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Zach Parise: Hobey Baker finalist!

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St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Finalists for the 2004 Hobey Baker Award were

narrowed to three by the Hobey Baker Award Selection Committee. The award is

presented annually to college hockey's most outstanding player.

Goaltender Yann Danis of Brown University, forward Junior Lessard of the

University of Minnesota Duluth and forward Zach Parise of the University of

North Dakota were chosen as the Hat Trick Finalists, as voted by the committee

and fan balloting.

Danis became only the second player in ECAC history to be honored as Player of

the Year and earn the Ken Dryden Award as the league's top goaltender in the

same eason. Danis notched 43 career wins at Brown, tying the school record

set by Kevin McCabe in 1977, and also posted 13 shutouts.

Lessard leads the nation in both points (61) and goals (30) and has helped

Minnesota Duluth advance to the Frozen Four for the first time in 11 years.

Lessard becomes the seventh Bulldog to be named a Hobey Baker finalist.

Parise is the only returning finalist in this year's group of outstanding

players. He ranks third in the NCAA in total points with 55. Parise also took

time off this season to compete with Team USA in the 2004 IIHF World Junior

Hockey Championships, where he was named MVP after leading the tournament in

scoring.

The winner will be announced on April 9.

Colorado College forward Peter Sejna captured the 2003 Hobey Baker Award.

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They'll probably give it to Parise. Judging from his season, why not?

Personally, I would have liked to seen Thomas Pock still nominated :) .

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Does that make Parise one of the Children of a Lessard God? :rofl:

:lol::rofl:

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Personally i felt that Pock should have made it and probably won it. When it comes tio importance for his team, Pock just made that Umass team he had an amazing year.

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Personally i felt that Pock should have made it and probably won it.  When it comes tio importance for his team, Pock just made that Umass team he had an amazing year.

Really Sarge? Wow. That's some high praise for Pock. I really like what I see from him. He's been paired with Karel Rachunek and believe me, Rachunek has been responsible for quite a few goals against lately. And yeah, I couldn't blame Pock for most because from what I see, he plays his position soundly in both ends.

This guy looks like a real find.

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I can't decide whether I want Yann (or Zach) to win.

I guess I don't believe in curses, so go Yann!

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Personally i felt that Pock should have made it and probably won it. When it comes tio importance for his team, Pock just made that Umass team he had an amazing year.

As seen by the meltdown at the end of the year, Danis was basically the only thing holding the Brown team together.

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