Hobey Baker Watch: Week 17

Story posted January 31, 2020 in Sports, CommRadio by Jordan Hession

Another week of college hockey means another edition of the Hobey Baker Watch. We’re just 70 days away until the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee announces the recipient. In this week’s watch, let's discuss potential defensemen who could win the prestigious award.

David Farrance, Boston University

The Nashville Predators’ 2017 third-round pick has developed nicely during his time at Boston University. In his junior year, Farrance has posted 11 goals and 14 assists for 25 points. Farrance anchors the power-play unit, as he leads the Terriers with eight such goals. The young defenseman exemplifies the role of a two-way defender. He’s creative offensively and has plenty of defensive grit. Farrance is definitely a young player to keep an eye on.

Scott Perunovich, Minnesota Duluth

Perunovich has changed the narrative tied to the small defensemen. At just 5 feet 10 inches, the junior has produced four goals and 24 assists for 28 points. Perunovich makes up for size with his elusive skating and his eye for open teammates or an open net. Perunovich decided to return to Minnesota Duluth in its quest to win three straight national championships. St. Louis Blues fans should pay attention to the development of their second-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft.

Mike Lee, Sacred Heart

The once-transfer from Vermont is having a stellar senior year for Sacred Heart. Lee has proven to the college hockey world that he is one of the best players. Just look at his plus/minus rating. Lee leads the NCAA in that category with a plus-27. He’s also tallied four goals and 24 assists for 28 points. An upperclassman who excels with or without the puck on his stick, Lee has been a key reason why Sacred Heart ranks 20th in the USCHO Top 20 poll.


Jordan Hession is a junior majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email hessionjordan@gmail.com.

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Junior / Broadcast Journalism Minoring in History

Jordan Hession is a transfer junior from Annapolis, Maryland majoring in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in History. As a member of the sports staff on PSU Comm Radio, Jordan has written articles highlighting PSU Athletic teams, has been featured on several talk shows covering sporting contests and has broadcasted play by play State College High School sports. Jordan is the creator, producer, and host of the NHL preview podcast alongside Grant Commerer and Jacob Cheris. Jordan has a love for all sports, especially baseball and ice hockey. He hopes to help expand the interest of ice hockey globally. Jordan is interested in becoming a sports talk radio personality, a sports anchor, or a play by play broadcaster/ public address announcer for a minor or professional team. To contact Jordan email him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).