The nominees for the 2018 Hobey Baker Memorial Award have been announced today and Rebels alum Brennan Kapcheck is one of them.
The award recognizes the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player in the nation. Nominations were given by sports information directors from Division I schools.
The annual fan ballot contribution to help determine the winner of the 2018 Hobey Baker Award is available online. Fans can cast their vote by going to www.voteforhobey.com.
Kapcheck spent two seasons with the Rebels before he committed to American International College. He was the Rebels 2016-17 defensive player of the year. He also won two prestigious NAHL awards last season including: All-NAHL First Team and All East Division team.
He is currently a freshman at AIC, and he has eighteen points (6 goals and 12 assists) in twenty-four games.
This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 4, 2018. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 14 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists and will close March 25.
The fans’ vote accounts for a full one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year’s award recipient.
Award criteria include candidates exhibiting the exceptional character traits of the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America’s greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton.
Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game.
Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.
Key Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2018 include:
- Top Ten list of candidates: March 14
- Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: March 29
- Hobey Baker Award announcement: April 6
The 2018 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 6, 2018, during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in St. Paul, Minn. The award ceremony will be held at the Roy Wilkens Auditorium in the St. Paul RiverCentre and will be broadcast nationally on the NHL Network.