MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚“ The Hobey BakerFoundation has announced the 10 finalist for the 2005 Hobey Baker MemorialAward.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tuomas Tarkki from Northern Michigan University is a finalist for theaward.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The other finalist:ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Reid Cashman, Quinnipiac; Patrick Eaves, BostonCollege; Dov Grumet-Morris, Harvard; T.J. Hensick, Michigan; David McKee,Cornell; Colin Murphy, Michigan Tech; Marty Sertich, Colorado College; JordanSigalet, Bowling Green; and Brett Sterling, Colorado College.
Tarkki is the first ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cat since Scott Beattie in 1992 to be afinalist for the award.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œTuomas is most deserving of this award,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Walt Kyle,the head coach at NMU, said.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œHis work ethic and determination over the pastthree years has carried him to become the player of today.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The finalist are selected by vote of the nationÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s 58Division I head coaches, along with the Preliminary Voting results in Vote forHobey, the awardÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s on-line fan balloting.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Criteria for the award, which iscelebrating its 25th season of honoring college hockeyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s top player,include strength of character on and off the ice, along with scholasticachievements and sportsmanship.
The awardÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s winner will be determined from among thefinalist by the Hobey Baker Selection Committee, a group of coaches, scouts,media and a representative from USA Hockey.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Fans also contribute to the finaldecision through Vote for HobeyÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Final Voting phase (
Tarkki, the senior, goaltender from Rauma, Finland was honored recently as the 2005 CCHA Player of the Year and the leagueÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s Best GoaltenderAward.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He led the conference with an 1.81 goals-against average and a .936save percentage, as he led the ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚˜Cats to a team-best 38-point regular season.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œTuomas never quit and got most of what he has,ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Kyle added.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚œHe did not gounnoticed by his teammates.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The guys love to play in front of him.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ Tuomas isthe type of person and player we want to produce at NMU.ÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚
Tarkki was also named to the All-CCHA First Team by theconferenceÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™s coaches.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ He is ranked nationally in save percentage, wins,goals-against and winning percentage.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚
The top three finalists will be announced as the Hobey HatTrick on March 30.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The 2005 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced April 8in Columbus, Ohio, the day before the championship game at the NCAA FrozenFour.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚ The ceremony will take place at Nationwide Arena, home of the NHLÃƒƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚Ã‚€Ãƒ‚Ã‚™sColumbus Blue Jackets, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and is free and open to thepublic.ÃƒƒÃ‚‚Ãƒ‚Ã‚