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St. Paul, Minn. – Earlier tonight, Miami’s Andy Miele became the 31st winner of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award honoring the nation’s best college hockey player. In doing so, Miele capped the greatest individual season in Miami hockey history by winning the CCHA and NCAA scoring races, the CCHA Player of the Year and tournament MVP awards, was named first team All-America and finally, the Hobey Baker.
Oxford, Ohio – The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation today named Miami senior assistant captain Andy Miele one of three finalists for college hockey’s most prestigious individual award. Miele, from Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., led the nation in scoring with 24 goals and 47 assists for 71 points. In doing so, he led the RedHawks to their first ever Mason Cup, awarded to the winner of the CCHA conference tournament and a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament. He also became just the second Miami player to earn a seat at the Hobey Baker banquet table joining former Miami captain and current Edmonton Oiler, Ryan Jones, who was named a finalist at the conclusion of the 2007-08 season. Joining Miele as a finalist for this year’s award are Boston College’s junior forward Cam Atkinson, who recently signed with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and the nation’s leading goal scorer, North Dakota senior forward, Matt Frattin. MURedHawks.com has an extensive write-up on Miele’s credentials, but here’s a quick summary.
- First team All-CCHA
- CCHA Tournament MVP
- CCHA Player of the Year
- Nation’s leading scorer (24-47-71)
- Most points, 71, in a single season since 2002-03 (among all players nationally)
- Most points, 56, in a single season of CCHA play since 1991-92
- In addition to his on-ice achievements, Miele has been involved in the community, interacting with under-privileged kids through the One Way Farm Children’s Home in Fairfield, Ohio as well as participating in a skate with the disabled, Habitat for Humanity and the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. He is an American studies major with a coaching minor.
Here’s the link to the Hobey Baker Award Foundation release and to MURedHawks.com for their coverage. The winner will be announced at 7pm EST on Friday, April 8. The ceremony will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Congratulations Andy on a tremendous season and career. Good luck!
>RedHawk rookie defenseman Chris Wideman has been selected as the CCHA Rookie of the Week.
Wideman has four assists this season, collecting two on Friday night and two on Saturday night. He leads all conference defenseman in scoring and all league rookies in scoring as well. His performance thus far has been very encouraging.
>Former RedHawks Ryan Jones and Charlie Effinger have both been presented with Athlete of the Year Honors. Jones was awarded “Male Athlete of the Year” and Effinger, the “Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.”
Here is the writeup, from MURedhawks.com on Jones:
(Chatham, Ontario) was one of three 2008 Hobey Baker finalists and earned 2008 ACHA West All-America First Team honors. A three-time all-CCHA honoree, Jones earned first-team accolades in 2007-08. He captained the RedHawks to a school-record 33 victories during the 2007-08 campaign as Miami spent 10 weeks ranked No. 1. Jones finished the 2007-08 season with 31 goals, giving him 90 for his career and placing him second on the school’s all-time scoring list. His 31 goals ranked third nationally and was the first 30-goal season for a Miami player since 1992-93. Jones finished his collegiate career with 21 game-winning goals, tying him with two other players for the second-most game-winners in Division I history. Setting the program record for games played (161), Jones played in every game during his four-year Miami career and propelled the RedHawks to three NCAA Tournament appearances, a No. 1 regional seeding in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and a regular-season CCHA title in 2005-06. Additionally, Jones was named a National Strength and Conditioning All-American in 2008. He is currently signed with the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators.
(Belleville, Ill.), who boasted a 3.51 GPA and majored in American studies and political science, was a part of three NCAA Tournament appearances, a No. 1 regional seeding in the 2008 NCAA Tournament and a regular-season CCHA title in 2005-06. In 2007-08, the RedHawks spent 10 weeks ranked No. 1 in the country and compiled a school-record 33 wins. Effinger–who was considered the consummate team player–was a 2008 Spirit of Miami Award recipient, presented to the male and female senior student-athletes whose playing time did not deter their enthusiastic commitment to their team. In 2007-08, Effinger appeared in eight games and amassed a perfect 6-0 record and finished his career with an impressive mark of 32-12-4. As a sophomore, Effinger was named the CCHA’s Best Goaltender and was a second-team all-CCHA selection, ranking first in the league and second nationally in goals-against average and save percentage.
Congrats to both! Another example of how Miami University excels on the ice, in the classroom and in the community.