Following a dominant season at the University of Wisconsin, Cole Caufield has received the top individual award, being named as the Hobey Baker Award recipient for the top NCAA player in the country. Shane Pinto (Ottawa) and Dryden McKay (undrafted) were the other finalists.
While statistics certainly play a big role, there are other criteria that have to be met. On top of playing at least half of the season and being a full-time student, the other considerations for someone to be considered are the following:
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
After a solid freshman campaign, Caufield took his output to another level this year as he averaged just shy of a goal per game with 30 goals and 22 assists in just 31 games.