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Friday, March 21, 2008

Lerg, Porter up for Hobey Baker

Compiled by MiCHO Staff

Michigan senior captain Kevin Porter and Michigan State junior goaltender Jeff Lerg are among the top 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

The 10 finalists were selected by voting from all 59 Division I head coaches and by online fan balloting at The 25-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting (at from March 20-30) will determine this year’s winner.

Criteria for the award include strength of character on and off the ice, outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements. This year’s finalists include five seniors, four juniors and one sophomore. Seven forwards and three goaltenders are among the group.

The Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists will be announced on April 2 and the winner will be announced Friday, April 11 from Pepsi Center in Denver during the Frozen Four. The announcement will be aired live on ESPNU at 5:30 p.m. MT.

Jeff Lerg — Michigan State, junior goalie (Livonia)
With an NCAA national title and All-Tourney accolades already under his belt, Lerg has been the nation’s busiest goaltender this season as the Spartans prepare for another title run. Leading the CCHA in wins, save percentage and shutouts, Lerg was named to the league’s First Team and was a finalist for Player of the Year honors. The finance major was also named the CCHA Scholar Athlete of the Year with an overall grade-point average of 3.75.

Lerg has also been named one of five finalists for the prestigious James E. Sullivan Award and has been invited to the Sullivan Award Ceremony in New York on April 1 at the New York Athletic Club.

Kevin Porter — Michigan, senior forward (Northville)
Consistency defines the nation’s leading scorer as the Wolverine captain has produced points in all but six of the 38 games he’s played. Porter helped guide his team to the CCHA regular-season title and was named the CCHA Player of the Year. He was also named to the CCHA First Team.

Oxford native and Boston College junior forward Nate Gerbe is also a finalist.

This 5-foot-5 dynamo packs a powerful punch, entering the Hockey East championships as the nation’s second-leading scorer with 52 points. His 27 goals are tied for third in the country after bagging three in last weekend’s playoffs. Gerbe was named First-Team Hockey East and has helped the Eagles to the past two Frozen Fours.

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