Bliss, Jurusik MTU candidates for Hobwey Baker Award

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HOUGHTON, Mi. Trenton Bliss and Matt Jurusik from the Michigan Tech hockey are candidates for the 2020 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to college hockey's top player. Initial fan voting is now open on the Hobey Baker website.

Bliss is a sophomore from Appleton, Wisconsin. He has 17 points this season on nine goals and eight assists. The forward is tied for fourth in the nation with four game-winning goals and eighth with six power-play goals. He also has a plus-4 rating, blocked 14 shots, and won .531 percent of his faceoffs. The Huskies are 6-2-0 when he scores a goal. Bliss was named the WCHA Player of the Week on November 18 after a sweep of Lake Superior State and to the GLI All-Tournament Team after a goal and two assists in the two games.

Jurusik is a senior goaltender from La Grange, Illinois. He has started 22 games this season and leads the Huskies with a .919 save percentage and 2.13 goals-against average. He ranks third in the WCHA in goals-against average and fifth in save percentage. Jurusik's 12 wins are tied for 14th in the nation. He has stopped 30 shots four times this season with a season-high 35 saves in the GLI Championship game against Michigan. He was named to the GLI All-Tournament Team. He was also named the WCHA Goaltender of the Month for December and the WCHA Player of the Week on October 7 after a season-opening sweep at Robert Morris.

Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award's namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

Fan voting for the Hobey Baker Award will run through March 9. Phase two of fan voting will begin March 18 after the announcement of the top-10 nominees. The Hobey Hat Trick finalists will be revealed on April 2 with the winner being announced April 10 at the Frozen Four in Detroit, Michigan. The award ceremony will be broadcast nationally on NHL Network and streamed live at hobeybaker.com.