March 19, 2009
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Air Force sophomore center Jacques Lamoureux was named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, given each year to college hockey's top player. Lamoureux is the second Air Force player in school history, and the second in the last three years, to be named a finalist. Eric Ehn was a finalist, and also named to the Hobey Hat Trick as one of three finalists, in 2007.
Lamoureux leads the nation with 31 goals, 15 power-play goals and eight game-winning goals. He is currently second in the nation with 1.38 points per game (31-20-51) and 51 points. In league games, he led the Atlantic Hockey Association with 38 points, 23 goals, 12 power play goals and five game winners. The Grand Forks, N.D., native was named the Hockey Commissioner's Association National Player of the Month in October with 15 points (8-7-15). He also finished the season strong as he tied his season high with four points (2-2-4) in Air Force's 8-1 win over Sacred Heart in the AHA Quarterfinals to send the Falcons to the AHA Final Four.
Joining Lamoureux as finalists are (alphabetically): Louie Caporusso (Michigan sophomore forward); Matt Gilroy (Boston University senior defenseman); Chad Johnson (Alaska-Fairbanks senior goalie); Zane Kalemba (Princeton junior goalie); Jamie McBain (Wisconsin junior defenseman), David McIntyre (Colgate junior forward), Viktor Stalberg (Vermont junior forward); Brad Thiessen (Northeastern junior goalie); and Colin Wilson (Boston University sophomore forward).
Lamoureux is also the second service academy hockey player ever selected as a Hobey finalist, which was first awarded in 1981 to Minnesota's Neal Broten. He joins former Air Force All-American Ehn in that category. Lamoureux is also just the sixth player to be chosen as a finalist who is not a member of one of the four major conferences and just the fourth AHA player. Iona's Ryan Carter (MAAC) was a finalist in 2002, Niagara's Joe Tallari (CHA) was a finalist in 2003 and Quinnipiac's Reid Cashman (AHA) was a finalist in 2005. Ehn (AHA) was on the list in 2007 and RIT's Simon Lambert (AHA) was a finalist in 2008. Ehn was the only one who went on to be named to the Hobey Hat Trick as one of three finalists and invited to the Frozen Four's selection show.
Jacques' brother, Jean-Philippe (a goaltender at North Dakota), was a finalist last season making the brothers the first to become Hobey finalists in the back-to-back season in the history of the award. Since the award's inception in 1981, there have been six pairs of brothers to be named Hobey finalists, including the Lamoureuxs: Mark (Harvard, 1983) and Scott Fusco (Harvard, 1985 and 1986), Kelly (1985, Michigan State) and Kip Miller (1989 and 1990, Michigan State), Ted (1993, Harvard) and Chris Drury (1996, 1997 and 1998, Boston University), Steve (1999, Maine) and Paul Kariya (1993, Maine) and Ben (2003, Boston College) and Patrick Eaves (2005, Boston College).
Jacques' sister, Monique, was one of 10 finalists for the 2009 Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, the women's hockey version of the Hobey Baker. The Lamoureuxs are the first family to have a brother and sister finalist for both awards. Monique is a freshman at Minnesota and was among the national leaders in scoring in all of Division I women's hockey.
The 10 finalists were selected by voting from all the Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting at HobeyBaker.com. The top 10 Hobey finalists advance to the Selection Committee, which decides the eventual winner. This committee is composed of print media, electronic media, NHL scouts, the American Hockey Coaches Association (college hockey coaches) and USA Hockey and from the second-round of online fan voting at HobeyBaker.com. The top three vote-getters from the committee comprise the "Hobey Hat Trick", which will be announced April 2, 2009.
This year's announcement of the Hobey Baker winner will be televised nationally on ESPNU on Friday, April 10, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. as part of "Friday Night at the Frozen Four". The Hobey presentation will be broadcast live, followed by the Hockey Humanitarian Award and NCAA Skills Challenge.
The criteria for the award, as listed on the award's official website at HobeyBaker.com is: 1. Candidates must exhibit strength of character both on and off the ice; 2. Candidates must contribute to the integrity of the team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game; 3. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship; and 4. Candidates must comply with all NCAA rules: be full time students in an accredited NCAA college or university; and complete 50% or more of the season.
A standout hockey and football player at Princeton, Hobey Baker was a fighter pilot in World War I. Prior to returning from France, he was killed at the age of 26 while testing a repaired aircraft in 1918. Baker is a charter member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and one of a handful of Americans to be inducted into Canada's Hockey Hall of Fame. He is a member of Princeton's Hall of Fame, both football and hockey.