February 25, 2003
Go-To Guys: The Hobey Baker Award

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With the regular season winding down, the spotlight shines on the nation's top players. A few have stood out to this point in the race for the Hobey, but as we've seen in the past, a lot can change over the final few weeks (see Reinprecht, Steve). There is no shortage of candidates in this year's field, and we evaluate where they stand in this week's edition of Go-To Guys.

Want to make a case for somebody we left out? Let us know and we'll share your thoughts.

Inside College Hockey editors and staff, in consultation with coaches and media from around the country, compiled this list of how we would vote today – not necessarily how we think the race will turn out. And stay tuned, because a lot can change each weekend.

1. Peter Sejna
Colorado College
The streak is gone, but the magic isn't. Chance to showcase his talents in a big series with Minnesota State, Mankato this weekend.
32 GP, 30-34—64
2. Chris Kunitz
Ferris State
He'll probably end up bringing the CCHA title to Big Rapids. Let's just say Neil Armstrong had better odds.
32 GP, 26-32—58
3. Dave LeNeveu
He was drafted by Gretzky and has tied a record held by Dryden. Yeah, we want to hang out with this guy, too.
20-2-1, 1.21, .938
4. Ben Eaves
Boston College
Hockey East's leading scorer has his team poised to capture the regular-season title.
29 GP, 17-32—49
5. Lanny Gare
New Hampshire
Great head-to-head matchup with Eaves and BC this weekend.
32 GP, 21-25—46
Next in line Zach Parise (North Dakota), Martin Kariya (Maine), Paul Martin (Minnesota), Chris Higgins (Yale)
Making a late run (like their teams) Grant Stevenson (Minnesota State, Mankato), Jon DiSalvatore (Providence), John-Michael Liles (Michigan State)
Playing second fiddle (but sounding good) Tom Preissing (Colorado College), Doug Murray (Cornell), Brandon Bochenski (North Dakota), Michael Ayers (New Hampshire), Shane Joseph (Minnesota State, Mankato)

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It is sad when you can't argue with someone's choices. I approve of your ratings in the race.
– Franklin Blodgett

John-Michael Liles was by far the best player on the ice during the MSU/UM
weekend. By definition of the award, John should be considered. He is way
more important and impactful to his team than say Parise. No knocks, just
– Jack Johnson

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