Fighting Sioux sophomore Duncan wins Hobey Baker


ST. LOUIS -- North Dakota sophomore Ryan Duncan won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award on Friday as the nation's top college hockey player.

The 5-foot-8 forward from Calgary, Alberta, had 31 goals and 26 assists to lead his team to its third consecutive Frozen Four. The Fighting Sioux lost to Boston College in the semifinals Thursday night.

"This award means a lot to me. It's amazing," he said. "I share this award with my teammates. I believe this award is a direct reflection of our season and what they've accomplished this season."

Duncan played on arguably the best line in college hockey and was one of three Sioux players to average at least a point per game, joining Jonathan Toews and T.J. Oshie. Duncan, who finished with the third-most power play goals in the nation with 17, joined Tony Hrkac as the only two players from the school to win the award. Hrkac, also a forward, received the award in 1987.

A year after the undrafted Duncan finished with 16 goals and 20 assists as a freshman, he had only one scoring drought of more than two games this season.

"This is pretty amazing. This is definitely a surprise to me, especially being in an elite group like this," Duncan said. "I can't say enough about how much I respect these guys."

Duncan was a finalist along with Notre Dame goalie David Brown and Air Force forward Eric Ehn. Brown had a .931 save percentage and a national-best 1.58 goals against average. Ehn finished with 64 points, including 40 assists.