Balloting for the 2010 Hobey Baker Memorial Award is presently underway and Ferris State University men's ice hockey senior forward Blair Riley (Kamloops, British Columbia) is an official candidate for this prestigious award as college hockey's top player nationally.
Bulldog hockey fans are encouraged to visit www.hobeybaker.com to vote for Riley.
Riley currently leads the Bulldogs in scoring with a career single-season best 32 points on a team-high 17 goals and 15 assists in 32 appearances this campaign.
The left winger has been instrumental this 2009-10 season in leading nationally-ranked Ferris State to an 18-10-4 overall record and a second-place tying 12-8-4-3 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) mark. Presently, the Bulldogs are ranked 14th in the country in all three national college hockey polls - U.S. College Hockey Online, USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, and Inside College Hockey.com.
Riley has already received numerous honors this season, highlighted by being named the RBC Financial Group Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Player of the Month for November. He also has earned both CCHA Offensive Player of the Week and Inside College Hockey.com Player of the Week plaudits (Nov. 23). Riley landed a spot on the 2010 Badger Hockey Showdown's All-Tournament Team (Jan. 3).
The Hobey Baker's highly popular fan-voting phase is open so visit the Hobey Baker website, www.hobeybaker.com. Click on the Vote for Hobey Baker icon and follow the prompts to make your selection from this year's outstanding crop of college hockey players.
This first phase of fan balloting for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award will run now through March 7, 2010. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 19 from the list of the Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. The fans' vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.