Porter wins Hobey Baker, would rather be in title game

Updated: April 12, 2008, 7:29 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Michigan senior captain Kevin Porter won the Hobey Baker Memorial Award on Friday night, a day after his team was eliminated in the Frozen Four semifinals.

The left wing beat out Boston College's Nathan Gerbe and Miami of Ohio's Ryan Jones for hockey's equivalent of the Heisman Trophy.

"This is an amazing honor and a great award," Porter said. "But our main goal here was to come and win a national championship. We're still disappointed about last night."

Porter and the Wolverines had their season come to an end with a 5-4 overtime loss to Notre Dame on Thursday night. Porter had an assist in the game, but didn't put a shot on net.

He finished the season with 33 goals and 30 assists, and became just the second Wolverines player to win the award, joining Brendan Morrison (1997).

Gerbe said earlier in the day that his mind was completely focused on winning a national title, not the Hobey Baker. Gerbe and the Eagles will face the Irish on Saturday night in the title contest.

"The team has done a great job of not mentioning it," said Gerbe, who had three goals and an assist in a 6-1 win over North Dakota in the semifinals. "The team goal is to win a national championship and that's the one thing we're focused on."

Will Bruce of Williams College received the Humanitarian Award for his contributions to the community.

"It's a great honor to receive this award, but to me it recognizes more than an individual," said Bruce, a senior forward who has helped create 17 community service projects while at Williams. "This award recognizes the importance of teamwork. I've never had a teammate or another Williams team turn down a request to participate in a community service project."


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