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!