March 30, 2011

SAINT PAUL, Minn. - Miami University senior Andy Miele was named one of three Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate hockey player, the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation announced Wednesday. Miele is joined by Boston College’s Cam Atkinson and North Dakota’s Matt Frattin as the other two finalists.

Miele is just the second RedHawk to be tabbed to the Hobey Baker Hat Trick, joining former Miami great and current Edmonton Oiler Ryan Jones, who earned the honor in 2008. The winner of the Hobey Baker Award will be announced on Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. ET at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn. as part of the NCAA’s Frozen Four weekend. The announcement will be carried live on ESPNU.

Miele has been the nation’s leading scorer for much of the year and continues to bring in the awards. The Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich, native was named CCHA Player of the Year, First-Team All-CCHA and CCHA Tournament MVP after leading the RedHawks to their first Mason Cup in school history earlier this month. He leads the nation with 71 points, 47 assists and a 1.82 points per game average while his 24 goals tie for 10th in the country. His 71 points are 11 more than anyone in the nation this year and the most since Colorado College’s Peter Sejna totaled 82 points in 2002-03. Miele ranks second on Miami’s single-season assists list and has the most helpers since 1978-79 while tying for second in single-season points at Miami, also the most since 1978-79.

Miele, an assistant captain, captured the CCHA scoring title in a landslide, recording 56 points in league play, the most by any player since 1991-92. His 40 assists in CCHA play were also first and more than anyone else had points (the first time in CCHA history that's happened), as well as the most since 1996-97. His 16 goals in the CCHA tied for second in the league.

Miele was twice named CCHA Player of the Month, earning it back-to-back in January and February, while also garnering Hockey Commissioners’ Association National Player of the Month for February after a 4-8-12 scoring line in just six games. Miele was named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week three times during the season, the only player in the conference to do so, and won Inside College Hockey National Player of the Week Oct. 25 after a nine-point weekend against Northern Michigan. He finished the year with 22 multi-point games and a point in 33 of 39 games, including a school-record-tying 17-game point streak from Jan. 8 to March 19.

For his career, Miele finished sixth on Miami’s points list with 159, seventh in career assists with 99 and is second in school history with 12 game-winning goals, including four this season.

In addition to his on-ice achievements, Miele has been involved in the community, interacting with under-privileged kids through the One Way Farm Children’s Home in Fairfield, Ohio as well as participating in a skate with the disabled, Habitat for Humanity and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. He is an American studies major with a coaching minor.

The three Hobey Hat Trick finalists were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates, which also included Miami senior Carter Camper, 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.