Montreal Canadians Prospect Cole Cofield won the Hobby Baker Trophy honoring the NCAA MVP on Friday.
“It means a lot to me and my school in Wisconsin. I can not be happy with this honor. This season I have worked very hard all season, ”Cofield said in an interview, after which he humbly gave all the credit to his teammates and coaches.
Coffeld, who joined Laval Rocket, the Hobbs school club in the American League, dominated the American college scene with 30 points and 52 points.
Earlier this year, he won gold with the United States at the World Junior Hockey Championships. Recently, his badgers did not have the same success, losing their first game in the NCAA Playoffs.
“I am excited to be a part of this great organization and can’t wait [de jouer]. […] I learned a lot this year and it helps me, ”the 20-year-old continued.
Center Shane Pinto (North Dakota) and goaltender Dryden McKay (Minnesota State) are the other two finalists.
Quebecker Thomas won, for his part, the Rookie title of the year on the board.
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The first CH chance to win the Hobby Baker Trophy was not American. Selected in the seventh round of the 1981 draft by Hobbs, defenseman Tom Curvers won it in 1984 after his fourth and final season with the University of Minnesota-Bulldogs.
Another winner wearing the CH colors is Blake Geoffrey. However, he was at Nashville Predators when he won in 2010.
Cofield can wear Canadian colors on a daily basis next season. As a reference, only two recipients of the Hobby-Baker Trophy won the Calder Trophy, which was awarded to Rookie of the Year in the NHL: Chris Drury and Kale Maker.