Prince Rupert Minor Hockey product Frank Slubowski has been nominated for the most prestigious award in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hockey, but needs the support of the community to win.
Slubowski, who is in his second year as the starting goaltender for the University of Western Michigan Broncos, has been nominated for the Hobey Baker Award – presented annually to the top player in the NCAA. To qualify as a nominee, the player must exhibit strength of character on and off the ice; contribute to the integrity of the team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game; achieve scholastic success and display sportsmanship, and be a full time student who completes 50 per cent or more of the season.
Fan voting for the award is now underway to narrow the candidates down to the top 10, with votes being accepted until March 10. From there a selection committee made up of NHL scouts, college coaches and officials and media will then pick the winner.
So far this year Slubowski has appeared in 12 games and is sporting a record of 8-3-1 with two shutouts, a 2.15 goals-against average and a 0.91 save percentage. Based partly on his performance between the pipes, the Broncos are sitting third in the Central Collegiate Hockey Association behind Miami, who have two games in hand, and Notre Dame. In his rookie season, Slubowski was named CCHA playoff MVP, was chosen as an All American and was named the team MVP and Rookie of the Year as he helped lead the Broncos to the CCHA championship.
To vote for Slubowski, visit www.hobeybakeraward.com and click on Vote for Hobey. People can vote more than once for Slubowski to be in the top 10.