Hobey Hopeful Blair Riley still in the mix

Ferris hockey's lead scorer up for national award

Ferris senior left wing Blair Riley has been nominated for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, an honor given to the nation’s top college hockey player.

Riley is tied for third in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) with 30 points. His team-leading 17 goals rank him in a second-place tie in the conference and he is in a first-place tie with two shorthanded goals.

There are 70 players on the list of candidates in the first phase, which will continue until March 7. Only the top 10 finalists will remain on the ballot and move forward. Fans will have the opportunity to vote on the top 10 finalists beginning on March 19 during phase two of the process.

On April 1, the Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalists will be announced and the award-winner will be announced on April 9.

In each phase of the selection process, the fan votes count for one percent of the total ballot. The remainder of the vote comes from the coaches of the 58 NCAA Division I hockey teams. Coaches vote for whom they believe are the top three players in their league and the top three players in the nation.

Criteria for the candidates include superlative character, outstanding skills in all facets of the game, scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

Fans can view the list of candidates and cast their vote at hobeybaker.com/voting.