The Hobey Baker Memorial Award announced Friday that the 2017 recipient of college hockey’s top individual prize is Will Butcher from the University of Denver. The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in a live ceremony held at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago and aired nationally on NHL Network.

As team captain in his senior season, Butcher has helped guide his Denver Pioneers to the Frozen Four national championship game as the No. 1-ranked team in the nation. Butcher’s stellar performance as the premiere defenseman in the nation led to a host of postseason awards including: the NCHC Player of the Year, Offensive Defenseman of the Year and for the second straight season, first team All-Conference. Earlier Friday, he was also honored by the American Hockey Coaches Association as a first-team All-American in the West.