February 26, 2010

Blair Riley Among Top Vote Getters For Hobey Baker Award

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Senior Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia), a member of the nationally-ranked 2009-10 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team, is presently among the top 10 leaders in fan balloting for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award as college hockey's top player in the nation.

Riley had received a seventh-place 6,287 votes as of Feb. 23 with more than 105,000 having been cast in the fan balloting for the 2010 national individual award.  To date as of Feb. 26, the FSU forward has garnered a 6,852 votes total. 

Riley is presently midst his most productive season at Ferris State this 2009-10 campaign with career highs in points (33), goals (17), assists (16), game-winning goals (two), short-handed goals (two), and plus-minus efficiency (+10) in 34 contests to date.  In 141 career outings, Riley has produced 82 points on 41 goals and assists apiece.  The Bulldog skater currently ranks tied for 30th-place honors among the program's all-time goal-scoring leaders.

Riley, the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) RBC Financial Group Player of the Month for November 2009, has helped lead Ferris State to a 19-11-4 overall record with a second-place tying 13-9-4-3 CCHA mark to date.  FSU is also presently listed 14th nationally in all three national collegiate hockey polls.  

This first phase of fan balloting, along with ballots submitted by all 58 Division I college hockey coaches will determine the Top Ten finalists for the 2010 Hobey Baker Award.  Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 19 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists.  The fans' vote accounts for a full one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.

Key Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2010 include:

  • Top Ten list of candidates: March 18
  • Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: March 31
  • Hobey Baker Award winner:  April 9

 The 2010 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 9, 2010 during the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Detroit, Mich.  The 30th annual award announcement honoring college hockey's top player will be televised live during prime time on ESPNU at 7 p.m. (ET). 

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