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Canadians Foo, Kerfoot Still in Hunt for Hobey Baker

By Randy Lucenti on March 19, 2017

Spencer Foo of the Union College Dutchmen (L) and Alexander Kerfoot of Harvard Crimson (R) are the two Canadians on the list of 10 finalists for the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given to the top player in NCAA Division 1 men's hockey. (Foo: Courtesy of Union Athletics, Kerfoot: Gil Talbot photo)

A pair of Canadians remain in the hunt for the 2017 Hobey Baker Memorial Award as top player in NCAA Division 1 men's hockey.

The initial field of more than 60 nominees was reduced to 10 hopefuls on March 16 and that grouping included Union College Dutchmen junior forward Spencer Foo from Edmonton, Alta. and Harvard Crimson senior forward Alexander Kerfoot from West Vancouver, B.C.  

Foo and linemate Mike Vecchione both made the 10-player field and were the only teammates on that list.

Foo led the entire nation in plus-minus rating with a plus-31 and game-winning points with 15. He finished fourth in the nation in scoring with 59 points (24G, 35A) in 36 games while Vecchione placed third in scoring with 62 points (29G, 33A).

The Edmonton native, who is also in the running for the ECAC Hockey player-of-the-year award, has tallied 47 goals and added 62 assists for 109 points in his first three years with the Dutchmen.

He honed his skills prior to heading south of the border by playing two seasons with the Bonnyville Pontiacs of the AJHL. In 115 junior games, Foo racked up 97 points (53G, 44A).

Kerfoot, who is also a finalist for the ECAC Hockey player-of-the-year award, led Harvard in scoring this season with 40 points (16G, 24A) in 31 starts.

The West Vancouver native, who was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round (150th overall) of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, has tallied 118 points (36G, 82A) during his four seasons at Harvard. He played parts of three seasons with the Coquitlam Express of the BCHL before beginning his NCAA career. He played in 72 junior games and finished with 86 points.

Kerfoot is hoping to follow in the footsteps of former teammate Jimmy Vesey who captured the Hobey in 2016 and now stars for the NHL's New York Rangers.

The last time a Canadian won the award was in 2007. That season, Calgary, Alta. native Ryan Duncan of the University of North Dakota took home the prize.

The other players making the top-10 list were: NCAA scoring champion Zach Aston-Reese, a senior forward with Northeastern Huskies (signed this past week as a free agent by the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins), junior goaltender Michael Bitzer of Bemidji State Beavers, junior forward Anders Bjork of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, senior defenceman Will Butcher of the Denver Pioneers, senior forward Tyler Kelleher of the New Hampshire Wildcats and sophomore forward Tyler Sheehy of the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Other Canadians on the initial list of nominees were freshman goaltender Angus Redmond (Langley, B.C.) of the Michigan Tech Huskies, senior goaltender Mitch Gillam (Peterborough, Ont.) of Cornell Big Red, junior defenceman Jake Walman (Toronto, Ont.) of the Providence Friars, junior forward Dylan Sikura (Aurora, Ont.) of the Northeastern Huskies, senior forward Troy Crema (Toronto, Ont.) of the Dartmouth Big Green, junior forward Brett Seney (London, Ont.) of the Merrimack Warriors, senior forward Daniel Leavens (Toronto, Ont.) of the Robert Morris Colonials and senior forward Max French (West Kelowna, B.C.) of the Bentley Falcons.

Three finalists from the field of 10, known as the Hobey Baker Hat Trick, will be announced on March 30 and then a 27-member selection committee will determine this year's winner which will be announced on Friday, April 7 during the Frozen Four in Chicago.


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By Randy Lucenti| March 19, 2017
Categories:  College
Keywords:  NCAA

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