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21 NAHL alumni up for Hobey Baker Award

February 9, 2021

Former NAHL and Janesville Jets forward Jakov Novak is one of 20+ NAHL alumni up for the 2021 Hobey Baker Award.

The nominees for the 2021 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 the athletic departments from Division I schools.

Of the 60+ players nominated, 20 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 2021 Hobey Baker Award is also now available online.

Fans can cast their vote by going to:

*When voting for the Hobey Baker Award, please make sure to keep in mind the qualities that a nominee must display: Exhibit strength and character, both on and off the ice; Contribute to the integrity of the team; Display outstanding skills in all phases of the game; Show scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

Here are NAHL alumni that are up for the award (alphabetical):

Matt Barry, Miami (Bismarck Bobcats, 2016-17)

Jonathan Bendorf, Mercyhurst (Aberdeen/Philadelphia/Wichita Falls, 2016-19)

Colin Bilek, Army (Northeast Generals, 2016-18)

Trenton Bliss, Michigan Tech (Coulee Region Chill, 2016-17)

Cade Borchardt, Minnesota State (Brookings Blizzard, 2016-17)

Carson Briere, Mercyhurst (Johnstown Tomahawks, 2018-19)

Tyrone Bronte, Alabama-Huntsville (WBS Knights, 2017-20)

Ashton Calder, Lake Superior State (Minnesota Wilderness, 2015-17)

Zach Driscoll, Bemidji State (Austin Bruins, 2014-15)

Nick Jenny, Robert Morris (Aberdeen Wings, 2016-17)

Brennan Kapcheck, AIC (Aston Rebels, 2015-17)

Cole Koepke, Minnesota-Duluth (Minnesota Wilderness, 2015-16)

Brandon Kruse, Bowling Green (Brookings Blizzard, 2016-17)

Jack LaFontaine, Minnesota (Janesville Jets, 2015-16)

Dryden McKay, Minnesota State (Corpus Christi/Springfield, 2014-16)

Mareks Mitens, Lake Superior State (Aston Rebels, 2016-17)

Jakov Novak, Bentley (Janesville Jets, 2016-18)

Ludvig Persson, Miami (Lone Star Brahmas, 2019-20)

Jacob Schmidt-Svejstrup, Maine (Coulee Region Chill, 2016-17)

Nathan Smith, Minnesota State (Aberdeen Wings, 2016-17)

Zach Solow, Northeastern (Janesville Jets, 2015-16)

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