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Thatcher Demko Named Hobey Hat Trick Finalist

The Hobey Baker Award is given annually to the top men's college hockey player in the country.

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Thatcher Demko has made it to the final round of Hobey Baker consideration, the Hobey Hat Trick. The award will be announced on Friday, April 8th during Frozen Four weekend. The award ceremony will take place at the Tampa Theater, and will be streamed live on and the NHL Network.

Demko has had a stellar junior season after offseason hip surgery last summer. He has a BC record of 10 shutouts, and recorded six shutouts in his first nine games this season. Demko's record on the year is 27-7-4, and his play is a huge reason why the Eagles have made it to the Frozen four. Demko is tied for second in the NCAA with a .936 save percentage, and he has a 1.85 GAA. Many expect this to be his final season at BC - he was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks.

Rounding out the Hobey Hat Trick are Kyle Connor, a freshman from Michigan, and Jimmy Vesey, Harvard's senior captain. Connor led the nation in points and goals, and had a 27 game point streak this year (not as good as Johnny Gaudreau's 31 game point streak, but who's counting). Vesey is in the Hobey Hat Trick for the second year in a row. He scored 24 goals this season and received numerous accolades. Vesey, a Predators draft pick, recently announced that he will be pursuing free agency instead of signing with Nashville. Vesey was considered the favorite to win for much of the season, but many now consider Connor the most likely to win.