BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – March 14, 2018 – Continuing to receive accolades for his ongoing stellar senior season, Minnesota State forward C.J. Suess has been named a top-10 finalist for the 2018 Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The 2017-18 men's Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Offensive Player of the Year, Scoring Champion, first-team All-WCHA selection and finalist for overall Player of the Year is among the top candidates for the award honoring college hockey's top player.
Suess, the top offensive threat on the nation's highest-scoring team, is tied for 12th nationally with a career-high 43 points for the NCAA tournament-bound Mavericks. The Winnipeg Jets prospect has scored 22 goals (tied for 10th in the country), has 21 assists, 509 faceoff wins (second nationally) and a plus-18 rating (tied for 19th) in 39 games. A two-year captain, Suess has helped Minnesota State to a No. 6 ranking the latest opinion polls, along with a NCAA-best 29 wins. He stands as Minnesota State's active career scoring leader with 127 points on 57 goals and 70 assists, while his points total is tied for fifth on the school's career scoring list during the DI-era.
The first Mavericks skater to capture the WCHA scoring title after tallying 36 points in 28 conference games, Suess scored a league-high 19 goals, added 17 assists and posted a WCHA-best plus-19 rating. He collected at least one point in an impressive 23 league games, including 10 multi-point efforts. Suess factored in nine game-winning goals for the 22-win, MacNaughton Cup champion Mavericks, scoring four himself (second-most in the WCHA) and assisting on five others. He also added 11 points on the power play (4g-7a), was on the ice for a league-best 32 even-strength Minnesota State goals and contributed a WCHA-high 380 faceoff wins.
Off the ice, the management major is a WCHA All-Academic Team member. Suess also volunteers with Kiwanis Holiday Lights and local pond hockey tournament.
The ten finalists were selected by voting from all 60 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting. Next, the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting through the Hobey website at www.hobeybaker.com from March 14-25 will determine this year's Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
The Hobey Hat Trick (three finalists) will be announced on March 29, 2018 and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced on Friday, April 6, 2018 from St. Paul, Minn. during the NCAA Frozen Four. The award announcement will take place at the legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium. The announcement will be televised live on the NHL Network and streamed on the Hobey Baker website at 6:00 p.m. ET.
Suess' selection continues the WCHA's longstanding tradition of excellence with the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The league has had a top-10 finalist each year, while producing 16 winners since the Hobey Baker was first awarded in 1981.