Boston -- The 2015 Hobey Baker Award will be presented at 5 p.m. ET Friday at Northeastern University's Matthews Arena. Boston University freshman forward Jack Eichel, Harvard University junior forward Jimmy Vesey and North Dakota junior goaltender Zane McIntyre are the three Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalists.
Eichel, the nation's leading scorer with 26 goals and 44 assists for 70 points, is the front runner to win. He has the Terriers within a game of winning their first national championship since 2009. A North Chelmsford, Mass. native, Eichel would become the first freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award since Maine's Paul Kariya in 1993.
Vesey, a Nashville Predators prospect, led the way for the ECAC Hockey Tournament champion Crimson. His 32 goals ranked first nationally. He recently announced he would be returning for his senior year at Harvard. Vesey, whose father is the all-time leading scorer at Merrimack, won the Walter Brown Award for the best American born college hockey player in New England, beating out Eichel.
McIntyre led North Dakota to the Frozen Four before being bounced by Eichel's Terriers on Thursday night. A Boston Bruins draft pick, McIntyre is expected to turn pro, but he said he has yet to make a decision. He had a 2.05 goals against average and .929 save percentage this season. He picked up the Mike Richter Award earlier Friday, given annually to the best goaltender in college hockey.
Historic Matthews Arena is the former home of the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics, having opened in 1910. The Hockey Humanitarian Award will be presented prior, at 4:30. Also handed out will be the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award at 4 p.m.
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