This morning, the Hobey Baker Hat Trick was announced, and University of Denver standout Henrik Borgström was among the nominees. The recently signed Florida Panthers prospect is joined by Harvard’s Ryan Donato and Northeastern’s Adam Gaudette as the three finalists.
The three finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 6, 2018 from the legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minn., during the NCAA Frozen Four.
It’s been a big week for Borgström, who just signed his entry-level contract with the Panthers and is expected to make his NHL debut very soon - possibly as early as tonight in Ottawa.
Henrik Borgstrom got a pretty spartan dressing room “stall” on his first day as a NHL player. Not that he minds: “This is awesome.” pic.twitter.com/VDih3tHUQ7— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) March 28, 2018
Selected 23rd overall in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Borgström spent two tremendous years with the Denver Pioneers. The big winger was honored by the NCHC as their Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and First Team all-conference, while leading the conference in scoring as a sophomore. Providing Denver with 11-game and eight-game point streaks, Borgström finished tied for fourth in the nation in scoring and tied for ninth in goals.
The Pioneers were eliminated from post-season play this past weekend, and it didn’t take the Florida Panthers long to sign the young Finn. As he told Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, its been a wild ride.
“It’s like a roller-coaster,” said Borgstrom. “First on Sunday night you were crying with 30 of your teammates. Everybody’s just down. Then the next day you notice that you’ve got to be going again and there might be a new possibility for you. It was weird, but I’m just trying to cherish the opportunity.”
Borgström finished his NCAA career with 45 goals and 95 points in only 77 games played. He is one of the most talented players the University of Denver has seen in a long time, and was a big part of the 2017 Pioneers team that won the National Championship.