Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD) freshman forward Tony Camaranesi had a rock solid start to his collegiate hockey career, and it landed him on a list of 77 initial candidates for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award.
Camaranesi is tied for the team lead in scoring through 20 games, totaling eight goals and 11 assists for the Bulldogs in that span.
"It was a little surprising, to be honest," Camaranesi said of the nomination. "I hadn't expected anything like that. It's obviously an honor for me, Austin [Farley], and Mike [Seidel]. The big thing we need to focus on is getting these wins next weekend."
UMD teammates Mike Seidel and Austin Farley are also up for the award, which is given each year to the best player in NCAA Division I men's hockey.
The first phase of fan voting for the 2013 Hobey Baker Award opened on Jan. 7 and will run through March 10. Fans can cast their vote once a day at the Hobey Baker website.
UMD has more Hobey Baker winners (five) than any other school in the country, with the latest coming in 2012 when Duluth, Minn. native Jack Connolly won the award following his senior season with the Bulldogs.