The nominees for the 2021 Hobey Baker Award were announced on Monday by the Hobey Baker Foundation. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have one nominee for the award this season in senior goalie Jack LaFontaine. The senior goalie has been one of the best in the nation this season and is a large reason why the Gophers are ranked the #2 team in the nation and have a five point lead in the Big Ten standings.
LaFontaine leads the Big Ten and is near the lead in the nation in most statistical categories. He leads all NCAA goalies with 13 wins on the season, is second in the country in goals against average at 1.28, is third nationally in save percentage at .948 and is tied for third in the country with three shutouts on the season.
Fan voting for the Hobey Baker Award is Phase I begins today and continues through March 7th. The fan vote is a partial component in the final tally that will cut the field of 50+ nominees down to the ten finalists for the award.
If LaFontaine makes the cut to the top ten, he will be just the third Minnesota goalie to become a finalist for the award after two time nominee and 1988 winner Robb Stauber and Adam Wilcox in 2014. Three other Gophers besides Stauber have won the award—Neal Broten in 1981, Brian Bonin in 1996 and Jordan Leopold in 2002.
You can vote for Lafontaine HERE with a quick click.