Three former North American Hockey League (NAHL) players, including 2007-08 Most Valuable Player Cody Reichard, have been named finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the country’s top college hockey player.
A sophomore goaltender at Miami University (CCHA), Reichard, who was named the NAHL’s MVP, Top Goaltender and to the league’s First Team as a member of the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in 2007-08, went 15-0-2 in conference play for the RedHawks while leading virtually every goalie category, allowing only 21 goals in 17 games. Those efforts propelled the Celina, Ohio, native to No. 1 in the nation in goals-against average and third in save percentage.
Reichard holds an 18-3-3 overall record to compliment a 1.64 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage. The First Team CCHA all-star and Player of the Year finalist also has five shutouts.
Rhett Rakhshani, a senior forward at the University of Denver (WCHA), played in the NAHL as a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2004-06. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native and New York Islanders draft pick has led the Pioneers to the top of the national rankings and has done so in the highly competitive WCHA where Rakhshani led the conference in points, earning First Team all star honors in the process as DU finished in first place.
Blake Geoffrion, a senior forward at the University of Wisconsin (WCHA), also played in the NAHL with the U.S. National Team Development Program from 2004-06. Geoffrion, from Brentwood, Tenn., leads the conference in goals with 19, power-play goals with 11 and is second in points with 34, all good enough to garner First Team all-star honors. The Nashville Predators draft pick has an amazing 23 percent shooting percentage and is a great penalty killer.