The Minnesota Twins continue their tradition of honoring college hockey by having 2013 Hobey Baker Award winner Drew LeBlanc throw out the first pitch before Wednesday's (June 12, 2013) game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
LeBlanc, the first player in WCHA history to be named both the conference's Player of the Year and Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year, scored 50 points (including a nation-leading 37 assists) for St. Cloud State this season after a broken leg cost him all but 10 games the year before. He helped lead the Huskies to a share of the WCHA regular season title and to their first-ever Frozen Four appearance in school history.
The Hermantown, MN native will be joined on the fied by several of his teammates and coaches.
This isn't the first time that the Twins have honored college hockey players and teams in the region at Target Field. Minnesota-Duluth was honored after winning the national championship in 2011 while the University of Minnesota women's hockey team was given the same treatment this past April following their perfect season
Additionally, 2012 Hobey Baker Award winner Jack Connolly (Minnesota-Duluth) was supposed to throw out a first pitch last year. Bad weather ruined his opportunity.
LeBlanc signed a professional contract with the Chicago Blackhawks following the end of his fifth year with St. Cloud State (Drew received a medical redshirt in 2011-12). He made his NHL debut for Chicago, who coincidentally begin the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, and played in two games.
For his efforts, LeBlanc is taking throwing the first pitch in stride.
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