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Published March 30, 2011, 04:00 PM

UND's Frattin Among Three Hobey Baker Finalists

Winner to be announced April 8 at Frozen Four
North Dakota senior forward Matt Frattin has been named one of three ‘Hobey Hat Trick’ finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey.

Full statement from UND

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – North Dakota senior forward Matt Frattin has been named one of three ‘Hobey Hat Trick’ finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Award, given annually to the most outstanding player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey.

The three finalists were announced today by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation. The other two finalists are Boston College junior forward Cam Atkinson and Miami senior forward Andy Miele.

Frattin, the 2010-11 Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Player of the Year, leads the nation with 36 goals and ranks second nationally with 60 points. The Edmonton, Alberta, native was also named to the All-WCHA First Team after winning the WCHA scoring race with 40 points in 28 league games.

The first Fighting Sioux to score as many as 36 goals since 1990-91, Frattin enters the NCAA Frozen Four with five more goals than any other Division I player, and nine more than any other WCHA player. He has scored an NCAA-leading 22 goals in 22 games away from home, with 11 of those coming in the third period or overtime. Two weeks ago at the WCHA Final Five, he scored both game-winning goals in leading the Sioux to their second straight Broadmoor Trophy as WCHA playoff champions. In all, Frattin was in on nine of 14 game-deciding goals in February and March when UND went 13-0-1 and captured WCHA regular season and playoff championships.

Frattin brings a career-long 15-game point streak into the Frozen Four, having amassed 16 goals and 29 points during that stretch. He also put together two of the five longest goal-scoring streaks in UND history, scoring in nine straight games from Jan. 29 to March 26, and in eight straight games from Nov. 27 to Jan. 8.

Frattin’s 40 points during league play were the most by a Sioux since Jeff Panzer (49 points) and Bryan Lundbohm (40) in 2000-01, enabling him to become UND’s first WCHA scoring champion since Ryan Duncan in 2006-07. His 33 goals are the most by a Sioux since All-American Brandon Bochenski scored 35 in 2002-03, and he has scored 44 goals in his last 52 games.

A recreation and tourism studies major with a 3.0-plus grade point average, Frattin was named to his second All-WCHA Academic Team earlier this month. He was also named to UND’s Athletics Director’s Fall 2010 Honor Roll.

Frattin has been an active member of the Grand Forks community, volunteering his time to several organizations including Northlands Rescue Mission, Grand Forks Park District, Sioux Kids Club and the UND Foundation.

A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Frattin is UND’s first Hobey Baker finalist since goalie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux and forward T.J. Oshie in 2007-08. Frattin is bidding to become UND’s third Hobey Baker winner, joining Ryan Duncan (2006-07) and Tony Hrkac (1986-87).

The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 23-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 8, 2011 from the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minn., during the NCAA Frozen Four. The 31st annual announcement will be aired live on ESPNU at 6 p.m., CT.

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