Hermantown's LeBlanc Wins 2013 Hobey Baker

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Hermantown's LeBlanc Wins 2013 Hobey Baker

April 12, 2013 Updated Apr 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM CDT

Pittsburgh, PA (NNCNOW.com) --- Hermantown, Minn. native Drew LeBlanc has been named the winner of the 2013 Hobey Baker Award, given each year to the top individual player in NCAA Division I men's college hockey.

LeBlanc was one of three finalists for the award, joining Boston College sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau and Qunnipiac senior goaltender Eric Hartzell in what's called the Hobey Hat Trick.

The former Hermantown standout finished the season leading all of NCAA Division I with 37 assists, adding 13 goals to that total for St. Cloud State University (SCSU) in the 2012-13 season.

The first player to ever earn Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) player of the year and scholar-athlete of the year honors in the same season, LeBlanc also helped SCSU to its first-ever NCAA Frozen Four.

The Huskies fell 4-1 to Quinnipiac on Thursday night in the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals, ending LeBlanc's collegiate career with SCSU.

The season also marked a comeback of sorts for LeBlanc, who broke his leg in two places just 10 games into the 2011-12 season. Rather than move on, he took a medical redshirt and returned as a fifth-year senior captain this season for the Huskies.

LeBlanc becomes the first SCSU player and first Hermantown native to win the Hobey Baker, but he is the fourth Northland native to earn that particular honor. Duluth, Minn. native Jack Connolly (2012) and Grand Rapids, Minn. native Chris Marinucci (1994) each won with UMD, while Duluth, Minn. native Robb Stauber (1988) won with Minnesota.

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