Former Chief forward up for top college hockey honour

BCHL grad up for Hobey

Jordan Kawaguchi is one step away from college hockey's biggest individual prize.

The former Chilliwack Chief forward is one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, handed out annually to the top NCAA college hockey player.

Former West Kelowna Warrior Jason Cotton was among the final 10 up for consideration, but failed to make the final three.

Kawaguchi just finished his junior year at the University of North Dakota.

He led the NCHC in scoring with 15 goals and 30 assists. Five of his 15 goals were game winners.

He was NCHC player of the month twice, an NCAA player of the month in November.

University of Minnesota-Duluth junior defenceman Scott Perunovich and University of Maine junior goaltender Jeremy Swayman are also up for the award.

The Hobey Baker winner will be announced April 11.

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