For just the second time in its 35-year history, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner has been awarded to a freshman.
Boston University’s outstanding 18-year-old Jack Eichel took home the NCAA’s prize for top player, beating out North Dakota junior goaltender Zane McIntyre and Harvard junior forward Jimmy Vesey.
Eichel was the first freshman Hobey candidate in 12 years and joins Paul Kariya — who won the award in 1993 — as the only two skaters in NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey history to win the Hobey Baker as freshman. Eichel led the Nation in scoring with 24 goals and 67 points in just 38 games and was the Hockey East scoring champion, rookie of the year, player of the year, first team Hockey East all-star and a member of the all-rookie team.
He has also led his Boston University Terriers to the NCAA Tournament Final.
The North Chelmsford, MA native was also named the most valuable player at the Hockey East playoff tournament and also captained the US entry at the 2015 World Junior Championship, collecting a goal and three assists in five games.
He is currently ranked second in Future Considerations’ ranking for the 2015 NHL Draft.