NAHL Alumni Update
January 16, 2019
The nominees for the 2019 Hobey Baker Memorial Award have been announced. The award recognizes the top NCAA men's ice hockey player in the nation. Nominations were given by sports information directors from Division I schools.
Of the 80+ players nominated, 17 are alumni that previously played in the NAHL before moving onto play in NCAA Division I hockey.
The annual fan ballot contribution to help determine the winner of the 2019 Hobey Baker Award is also now available online.
Fans can cast their vote by going to: https://www.hobeybaker.com/vote
NAHL Alumni nominated for Hobey Baker Award
Derek Barach, Mercyhurst (Lone Star Brahmas)
Trey Bradley, Colorado College (Wenatchee Wild)
Scott Conway, Providence (Texas Tornado)
Eric Cooley, Niagara (Amarillo Bulls)
Brennan Kapcheck, American International College (Aston Rebels)
Justin Kendall, Niagara (Coulee Region Chill)
Jake Kielly, Clarkson (Austin Bruins)
Brandon Kruse, Bowling Green (Brookings Blizzard)
Stefanos Lekkas, Vermont (Springfield Jr. Blues)
Marc Michaelis, Minnesota State University-Mankato (Minnesota Magicians)
Westin Michaud, Colorado College (Corpus Christi IceRays)
Mason Morelli, Nebraska-Omaha (Minot Mintauros)
Hunter Shepard, Minnesota-Duluth (Bismarck Bobcats)
Nico Sturm, Clarkson (Austin/Corpus Christi)
Atte Tolvanen, Northern Michigan (Minot/MN Magicians)
Sebastian Vidmar, Union (Lone Star Brahmas)
Johnny Walker, Arizona State (Topeka/Minot)
Atlantic Hockey Rookie of the Week: Dalton Hunter, Mercyhurst (Johnstown Tomahawks)
Dalton Hunter returned to the Mercyhurst lineup after being out since November 24th and made an immediate impact, registering four points in a two-game sweep of Canisius. He had two goals and one assist in Friday’s 6-2 win, then followed with an assist in a 6-3 win Saturday.
WCHA Goaltender of the Week: Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (Springfield Jr. Blues)
McKay had 45 saves on 48 shots for a .938 save percentage and 1.46 goals against average in two wins at Ferris State last weekend. The freshman made 17 saves in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Bulldogs before turning aside 28 of 29 shots in Saturday's 2-1 victory. The Downers Grove, Ill., native stands 11-4-1 with a 2.05 GAA and .919 save percentage for the year.
WCHA Rookie of the Week: Griffin Loughran, Northern Michigan (Corpus Christi IceRays)
Loughran continued his scoring tear with a league-leading three points among WCHA rookies over the weekend. His two assists in Friday's win at Alaska Anchorage gave the West Seneca, N.Y., native his third multi-point game since December 15. Loughran also added an assist on Saturday's game winning goal against the Seawolves. The freshman now has eight points over the past five contests.