ST. PAUL, Minn. - Senior captain Darren Haydar (Milton, Ont.) of the University of New Hampshire men's hockey team was named one of three finalists Monday for the Hobey Baker Award given to the outstanding player in college hockey. Senior defenseman Jordan Leopold of the University of Minnesota and Mark Hartigan, a junior forward from St. Cloud State University, are the other two finalists. The announcement of the 2002 recipient will be made on the Frozen Four off day, Friday, April 5 at 1:30 p.m. C.S.T. in the Touchstone Energy Place Grand Ballroom.
Haydar, who recorded two assists in UNH's 4-3 victory in the NCAA East Regional second round game against Cornell University, currently leads the nation in points (76) and points per game (1.95). He is second in both assists (45) and assists per game (1.15) and ranks fourth in goals (31) and fifth in goals per game (0.79). Haydar is also among the national leaders - at No. 8 - in power play goals (11).
His list of 2001-02 awards includes Hockey East Player of the Year, Hockey East All-Conference First Team, Hockey East All-Tournament MVP, Hockey East All-Tournament Team, Hockey East Player of the Month (twice) and Hockey East Player of the Week (five times).
Some of Haydar's highlights from this season include winning the regular season scoring title in Hockey East play with 15-27-42 and recording a 17-game point-scoring streak (Nov. 17 to Jan. 27) in which he amassed 19-23-42. With his 76 points, Haydar became just the fifth skater in UNH history to record 70 (or more) points in a season.
Haydar, who broke the school's record for most consecutive games played with his 157th game in the NCAA East Regional, is currently third on UNH's all-time point scoring list with 219 points. He ranks second on New Hampshire's all-time goal scoring list with 102 and his 117 assists place him third on the all-time list.
UNH, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation with a 30-6-3 record and a 10-game winning streak, will play third-ranked University of Maine in an April 4 (1:30 p.m.) Frozen Four semifinal game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. The national championship game is April 6 (8 p.m.).