Two of the St. Louis Blues’ 2018 NHL Draft choices have been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award which is awarded to the Top Player of NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey. Forward, Hugh McGing of Western Michigan University has been nominated for the second time. Defenseman, Scott Perunovich of the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs is also on the ballot.
It’s known as “the most coveted award in collegiate hockey”.
In the last five years, It’s been won by Adam Gaudette (2018), Will Butcher (2017), Jimmy Vesey (2016), Jack Eichel (2015), and Johnny Gaudreau (2014).
Quotes and Information Courtesy of HobeyBaker.com
“Teamwork. Dedication. Integrity. Exceptional play. Humility. And, above all, character. These are the values that set the game of hockey, and those who play it, apart from any other. They are also the values that the Hobey Baker Award honors each year.”
- Exhibit strength and character both on and off the ice
- Contribute to the integrity of the team
- Display outstanding skills in all phases of the game
- Show scholastic achievement and sportsmanship
“Winners are chosen not for raw skill or stats or character alone, though those are important. They are selected for everything they do.”
“The Hobey Baker Award was named for hockey legend and World War I veteran Hobey Baker. Universally recognized as the best amateur player in the United States, Baker was the ultimate gentleman sportsman, always playing the game with courage, honor, and humility.”
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The Chicago, Illinois native is 5’8″ and 170 lbs. He was drafted 138th in the 5th round of the 2018 NHL Draft. He was 19 years old and had 2 seasons of NCAA hockey under his belt in which he scored 17 goals and registered 35 assists for 52 points in 75 games.
His second season (2017-18), he averaged 0.83 points per game. He progressed drastically from his 1st (2016-17) which he was still able to put up 0.56.
He was named Rob Hodge Co-Most Valuable Player (Shared with teammate Dawson DiPietro) for his 2017-18 season. McGing has been named NCHC All-Academic Team and is an NCHC Scholar-Athlete.
This 3rd season, Hugh has an increased averaged 1.05 points per game. He’s scored 11 goals and has registered 10 assists in 20 games played. He holds a (+9) rating. He’s now an alternate captain for the Broncos and displays great leadership and work ethic on and off the ice.
“McGing is having his best season yet as a Bronco. He is tied with Conrad for the second-most points on the team with 21. Five of his 11 goals have come on the power play, which is among the most in the country. The St. Louis Blues draft pick loves to fire the puck as his 58 shots on net leads the team.” – Corey Davis (WesternHerald.com)
The biomedical sciences major spent 2 seasons with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL before college hockey. In 2015-16, McGing scored 23 goals and registered 28 assists for 51 points in 60 games played.
Perunovich is a native of Hibbing, Minnesota. He was drafted 45th in the 2nd round of the 2018 NHL Draft. Scott stands 5’9″ and weighs in at 175 lbs. He’s a very solid, offensive-minded, left-handed defenseman.
Perunovich is 20 years old and was drafted having played one NCAA season in which he scored 11 goals and registered 25 assists for 36 points in 42 games played. He was scoring 0.85 points per game.
“He helped the Bulldogs to the National Championship and took home a bunch of personal hardware as well. He was on the Frozen Four All-Tournament Team; on the NCHC all-rookie team; NCHC first all-star team; and was named NCHC best offensive defenseman along with NCHC rookie of the year. He was also named an NCAA West First All-Star team, and the NCAA freshman of the year.” – Ben Kerr (LastWordOnHockey.com)
He went onto play for Team USA in the U-20 World Junior Championships tallying 1 goal and 2 assists for 3 points in 7 games. He has himself a bronze medal.
This season with Minnesota-Duluth, Scott has scored 2 goals and has 16 helpers for 18 points in 20 games. He holds a (+6) rating and has improved his points per game average up to 0.9.
The communication major also spent some time with Cedar Rapids. Before NCAA, Scott played the 2016-17 season with the RoughRiders. He then scored 6 goals and registered 15 assists for 21 points in 56 games played.