Duncan wins Hobey Baker
ST. LOUIS -- North Dakota sophomore Ryan Duncan won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award last night as the nation's top college hockey player.
The 5-foot-8-inch forward from Calgary, Alberta, had 31 goals and 26 assists to lead his team to its third consecutive Frozen Four. The Fighting Sioux lost to Boston College in the semifinals Thursday.
"This award means a lot to me. It's amazing," he said.
Meanwhile, BC captain Brian Boyle, now playing defense, was named an East All-American as a forward, as was fellow senior Michel Leveille of Maine.
Duncan, a West All-American, played on arguably the best line in college hockey and was one of three Fighting Sioux players to average at least a point per game, joining fellow All-American Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie. Duncan, who finished with the third-most power-play goals in the nation with 17, joined Tony Hrkac as the only two players from the school to win the award. Hrkac received the award in 1987.
Duncan was a finalist along with Notre Dame goalie David Brown (1.58 goals against average) and Air Force forward Eric Ehn (64 points).
The accident happened about 5:30 a.m. Thursday on Interstate 70 near Springfield, Ohio -- about three hours from Debra Smith's home in Medina, Ohio.
Smith, 57, was lying down, sleeping in the back seat of the SUV her husband was driving when the vehicle slid on an icy overpass and into the path of a tractor-trailer, Ohio State Highway Patrol Sergeant Terry Bush said. Smith was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Dayton, Ohio, where she died.
Whitehead did not tell his players before their game against Michigan State, which Maine lost, 4-2.
Whitehead revealed the tragedy after the game. He did not discuss the accident with the media.
Timothy Smith and the couple's son, Brad Smith, 34, were taken to a hospital, but their injuries did not appear serious, Bush said.
The accident remained under investigation. Bush declined to speculate if Timothy Smith would be charged, but said charges are possible.
Michael Vega of the Globe staff contributed to this report.