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St. Cloud State’s LeBlanc makes history, wins ’13 Hobey Baker

Apr 12, 2013, 6:36 PM EDT


For the first time ever, Hobey is going to St. Cloud State.

On Friday, St. Cloud senior forward Drew LeBlanc won the 2013 Hobey Baker trophy as the top player in collegiate hockey. The win marks the first time a Huskies player has ever won the award.

LeBlanc, 23, was the WCHA’s Player and Student Athlete of the Year in 2013, leading the Huskies to their first-ever Frozen Four appearance.

He led the country with 37 assists this year and finished seventh in the nation in points, with 50.

LeBlanc beat out Boston College’s Johnny Gaudreau and Quinnipiac’s Eric Hartzell for the award, and becomes the 16th player from the WCHA to capture the Hobey.

Yesterday, LeBlanc’s St. Cloud team lost to Quinnipiac in the Frozen Four semifinals. Quinnipiac will face Yale in the final on Saturday at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

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  1. rca26 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:12 PM

    St. Cloud is not a state.

    Notwithstanding, congrats to LeBlanc, who fought through a lot to get here and deserves every bit of the recognition!

  2. jacketsfan7 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    He related to Louis Leblanc?

  3. cubfan531 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Signs with the Chicago Blackhawks after spending his junior career with the Chicago Steel.

  4. greatminnesotasportsmind - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    A Gopher reject was bound to get lucky eventually

  5. twesty85 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:14 AM

    ^^^ More north Dakota fighting Sioux than gophers in the NHL and the Sioux players are making a bigger impact as well. The WCHA cranks out NHL talent every year.

  6. dcviking - Apr 13, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    who are these “fighting sioux’ that you speak of?
    I saw North Dakota on Minnesota’s schedule, but they didn’t seem to have a nickname…

    Congrats to LeBlanc…seems like a great kid

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