MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Senior Bobby Butler (Marlboro, Mass.), forward for the 11th-ranked University of New Hampshire men’s ice hockey team, became the second player in school history to be named a Hobey Baker “Hat Trick” finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as announced by the committee Wednesday afternoon. Darren Haydar was part of the first-ever Hobey “Hat Trick” in 2002, while Jason Krog remains UNH’s only Hobey Baker Award winner after he won the 1999 award and was named from a field of 10 finalists. Maine’s Gustav Nyquist and Wisconsin’s Blake Geoffrion filled out up the rest of the “Hat Trick”. Read more about Butler and his Hobey Baker campaign at ButlerforHobey.com.

Butler, UNH”s first Hobey Baker Top 10 finalist since Kevin Regan in 2008, has already collected his fair share of hardware as he was the 2010 Hockey East Player of the Year, 2010 Walter Brown Award winner, Hockey East All Star First Team, Hockey East Scoring Champion and Hockey East Three Stars Award winner. Butler enjoyed not only his best season as a Wildcat, but also arguably the greatest season by any Wildcat forward in recent history. Butler ranks first in the nation in goals with 29 and is tied for second nationally in points with 53. Butler finished second in goals per game at 0.74, fifth in points per game (1.36 ppg), 10th in short-handed goals (2) and 19th in game winners (4).

The co-captain, as voted by his teammates, has been even better among Hockey East’s elite, ranking first overall in goals, third in points, seventh in power play goals, second in short-handed goals and third in game-winning tallies. In conference play, Butler finished first in points (41) and goals (21), and sixth in assists (20). He becomes the first player in Hockey East to register 20 goals and 20 assists in league play since Krog. Butler was one of just six male position players selected to represent the East Squad at the 2010 NCAA Frozen Four Skills Challenge. Perhaps Butler’s most prized accolade is being named a Hockey Humanitarian Nominee. Butler was among a group of 18 players in all of college hockey in the running for the award that honors college hockey’s finest citizen, someone who gives back to his or her community. Butler was nominated for his work with a local middle school as well as several other meaningful projects in and around the Durham community. Butler also did not just skate by in the classroom. He will graduate in May with a degree in Health Management and Policy with a 3.12 grade point average. He is a two-time Hockey East All-Academic Team member.

Butler’s stellar season is a fitting cap to his sparkling career. Butler became just the 67th player in program history to register 100 career points, doing so in extremely balanced fashion with 61 goals and 60 assists for 121 points. Butler’s 121 points is tied with Chris Winnes for 49th on the all-time scoring list at New Hampshire. Butler recently inked a two-year free-agent contract with the Ottawa Senators.

The 2010 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from the field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists Friday, April 9, 2010 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Detroit, Mich.  The 30th annual award announcement honoring college hockey’s top player will be televised live during prime time on ESPNU at 7:00 p.m. ET.  For more info on the Hobey Baker Award or to access the Hobey logo, please visit hobeybaker.com.

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