Awarded annually to college hockey’s top player, the Hobey Baker Award fan-voting is open until Sunday, March 10 at midnight. Laker fans can cast one vote per day by going to the Hobey Baker website. Follow the prompts to vote for Cuglietta or Nellis. There are 81 nominees from 46 NCAA Division I schools this year. Phase two of fan balloting will come from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists, beginning March 20 and closing March 31.
Cuglietta, a senior center and history major from Kamloops, British Columbia, had tallied 18 goals and 13 assists for 31 points as of Feb. 12. Earlier this season, Cuglietta earned Great Lakes Invitational MVP honors after scoring four goals, including the overtime-game winner against Michigan State, as Lake Superior State defeated Michigan State (4-3 OT) and Michigan Tech (6-3) to win the GLI for the first time in program history. Cuglietta has been named the WCHA Forward of the Week two times this season and the NCAA Third Star of the Week once. In his Laker career, Cuglietta has tallied 43 goals and 47 assists for 90 points. As of Feb. 12, He led all active Lakers in career goals and points, while ranking second in assists.
Nellis, a senior winger and finance and economics major from Breakeyville, Quebec, has recorded 14 goals and 15 assists for 29 points as of Feb. 12. Nellis earned WCHA Forward of the Week and NCAA Third Star of the Week honors after garnering three goals and two assists in the Lakers’ series sweep at Ferris State on Feb. 1-2. As of Feb. 12, Nellis led the Lakers and ranked third in the WCHA in shots on goal (101). He has tallied 39 goals and 48 assists for 87 points in his Laker career. Nellis leads all active Lakers in career assists and is second in goals and points.
Award criteria includes candidates exhibiting the exceptional character traits of the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America’s greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate 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 be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.
The 2019 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 12, 2019 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championship in Buffalo, New York. The award ceremony will be held at HarborCenter and will be broadcast nationally on NHL Network and streamed live at hobeybaker.com. For more info on the Hobey Baker Award