Jackson Blake, who played high school hockey for Eden Prairie from 2019-2021, is one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. LET’S PLAY HOCKEY PHOTO BY JASON SORIA

Former Eden Prairie star amongst finalists for college hockey’s top award

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee is pleased to announce the three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists for the 2024 award, honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Jackson Blake, a sophomore forward from the University of North Dakota; Macklin Celebrini, a freshman forward from Boston University; andCutter Gauthier, a sophomore forward from Boston College.  This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 12, 2024 live on NHL Network beginning at 6:00pm ET.

The three finalists for this year’s Hobey Baker Award were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 30-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game; strength of character on and off the ice; sportsmanship; and scholastic achievements.

Five of the top ten Hobey Baker finalists will be playing in the NCAA Frozen Four national championship this year, with three of the four schools represented with a Hobey top ten finalist in the tournament.

The three Hat Trick Finalists are, in alphabetical order:

Jackson Blake – University of North Dakota – Sophomore, Forward, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

A standout sophomore at UND, Jackson Blake recorded 60 points which marks UND’s highest single season scoring output since Brock Boeser’s 60 points in the 2015-16 season. Blake’s scoring consistency included eight games with at least three points, contributing to a streak where he scored in 17 of the last 18 regular-season games. Blake joined Zach Parise as the second sophomore in the last 30 years to reach 100 career points at UND, he also shattered the NCHC single-season scoring record with 37 points in conference play. Remarkably, he led the team in points as a freshman, the first time this had been achieved at UND since 1980.

  • Finished season with 22 goals, and 38 assists for 60 points in 40 games

  • Drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 4th round (109 overall) of the 2021 NHL Draft

  • Named to NCHC First Team and was named NCHC Player of the Year and Forward of the Year

  • Ranks fourth in the NCAA in points (60)



Macklin Celebrini – Boston University – Freshman, Forward, Vancouver, British Columbia

At just 17, Macklin Celebrini stands out as one of the country’s top centers, showcasing a comprehensive, 200-foot game that balances elite playmaking with diligent defensive responsibility. His blend of superior talent, hockey sense, competitive drive, and work ethic underscores his commitment to improvement, both on the ice and off it. Through 37 games, Celebrini has helped lead the Terriers to this year’s Frozen Four, and so far has recorded 64 points, including 12 power play goals and 4 game winning goals, ranking second nationally in goals and tied for second nationally in points.  His play helped Celebrini lead the Terriers to the 2024 NCAA Frozen Four

  • Currently has 32 goals and 32 assists for 64 points in 37 games

  • A top prospect eligible for the 2024 NHL Entry Draft ranked #1 on NHL Central Scouting’s midterm rankings of top North American skaters

  • Named Hockey East Rookie of the Year and Player of the Year, and also named to Hockey East First Team, All Rookie Team, is the Hockey East Scoring Champion

  • Named Most Outstanding Player of the Sioux Falls Regional and named to the All-Tournament team


Cutter Gauthier – Boston College – Sophomore, Forward, Scottsdale, Arizona

Cutter Gauthier is at the forefront nationally, boasting 37 goals and  64 points (tied for second in the nation), showcasing his knack for clutch moments with ten game-winners and proficiency on the power play with 13 goals. Throughout the season, he’s been a consistent force, hitting the score sheet in 34 out of 39 games and achieving multiple points in 18 games. His offensive abilities have helped Gauthier lead the Eagles to the 2024 NCAA Frozen Four.

  • Currently has 37 goals and 27 assists for 64 points in 39 games

  • Was selected in the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft (fifth overall) by the Philadelphia Flyers, with his rights traded to the Anaheim Ducks in 2024

  • Named to Hockey East First Team and was the runner-up for Player of the Year

  • Is the NCAA goal-scoring leader, and the NCAA leader in game winning goals

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The Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced on Friday, April 12 during a live broadcast on NHL Network and streamed at hobeybaker.com beginning at 6pm ET. Additional national awards will also be announced during the show.

College Hockey National Awards Announcements:

NHL Network and streamed at https://www.twitch.tv/hobeybakeraward

Friday, April 12 at 6:00pm ET (5:00 pm CT)

Hobey Baker Memorial Award – honoring college hockey’s top player

Mike Richter Award – honoring college hockey’s top goaltender

Hockey Humanitarian Award – honoring college hockey’s top citizen athlete

ACHA All American Teams – East and West, First and Second teams

Derek Hines Award – honoring the nation’s unsung hero

Tim Taylor Award – honoring the nation’s rookie of the year

Former Winners (Adam Fantilli of Michigan won in 2023)

2022Dryden McKayGSr.Minnesota State
2021Cole CaufieldFSo.Wisconsin
2020Scott PerunovichDJr.Minnesota Duluth
2019Cale MakarDSo.UMass
2018Adam GaudetteFJr.Northeastern
2017Will Butcher*DSr.Denver
2016Jimmy VeseyFSr.Harvard
2015Jack EichelFFr.Boston U.
2014Johnny GaudreauFJr.Boston College
2013Drew LeBlancFSr.St. Cloud State
2012Jack ConnollyFSr.Minnesota-Duluth
2011Andy MieleFSr.Miami
2010Blake GeoffrionFSr.Wisconsin
2009Matt Gilroy*DSr.Boston U.
2008Kevin PorterFSr.Michigan
2007Ryan DuncanFSo.North Dakota
2006Matt CarleDJr.Denver
2005Marty SertichFJr.Colorado College
2004Junior LessardFSr.Minnesota-Duluth
2003Peter SejnaFJr.Colorado College
2002Jordan Leopold*DSr.Minnesota
2001Ryan MillerGSo.Michigan State
2000Mike MottauDSr.Boston College
1999Jason KrogFSr.New Hampshire
1998Chris DruryFSr.Boston U.
1997Brendan MorrisonFSr.Michigan
1996Brian BoninFSr.Minnesota
1995Brian HolzingerFSr.Bowling Green
1994Chris MarinucciFSr.Minnesota-Duluth
1993Paul Kariya*FFr.Maine
1992Scott PellerinFSr.Maine
1991David EmmaFSr.Boston College
1990Kip MillerFSr.Michigan State
1989Lane MacDonald*FSr.Harvard
1988Robb StauberGSo.Minnesota
1987Tony HrkacFJr.North Dakota
1986Scott FuscoFSr.Harvard
1985Bill WatsonFJr.Minnesota-Duluth
1984Tom KurversDSr.Minnesota-Duluth
1983Mark FuscoDSr.Harvard
1982George McPheeFSr.Bowling Green
1981Neal BrotenFJr.Minnesota

*won National Championship that year

Schools with most winners:

Minnesota Duluth6
Boston College3
Boston University3
Bowling Green, Maine, Denver, Michigan, Michigan St., North Dakota, Colorado College, Wisconsin2

Info from www.hobeybaker.com