Minnetonka, Minn. -- The Ivy League claimed nine of the 77 spots when the opening round of balloting for the Hobey Baker Award began this week.
Representing the Ivy League are Cornell's junior goalie Andy Iles, senior forward Greg Miller and senior defenseman Nick D'Agostino, Dartmouth's junior forward Matt Lindblad and sophomore forward Tyler Sikura, Harvard's senior defenseman Danny Biega, and Yale's senior forward Andrew Miller, senior forward Antoine Laganiere and junior forward Kenny Agostino.
Online balloting began at 12 noon CT at hobeybakeraward.com and will continue until March 10. At that point, the ballot will be cut to 10 for a second phase of balloting to select the Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists. The recipient will be announced on April 12.
Along with fan voting, which will account for 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase, each Division I head coach is asked to vote for the top three players in their conference and the top three players in the nation.
The Ivy League has had three Hobey Baker Award winners all-time, all three of them coming from Harvard: Lane MacDonald (1989), Scott Fusco (1986), Mark Fusco (1983).
Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker. An American super-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 while starring for 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.