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UMaine’s Abbott Named a Hobey Baker Award Finalist

University of Maine hockey player Spencer Abbott was named Thursday morning one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is given annually to college hockey’s top player. The Hobey Baker Memorial Committee announced the three finalists, known as the Hobey Hat Trick.

This year’s Hobey Baker Memorial Award winner will be announced at 6 p.m. on Friday, April 6 during the NCAA Frozen Four.  The 32nd annual announcement will be aired live on the NHL Network at 6 p.m. EST, and at the Hobey website.

Abbott, who is a senior forward from Hamilton, Ontario, leads the nation in scoring and assists. A recruited walk-on four years ago, Abbott was named the Player of the Year in Hockey East as well as a first-team all-star. The Black Bear assistant captain scored 21 goals and assisted on another 41 for 62 total points, which earned him the conference scoring title and two player of the month honors while piling up 18 multiple-point games. Abbott is a family relations major and has been on the dean’s list three times. He is active in the community helping with Special Olympics, assisting at youth hockey clinics and participating in charity games.

Abbott signed on Wednesday a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Jack Connolly, a senior forward from University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Austin Smith, a senior forward from Colgate University, are the other members of the Hobey Baker Hat Trick group.

Contact: Jessica Bloch, (207) 581-3777

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