LeBlanc Gets Hobey Baker Award to Keep

By KBJR News 1

LeBlanc Gets Hobey Baker Award to Keep

May 22, 2013 Updated May 22, 2013 at 10:24 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Hermantown, Minn. native Drew LeBlanc received the Hobey Baker Award with his name on it Wednesday night at a banquet in St. Paul, Minn., that more than a month after he was announced as this year's top player in NCAA Division I men's college hockey.

LeBlanc was officially presented at the banquet with the trophy he gets to keep --- the trophy used at April's announcement was generic and did not have his name inscribed.

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 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.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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