Hermantown, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Hermantown, Minn. native and former St. Cloud State University forward Drew LeBlanc returned to his hometown on Friday morning, and he brought with him his 2013 Hobey Baker Award.
LeBlanc spent several hours on Friday morning at Hermantown Ice Arena, signing autographs and taking pictures with young fans. It was an experience he said was just an enjoyable for him as it was the kids who came to see him.
"It's fun to get back and see the kids," LeBlanc said. "I don't know a lot of the kids now, but just to give them the chance to come in and be around the trophy. It's kind of an intimidating trophy, so it's cool to see them with it and have them touch it and stuff. It was a fun day for me, and I hope they enjoyed it as much as I did."
LeBlanc won the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in NCAA Division I men's hockey this past season, after which he signed a professional contract with the Chicago Blackhawks.
That team is now playing in the Stanley Cup Finals, and, if they win, LeBlanc says there is potential he could receive a championship ring.
"People have said if you play a game during the season that they give you one, but I'm not going to hold out hope on that," LeBlanc said. "It'd just be nice to see them win it. It'd be good for the city of Chicago, and that's a hockey-crazed town."
The former Hawks standout played in two games with Chicago following his signing on April 12, which came on the same day that he was announced as the Hobey Baker Award winner.
Because his deal was for just one season and he played in those two games, LeBlanc is now an NHL free agent but says he hopes to sign another contract with the Blackhawks this summer.