With the initial fan balloting phase of the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award drawing to a close, Ferris State University men's ice hockey fans are encouraged to cast their vote on a daily basis for a pair of Bulldog seniors, Pat Nagle (Bloomfield) and Zach Redmond (Traverse City).
Nagle and Redmond are among 68 individuals this season vying for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate men's ice hockey player.
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. Bulldog hockey fans are encouraged to visit www.hobeybaker.com to vote for Pat Nagle and/or Zach Redmond.
The first phase of fan balloting, which runs through this Sunday (March 6), will be determined by fan balloting along with ballots submitted by all 58 Division I college hockey coaches to determine the Top Ten finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Award. Phase two of the fan balloting will commence Saturday, March 19 from the list of the Top Ten Hobey Baker Award 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 Award announcement dates for 2011 include:
* Top Ten list of candidates: March 19
* Hobey Baker Hat Trick three finalists: April 7
* Hobey Baker Award winner: April 8
Pat Nagle has compiled a 17-12-5 record this season as a 34-game starter while posting a 1.97 goals-against average and a .924 saves percentage. Nationally, the 2010-11 Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Preseason Second-Team selection currently ranks second in goals-against average, seventh in save percentage, and 30th in winning percentage (.574). A CCHA Goaltender of the Week Award honoree this campaign (Nov. 8), Nagle is presently tied for first among Ferris State's all-time leaders in save percentage (.916) while ranking second in both victories (44) and lowest goals-against average (2.31), fourth in saves (2,366) and minutes played (5,619), and fifth in games played (98) and shutouts (five).
Zach Redmond is Ferris State's scoring leader this season with 20 points on seven goals and 13 assists in 26 contests. 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 three efficiency rating to go with three game-winning goals and 41 blocked shots. The 2010-11 Bulldog team captain was tabbed as the CCHA's Defenseman of the Week this season (Jan. 10) after earning the same honor on three occasions (Oct. 26, Dec. 14 and Jan. 11) a season ago. A 2009-10 All-CCHA Second-Team honoree, Redmond currently is tied for 24th place among Ferris State's career leaders in assists (68) and 37th in points (90). Among the Bulldogs' all-time defensemen, Redmond is sixth in assists, seventh in points, and tied for seventh in goals (22).
The two have helped Ferris State register a 17-14-5 overall record and a fifth-place 12-12-4-3 mark (43 league points) in the final CCHA regular-season standings this season. The Bulldogs earned a first-round bye in the 2011 CCHA Championships and will visit Western Michigan next weekend, March 11-13, in a best-of-three CCHA Quarterfinal-Round series at Kalamazoo, Mich.
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.