AMARILLO, TX – Another first for the Amarillo Bulls organization…
Several Amarillo Bulls Alumni have been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award. Forward Greg Gibson who is a senior at Robert Morris University along with Colin Delia goaltender with the Merrimack College and forward Hampus Gustafsson also from Merrimack College. The Hobey Baker Award, is the most coveted award in men’s collegiate hockey, given to the top NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Player in the Nation.
Gibson was nominated along with two of his teammates Zac Lynch and Brandon Denham. Winners are chosen not for raw skill or stats or character alone, though those are important. They are selected for everything they do. Gibson has recorded 18 goals & 15 assists so far this season, tied as the nation's fifth leading scorer with 33 points. Gibson is the number two scorer in Atlantic Hockey, trailing only his teammate Lynch.
Gibson is a Sport Management major and has maintained a 3.3 GPA during his career. Gibson was named to the conference all-academic team during each of his first three seasons.
"These three student athletes that are nominated have done an outstanding job on the ice this year," says head Coach Derek Schooley. "They all contribute in numerous ways on and off the ice to lead the Colonials."
Colin Delia has a 6-8-5 record with Merrimack College this season while posting a 2.69 Goals Against Average and a save percentage of .899. Hampus Gustafsson is a junior at Merrimack College and has notched six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 23 games.
Fans can cast their votes for the player of their choice (once per day) on the Hobey Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TheHobey/.
This first phase of fan balloting will run now through March 6, 2016. Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 17 after the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists is announced. The fans' vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.
Hobey Baker Memorial Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award's namesake, Hobey Baker. A legendary American hero, Baker was a World War I fighter pilot and was known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day, excelling at hockey and football at Princeton University. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.
The Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists will be announced on March 31. The 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from the field of three finalists on Friday, April 8, 2016 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Tampa, FL.