This year’s Hobey Baker presentation will have a distinctly New England component, as defensemen Adam Fox of Harvard and Cale Makar of UMass join St. Cloud defenseman Jimmy Schuldt as the three finalists.
Announced Thursday, one will be announced as Division 1’s top player on April 12, during the Frozen Four in Buffalo, N.Y.
Fox earned ECAC and Ivy League player of the year honors after completing his junior season with nine goals and 39 assists in 33 games. From Jericho, New York, Fox’s 48 points are currently tied for third in the nation with Makar (16-32—48), who is second in the nation is goals by a defenseman.
His UMass team is set to face Denver next week in the school’s first Frozen Four appearance. From Calgary, Alberta, he’s completing a sophomore season in which he earned Hockey East player of the year honors and became the first defenseman in 20 years to lead the conference in scoring.
Makar was selected by Colorado with the fourth pick in the 2017 draft and is widely presumed to be going pro at the end of this season. Fox’s NHL rights are held by Carolina, though there have been questions as to whether he’ll sign with the Hurricanes.
Schuldt was a top 10 Hobey Baker finalist last year and was the NCHC’s player of the year following his senior season. From Minnetonka, Minn., Schuldt scored 10 goals and added 25 assists in leading conference defensemen with 35 points in 39 games.
An undrafted free agent, Schuldt signed a one-year entry level contract with Vegas on Wednesday.
This will be the 39th Hobey Baker awarded, with New England schools winning 13. Braintree’s Adam Gaudette became the first Northeastern player to claim the honor last season, with Harvard’s four wins — last by Jimmy Vesey in 2016 — tied for second-most.