March 17, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Miami University senior forwards Carter Camper and Andy Miele were two of just 10 players named a finalist for the prestigious Hobey Baker Award, giving annually to college hockey’s top player, The Hobey Baker Award announced Thursday. The RedHawks are the only team to place two players in this year’s group of finalists.

With Camper and Miele both being tabbed finalists, Miami has now had a finalist for the Hobey Baker in each of the last six seasons, dating back to 2005-06. Camper was also named a finalist as a sophomore in 2009 while junior goalie Cody Reichard was a finalist as a sophomore last year. Miele becomes the 10th different RedHawk to be a Hobey Baker Award finalist.

Senior Andy Miele is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

Miele, who was also named CCHA Player of the Year Thursday and First-Team All-CCHA, ranks first nationally with 65 points, 44 assists and a 1.81 ppg average and is tied for 14th in the country with 21 goals. He has 10 more points than anyone in the nation. Miele ranks third on Miami’s single-season assists list and has the most helpers since 1978-79 while ranking sixth in single-season points at Miami with the most since 1989-90. The 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, a native of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., 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 has 20 multi-point games on the year and a point in 31 of 36 games while currently riding a career-long 15-game point streak.

Senior Carter Camper was named a Hobey Baker finalist for the second time in his career.

Camper has been one of the top players in the CCHA and the country all year, as Camper ranks fifth nationally with 52 points while his 35 assists are third in the NCAA. He is also fourth in the nation with a 1.44 points per game average. The Rocky River, Ohio, native finished second to Miele in the CCHA scoring race with 39 points in league play while his 28 assists in CCHA action were also second. Camper has 17 goals on the year, including three game-winners, and a +9 rating. Miami’s co-captain has totaled 15 multi-point games on the season and has at least a point in 29 of 36 games.

Camper, who won CCHA Scholar-Athlete of the Year Thursday as well, was named CCHA and HCA National Player of the Month for October after leading the nation with nine goals, 13 assists and 22 points in just eight games. A 2009 Second-Team West All-American, he is one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award this year and earned CCHA Offensive Player of the Week Oct. 18. Camper is tied for the nation’s active career scoring lead, recording at least 40 points all four seasons, and ranks third in Miami history with 178 career points while ranking second in career assists among RedHawks (111).

The 10 finalists were selected by a vote from all 58 Division I head coaches and by online fan balloting. The finalists will be narrowed down to three when the Hobey Hat Trick is announced March 31 while the winner will be revealed April 8 in St. Paul, Minn. at the Frozen Four. The criterion for the Hobey Baker includes strength of character on and off the ice, displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

Hobey Baker Finalists
Cam Atkinson, Boston College
Carter Camper, Miami
Jack Connolly, Minnesota-Duluth
Matt Frattin, North Dakota
Andy Miele, Miami
Gustav Nyquist, Maine
Chase Polacek, Rensselaer
Justin Schultz, Wisconsin
Paul Thompson, New Hampshire
Paul Zanette, Niagara