Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/12/13 at 07:23 PM ET
from Bob Snow at NHL.com,
Drew LeBlanc had a pretty good day on Friday.
The senior forward from St. Cloud State was named as the 33rd winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top college hockey player in the United States -- and shortly after receiving the award, he agreed to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year contract.
LeBlanc is the first Hobey Baker winner from St. Cloud State and the 16th from the Western College Hockey Association. He finished ahead of the other two Hobey Hat Trick finalists --Johnny Gaudreau, a sophomore forward from Boston College, and Eric Hartzell, a senior goaltender from Quinnipiac University.
The 23-year-old, who was never drafted by an NHL team, was named winner of the Hobey Baker in a ceremony at the Consol Energy Center less than 24 hours after Hartzell and the Bobcats beat St. Cloud State 4-1 in the NCAA Frozen Four.
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