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Feature Friday: USHL Alumni Aplenty on Hobey Baker and Mike Richter Award Lists

02/26/2021, 4:30pm CST
By Brent Meske

36 Alumni on Initial Hobey Baker List, 7 of 9 Mike Richter Finalists

The USHL is in great position to sweep both the Hobey Baker Award and Mike Richter Award for the second-straight season. When the initial lists were announced for each award, USHL alumni were all over the lists, accounting for more than half of the combined nominees. On the Hobey Baker Award Initial List, 36 of the 69 nominees were USHL alumni while 23 of the initial 35 Mike Richter Award nominees came from the USHL. 

Hobey Baker Award Nominees (Initial List)

Name Position NCAA Team USHL Team (Seasons) NHL Draft
Attard, Ronnie Defenseman Western Michigan University Tri-City Storm (2016-19) Philadelphia Flyers (2019, Round 3, #72)
Boldy, Matthew Forward Boston College USA Hockey NTDP (2017-19) Minnesota Wild (2019, Round 1, #12)
Borchardt, Cade Forward Minnesota State University Madison Capitols (2017-18), Sioux Falls Stampede (2018-19)
Bronte, Tyrone Forward University of Alabama-Huntsville Omaha Lancers (2017-18)
Calder, Ashton Forward Lake Superior State University Lincoln Stars (2017-18)
Carlile, Declan Defenseman Merrimack College Lincoln Stars (2018-19), Muskegon Lumberjacks (2018-19)
Cates, Noah Forward University of Minnesota Duluth Omaha Lancers (2015-18) Philadelphia Flyers (2017, Round 5, #137)
Cruikshank, Grant Forward Colorado College USA Hockey NTDP (2014-15)
Dawe, Adam Forward University of Maine Sioux Falls Stampede (2017-18)
Farrance, David Defenseman Boston University USA Hockey NTDP (2015-17) Nashville Predators (2017, Round 3, #92)
Frank, Ethen Forward Western Michigan University Lincoln Stars (2014-17)
Godbout, Marcel Forward Sacred Heart University Des Moines Buccaneers (2013-14), Waterloo Black Hawks (2014-15), Chicago Steel (2014-16), Madison Capitols (2015-17), Sioux City Musketeers (2016-17)
Harris, Jordan Defenseman Northeastern University Youngstown Phantoms (2017-18) Montreal Canadiens (2018, Round 3, #71)
Hutsko, Logan Forward Boston College USA Hockey NTDP (2015-17) Florida Panthers (2018, Round 3, #89)
Jefferies, Alex Defenseman Merrimack College Dubuque Fighting Saints (2018-19) New York Islanders (2020, Round 4, #121)
Kalble, Lukas Defenseman Lake Superior State University Fargo Force (2016-17)
Kiersted, Matt Defenseman University of North Dakota Chicago Steel (2014-17)
Knight, Spencer Goaltender Boston College USA Hockey NTDP (2017-19) Florida Panthers (2019, Round 1, #13)
Kopeke, Cole Forward University of Minnesota Duluth Sioux City Musketeers (2016-18) Tampa Bay Lightning (2018, Round 6, #183)
Limoges, Alex Forward Penn State University Tri-City Storm (2015-17), Waterloo Black Hawks (2016-17)
McKay, Dryden Goaltender Minnesota State University Green Bay Gamblers (2015-16), Madison Capitols (2016-18)
Pertuzzelli, Keith Goaltender Quinnipiac University Muskegon Lumberjacks (2016-17) Detroit Red Wings (2017, Round 3, #88)
Perbix, Nick Defenseman St. Cloud State University Omaha Lancers (2017-18) Tampa Bay Lightning (2017, Round 6, #169)
Pinto, Shane Forward University of North Dakota Lincoln Stars (2018-19), Tri-City Storm (2018-19) Ottawa Senators (2019, Round 2, #32)
Power, Owen Defenseman University of Michigan Chicago Steel (2018-20) 2021 NHL Draft Prospect
Primeau, Chayse Forward University of Nebraska-Omaha Lincoln Stars (2015-17), Dubuque Fighting Saints (2017-18)
Schmidt-Svesjstrup, Jacob Forward University of Maine Dubuque Fighting Saints (2016-17), Fargo Force (2017-18)
Slavin, Josiah Forward Colorado College Tri-City Storm (2016-17), Lincoln Stars (2017-19), Chicago Steel (2018-19) Chicago Blackhawks (2018, Round 7, #193)
Smith, Nathan Forward Minnesota State University Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2017-19) Winnipeg Jets (2018, Round 3, #91)
Solow, Zach Forward Northeastern University Dubuque Fighting Saints (2015-17)
Steeves, Alex Forward University of Notre Dame Sioux City Musketeers (2015-16), Dubuque Fighting Saints (2016-18)
Swaney, Nick Forward University of Minnesota Duluth Waterloo Black Hawks (2013-17) Minnesota Wild (2017, Round 7, #209)
Thompson, Tyce Forward Providence College Dubuque Fighting Saints (2016-18) New Jersey Devils (2019, Round 4, #96)
Tralmaks, Eduards Forward University of Maine Chicago Steel (2016-17)
Tufto, Odeen Forward Quinnipiac University Fargo Force (2016-17), Tri-City Storm (2016-17), Sioux City Musketeers (2016-17)
York, Cam Defenseman University of Michigan USA Hockey NTDP (2017-19) Philadelphia Flyers (2019, Round 1, #14)

