Boston University’s Jack Eichel and Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey were among 10 finalists announced Thursday for the Hobey Baker Award, given to college hockey’s best player.
Eichel, a forward, is the first freshman to be considered for the award in 12 years. He led the nation in scoring with 61 points in 34 games and Thursday was named Hockey East Player of the Year.
Eichel, projected as a top-three pick in the NHL Draft, was captain of this year’s US World Juniors team.
Vesey, a forward, is Harvard’s first Hobey Baker candidate in 10 years. He is a finalist for the Walter Brown Award, given to New England’s best player, for the third year in a row.
Vesey led the nation in goals with 27 and was third in points with 53 in 34 games. He was taken in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft by the Nashville Predators, the 66th overall pick.
Daniel Ciampini (Union), Matt Garbowsky (RIT), Zach Hyman (Michigan), Tanner Kero (Michigan Tech), Joey LaLeggia (Denver), Zane McIntyre (North Dakota), Mike Reilly (Minnesota), and Cody Wydo (Robert Morris) round out the top 10 list.
The field will be reduced to three April 2, and the winner will be announced April 10 during the NCAA Frozen Four in Boston.