Harvard’s Adam Fox, UMass’s Cale Makar named Hobey Baker finalists

Makar and Fox are two of six defensemen to be included in the final 10.

Harvard University defenseman Adam Fox carries the puck up the ice against Union College.

The field of candidates for the Hobey Baker Award has been narrowed down to 10 finalists, with a pair of defensemen that are starring locally among the contenders for college hockey’s top individual prize.

The award will be announced on Friday, April 12 from Buffalo during the NCAA Frozen Four. The field will be narrowed down to three on April 4.

Harvard’s Adam Fox is in the mix. The junior from Jericho, N.Y. leads all skaters in assists (37) and points per game (1.48) this season. The 5-foot-11-inch righty was recently named Ivy League Player of the Year and is a finalist for ECAC Player of the Year.

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Cale Makar, a sophomore at UMass, is also among the finalists. The 20-year-old from Calgary became the first defenseman to lead Hockey East in scoring since 1999 while helping UMass to its first regular season conference title. He is second only to Fox in points per game (1.28) among blue liners.

Makar and Fox are two of six defensemen to be included in the final 10, a Hobey Baker Award record.

The remaining eight finalists are Joe Duszak (Mercyhurst), Taro Hirose (Michigan State), Quinn Hughes (Michigan), Mason Jobst (Ohio State), Patrick Newell (St. Cloud State), Chase Priskie (Quinnipiac), Jimmy Schuldt (St. Cloud State), and Nico Sturm (Clarkson).