LeBlanc wins 2013 Hobey Baker Award

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Executive Committee announced Friday that St. Cloud State forward Drew LeBlanc was named the 33nd winner of college hockey's most prestigious individual honor.

Named after a legendary Princeton hockey player who died in World War I, the award recognizes strength of character in players both on and off the ice.

The 23-year-old center, a fifth-year senior, leads the nation with 37 assists in 42 games, and ranks seventh in the country with 50 points.

Coming off a medical redshirt year due to a broken leg, LeBlanc was named a First Team all-conference in the WCHA this past season and attained a first in the 52-year history of the conference, being named both the Outstanding Student-Athlete of the Year and the WCHA Player of the Year.

St. Cloud State reached the Frozen Four, but dropped a 4-1 decision to Quinnipiac on Thursday.

LeBlanc beat out sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College and senior goaltender Eric Hartzell from Quinnipiac University for the honor.

Minnesota-Duluth forward Jack Connolly took home the award last season.