Hermantown, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Hermantown, Minn. native and 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner Drew LeBlanc will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Wednesday's game between Minnesota and Philadelphia at Target Field, he confirmed to NNCNOW.com.
"Hoping not to make SportsCenter 'Not Top 10,'" LeBlanc tweeted. "I think I'm going to try to go with a heater."
The former Hawks standout totaled 13 goals and 37 assists this past season with St. Cloud State University (SCSU), leading the Huskies to that program's first ever Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) regular season title and its first-ever NCAA Division I Frozen Four.
LeBlanc was also named this year the WCHA player of the year and scholar-athlete of the year, marking the first time in history a player has won both those awards in the same season.
The Hermantown, Minn. native signed a professional contract with Chicago the same day as the Hobey Baker announcement, and he made his professional debut with the Blackhawks on April 24.
Duluth, Minn. native and 2012 Hobey Baker Award winner Jack Connolly was invited last summer to throw out the first pitch, but inclement weather rolled over Target Field before he was able to take the mound.