Forward Ryan Potulny of Minnesota and defenseman Matt Carle of Denver were among 10 finalists named Thursday for the 2006 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the top honor in college hockey. Potulny leads the nation with 34 goals this season, but Carle edged him out Thursday for WCHA player of the year honors. Carle leads the nation in assists with 42.

The other Hobey Baker finalists are: Chris Collins of Boston College, Brian Elliott of Wisconsin, Andy Greene of Miami (Ohio), Greg Moore of Maine, Scott Parse of Nebraska-Omaha, 2005 winner Marty Sertich of Colorado College, Brett Sterling of Colorado College, and T.J. Trevelyan of St. Lawrence. The finalists were selected by a vote of the 59 NCAA Division I head coaches, along with online fan balloting. The winner will be decided by a selection committee made up of coaches, scouts, media and a representative from USA Hockey, as well as fan voting. The top three finalists will be named March 29, and the winner will be announced April 7 in Milwaukee, the day before the championship game of the NCAA Frozen Four.


Thu 03/23/06, 4:41 am EST



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