Last season, University of Minnesota Duluth junior defenseman Scott Perunovich won the Hobey Baker Award, marking the 13th USHL alumnus to win the award and eighth in the last 10 seasons. Among the nominees, 24 are forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders. Of the 36 USHL alumni named to the Hobey Baker Initial List,  17 have been drafted by NHL teams including a team-high three players selected by the Philadelphia Flyers. The Hobey Baker Award nominees also include true freshman University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power who is eligible for the 2021 NHL Draft. All 16 USHL Member Clubs are represented on the Hobey Baker Initial List, including six alumni from the Dubuque Fighting Saints, Lincoln Stars and USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP). Other teams with multiple alumni include: Chicago Steel (5), Tri-City Storm (5), Sioux City Musketeers (4), Fargo Force (3), Madison Capitols (3), Omaha Lancers (3), Waterloo Black Hawks (3), Muskegon Lumberjacks (2), and Sioux Falls Stampede (2). 

Mike Richter Award Finalists

When the Mike Richter Award Finalists were announced, USHL alumni accounted for seven of the nine names on the list. USHL alumni have won the award in each of the last three seasons (Jeremy Swayman, 2019-20; Cayden Primeau, 2018-19; Cale Morris, 2017-18) and have won five of the last six Mike Richter Awards. This season's USHL alumni Finalists include a pair of NHL drafted netminders (Spencer Knight, Flordia Panthers & Keith Petruzzelli, Detroit Red Wings) as well as Jaxson Stauber who played in the USHL last season and won the Clark Cup Championship with the Sioux Falls Stampede (2018-19). 

All seven USHL alumni Finalists can be found here:

Spencer Knight - Boston College
Strauss Mann - University of Michigan
Dryden McKay - Minnesota State University
Keith Petruzzelli - Quinnipiac University
Blake Pietila - Michigan Tech
Adam Scheel - University of North Dakota
Jaxson Stauber - Providence College

Mike Richter Award Nominees (Initial List)

Name NCAA Team USHL Team (Seasons) NHL Draft
Commesso, Drew Boston University USA Hockey NTDP (2018-20) Chicago Blackhawks (2020, Round 2, #46)
DeRidder, Drew Michigan State University Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2016-17), USA Hockey NTDP (2017-19)
Dop, Eric Bowling Green State University Tri-City Storm (2016-17)
Driscoll, Zach Bemidji State University Omaha Lancers (2014-15, 2017-18)
Gordon, Erik College of the Holy Cross USA Hockey NTDP (2016-17)
Grabko, Nicholas Bentley University Green Bay Gamblers (2019-20)
Hrenak, David St. Cloud State University Green Bay Gamblers (2016-18) Los Angeles Kings (2018, Round 5, #144)
Knight, Spencer Boston College USA Hockey NTDP (2017-19) Florida Panthers (2019, Round 1, #13)
Kucharski, Jake American International College Des Moines Buccaneers (2016-19), Omaha Lancers (2018-19) Carolina Hurricanes (2018, Round 7, #197)
Ladd, Matt Canisius College Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2016-17), Chicago Steel (2016-17)
LaRocque, Zack Air Force Academy Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2015-17)
Mann, Strauss University of Michigan Fargo Force (2017-18)
McKay, Dryden Minnesota State University Green Bay Gamblers (2015-16), Madison Capitols (2016-18)
Metcalf, Garrett Long Island University Madison Capitols (2014-16), Waterloo Black Hawks (2015-16) Anaheim Ducks (2015, Round 6, #179)
Murray, Matt University of Massachusetts Fargo Force (2016-17)
Nappier, Tommy Ohio State University Chicago Steel (2016-17), Omaha Lancers (2016-17)
Petruzzelli, Keith Quinnipiac University Muskegon Lumberjacks (2016-17) Detroit Red Wings (2017, Round 3, #88)
Pietila, Blake Michigan Tech Cedar Rapids RoughRiders (2017-19)
Rowe, Cameron University of Wisconsin USA Hockey NTDP (2017-19), Des Moines Buccaneers (2019-20)
Saville, Isaiah University of Nebraska-Omaha Tri-City Storm (2018-19) Vegas Golden Knights (2019, Round 5, #135)
Scheel, Adam University of North Dakota USA Hockey NTDP (2015-17)
Stauber, Jaxson Providence College Sioux Falls Stampede (2017-20)
Vomacka, Tomas University of Connecticut Lincoln Stars (2017-18) Nashville Predators (2017, Round 5, #154)

Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the 2020-21 season will be the USHL's 19th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league. The USHL had 51 players selected at the 2020 NHL Draft, marking the third-straight season with 50-or-more USHL players selected in the Draft. More than 800 league alumni are currently on NCAA Division I rosters, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.

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