Two seniors, goaltender Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) and defenseman Zach Redmond (Traverse City), both members of the 2010-11 nationally-ranked Ferris State University men's ice hockey team have been officially announced as 2010-11 season candidates for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is awarded annually to nation's top collegiate men's ice hockey player.
The two are among 68 men's ice hockey student-athletes this season vying for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
Pat Nagle , a 2010-11 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Preseason Second-Team selection, has registered an 11-7-4 mark in net this season with a 1.81 goals-against average and a .929 saves percentage as a starter in all 22 appearances. Nagle currently ranks fifth among the national leaders in goals-against average, eighth in save percentage, and 28th in winning percentage (.591) for Ferris State, which leads the nation in scoring defense with a 2.00 goals per game average. The 6-3, 185-pound netminder was tabbed as the CCHA Goaltender of the Week earlier this season (Nov. 8) and also was named to Inside College Hockey.com's 2010-11 First Half All-CCHA Team.
Nagle is presently listed first in save percentage (.917) on FSU's all-time leaders chart while ranking tied for second in both shutouts (six) and goals-against average (2.31), third in victories (38), tied for fifth in games played (86), sixth in minutes played (4,931), and seventh in saves (2,091) in 86 career outings.
Zach Redmond presently leads Ferris State in scoring with 16 points on a career season-best tying six goals and 10 assists in 18 games this campaign. The 2010-11 Inside College Hockey.com Preseason All-America Third-Team selection and 2010-11 First Half All-CCHA Team pick has recorded a plus six efficiency rating to go with two-game winning goals and 34 blocked shots. The Bulldog team captain, who was selected to the 2010-11 CCHA Preseason First Team, has generated four multiple-point game performance this season while tallying at least a point in 12 contests. The 6-2, 205-pound Redmond was recently chosen (Jan. 10) as the CCHA's Defenseman of the Week after earning the honor on three occasions (Oct. 26, Dec. 14 and Jan. 11) a season ago.
A 2009-10 All-CCHA Second-Team honoree, Redmond currently ranks 27th among Ferris State's career leaders in assists (65) and is 40th in points (86). Among the Bulldogs' all-time defensemen, Redmond is sixth in assists, seventh in points, and tied for ninth in goals (21) in 133 contests.
The two have helped the 19th nationally-ranked Ferris State squad post an 11-9-4 overall record with a fourth-place 8-7-3-2 mark (29 league points) in CCHA action to date this season.
The Hobey Baker Award's popular fan-voting phase is now open and college hockey fans can vote for their favorite Hobey Baker Award candidate once every 24 hours. Fans may vote as many times as they would like and when the online voting has concluded, the votes are tabulated and the results will carry a weight in the final selection process for the 2011 Hobey Baker Award finalists and the Award's recipient.
Visit the Hobey Baker website, http://www.hobeybakeraward.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 6, 2011. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 18 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. Bulldog hockey fans are encouraged to visit www.hobeybaker.com to vote for Pat Nagle and/or Zach Redmond.
Hobey Baker candidate criteria includes the superlative character traits put forth by the award's namesake, Hobey Baker, a World War I flying ace who was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day. Award candidates must exhibit 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 also be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship. In the 2002-03 season, former Ferris State All-American Chris Kunitz was one of the remaining three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
The 2011 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 8, 2011 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in St. Paul, Minn. The 31stannual award announcement honoring college hockey's top player will be televised live during prime time on ESPNU.
For more information on the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, please visit hobeybakeraward.com.