tUMD’s own Jack Connolly is a Hobey candidate, and there’s no reason that he’s unworthy and that he doesn’t belong in the discussion.
Jack’s blurb on the Hobey Baker site (where you can go and VOTE FOR HIM, just register and you can vote once a day) says the following:
Jack Connolly – University of Minnesota-Duluth, Junior, Forward, Duluth, Minnesota
The play-making key on college hockey’s highest scoring line, Connolly is presently tied for third in the nation in scoring with 54 points and is second in assists with 39. He has been named a WCHA First Team all-star two straight years and has more points in the past two seasons, than any other WCHA player.
• Has scored 15 goals and 39 assists in 37 games – led team in scoring past 2 years
• Finished second in WCHA conference scoring race – played 120 straight games
• Communications major and twice on Dean’s list – active community volunteer
Jack plays in all phases of the game: power play, penalty kill, four on four, and he’s an integral part of the best line in the nation, hands down.
He’s fifth in the nation in points per game (and the first player in the WCHA on that list), second in assists per game, led the WCHA in power play points (along with Justin Schultz, another Hobey finalist), and he does all this while getting the daylights beat out of him by teams who are simply unable to defend against him legally. For reals, it is a miracle he hasn’t had a serious injury after the repeated, unpunished head shots he takes. He’s an iron man who hasn’t missed a game in his Bulldog career.
Some might argue he doesn’t have enough goals (he has 16), but those idiots haven’t seen what a Jack Connolly assist looks like. This kid makes the sickest passes you’ll ever see. He stick-handles like there’s a magnet attraction between the puck and his stick. And a lot of his assists would be goals if he were a more selfish player. Jack’s so unselfish he’s currently sporting bleach blonde hair with a dark beard, all for the sake of team unity.
You’re not going to find Jack Connolly’s name on a police blotter. He’s not going to get arrested for a DUI; you’re more likely to find him as a designated driver. He’s on the All-WCHA Academic team and the Dean’s List, and he’s a captain and a leader in the locker room. He was voted Fan Favorite last year. He sets an example for his teammates and for the children in the community who play on the same rinks he grew up skating on.
Jack Connolly for Hobey.