up against Michigan basketball player Trey Burke, Cornell wrestler Kyle Dake, and Texas A&M football player Johnny Manziel.

The former St. Cloud State University (SCSU) standout finished his senior collegiate season this past winter, totaling 13 goals and 37 assists to help lead the Huskies to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular season title and the NCAA Frozen Four.

In addition to winning the 2013 Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men's hockey, LeBlanc was also named the WCHA player of the year and the Premier Player of College Hockey.

Following his collegiate season, he signed a one-year contract with the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks and also played overseas with Team USA at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.

LeBlanc was also nominated for Sports Illustrated's male college athlete of the year award, but he lost out on that honor to Cornell's Kyle Dake.

Fans can vote for LeBlanc and several other ESPY nominees at the official 2013 ESPYs website, with voting set to end on July 17.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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