For most of its historyWisconsin
has been on of the crowning programs in college hockey. Six national
titles, a slew of final four appearances and an armada of players in
the professional ranks are all trappings of the program’s lofty history.
But there is one jewel still missing from their crown.
No Badger has ever claimed his sport’s highest
individual honor, the Hobey Baker memorial award. Since its creation in
1981, the award had gone to four Minnesota Gophers, four Duluth
Bulldogs three members of the Harvard Crimson, but never aWisconsin player.
Only two Badgers have even made it to the final
three in voting, known as the Hobey Hat Trick, those being goaltender
Brian Elliott, who came in third in 2006, and forward Steve Reinprecht,
who was the 2000 runner-up.
Well, now make it three UW players to survive to the final round of voting.
Senior forward Blake Geoffrion joined Elliott and
Reinprecht as he was named a Hobey Baker finalist Wednesday afternoon.
He is joined byNew Hampshire’s Bobby Butler andMaine’s Gustav Nyquist as finalists.