March 16, 2007
Detroit, Mich. – Notre Dame goaltender David Brown (Sr., Stoney Creek, Ont.) capped a busy Thursday evening at the CCHA Awards Show by hearing that he was one of 10 players named by the Hobey Baker Committee as a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award that will be awarded at the NCAA Frozen Four in April.
On the evening, Brown also collected first-team all-CCHA honors, the top goaltender award, the team’s Perani Cup award and CCHA player of the year honors.
Joining Brown on the list of 10 are: Drew Bagnall, D, St. Lawrence; John Curry, D, Boston University; Nathan Davis, F, Miami; Ryan Duncan, F, North Dakota; Eric Ehn, F, Air Force; Bobby Goepfert, G, St. Cloud State; T.J. Hensick, F, Michigan; David Jones, F, Dartmouth; Scott Parse, F, Nebraska-Omaha
Being named to the top 10 list caps a great season to date for the standout goaltender, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2004. Brown goes into Friday’s semifinal game with Lake Superior State at Joe Louis Arena leading the CCHA and the nation in several categories. He leads the CCHA and the nation in wins (27) and goals-against average (1.64). His five shutouts lead the conference and are the third-best total in the country. His .928 save percentage is second in the CCHA and sixth in the nation. All of the above are single-season Notre Dame records for Brown while he has also moved into the top spot for career goals-against average (2.38), save percentage (.914) and shutouts (11).
The list of 10 finalists was derived by voting done by all 59 Division I college hockey head coaches and fan balloting on hobeybaker.com website. The second and final phase of voting will involve the 25-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
The Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists will be announced on March 28, 2007 with the Hobey Baker Award winner announced Friday, April 6, 2007 from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, during the NCAA Frozen Four tournament. The announcement will air live on ESPNU at 6:00 pm CT.
Brown is one of four CCHA players named to the list of 10 and is joined by Hensick, Parse and Davis. He is one of three goaltenders along with Boston University’s John Curry and St. Cloud State’s Bobby Goepfert.
The CCHA had the most candidates with four, followed by the WCHA with two, ECACHL with two, Hockey East one and Atlantic Hockey one. There were six forwards, three goaltenders and one defenseman on the list.
This season, Notre Dame played against four of the candidates, Davis, Hensick, Parse and Air Force forward Eric Ehn.