BCHL alum up for Hobey

Three BC Hockey League grads are among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award.

The Hobey Baker is presented each year to the top player in U.S. college hockey.

The list of finalists include a pair of former Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Taro Hirose (Michigan State) and Chase Priskie (Quinnipac University).

Hirose led the NCAA in scoring with 51 points in 36 games. He recently signed with the Detroit Red Wings and recorded his first NHL assist.

Priskie amassed 17 goals and 22 assists from the blueline over 34 games. He was a sixth round draft choice of the Washington Capitals in 2016.

Also among the finalists is former Penticton Vees forward Patrick Newell (St. Cloud University).

Newell won the NCHC scoring title with 13 goals and 28 points in 24 conference games.

Other notable names up for the award include Vancouver Canucks prospect Quinn Hughes and Cale Makar, a first round selection of the Colorado Avalanche in 2017.

The three finalists will be unveiled April 4 with the winner announced April 12.

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