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T.J. Syner Named To Hobey Baker Ballot

T.J. Syner is a candidate for the Hobey Baker Award given annually to college hockey's best player.

T.J. Syner is a candidate for the Hobey Baker Award given annually to college hockey's best player.

Jan. 16, 2012

T.J. Syner - UMass hockey senior co-captain T.J. Syner has been named to the Hobey Baker ballot as one of the top players in the country during the 2011-12 season. The Hobey Baker Award goes out to the best collegiate hockey player in America. Fans have the opportunity to have a say in the award as their fan vote counts towards the overall selection process.

After UMass' 4-0 win over No. 4 Boston College where Syner had a pair of goals, the co-captain is now tied for third in Hockey East for overall points with 26 (11 goals, 15 assists). His 11 goals not only lead UMass, but rank seventh among league skaters, while his 15 assists are tied for 7th in the league.

Nationally, the Springfield native ranks 19th in overall points and is tied for 27th in assists.

For his career, Syner has played in 120 games with 35 goals and 51 assists. He has scored at least a point in 18-of-21 games this year and leads UMass with his 26 points.

Awarded annually to college hockey's top player, the Hobey Baker's highly popular fan-voting phase opens on Monday, Jan. 9 and runs through March 4, 2012 at There fans have their chance to vote for one of 77 college hockey players.

Phase two of fan balloting will begin on March 16 from the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker finalists. The fans' vote accounts for a full 1 percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.

Award criteria include candidates emulating the exceptional character traits exhibited by the award's namesake, Hobey Baker, a World War I flying star better known as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day. Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.



Key Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2012 include:

Top Ten list of candidates: March 15
Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: March 29
Hobey Baker Award announcement: April 6

The 2012 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 6, 2012 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in St. Petersburg, FL. The 32nd annual award announcement honoring college hockey's top player will be televised live.


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