Galajda is the only freshman nominated for the Hobey Baker Award.

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Galajda is the only freshman nominated for the Hobey Baker Award.

March 14, 2018

Galajda Named Finalist for Hobey Baker Award

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After quickly establishing himself as one of the nation’s top goaltenders, freshman Matt Galajda is now in the running for college hockey’s most coveted individual award.

The Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation announced 10 finalists for the award on Wednesday. Galajda is the only freshman finalist, and one of three goaltenders to make the cut. The award is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding collegiate hockey player.

Galajda leads the country with shutouts with nine, and has the best goals against average, 1.43, more than 0.3 goals better than the next-best netminder.

The finalists will be narrowed down to three, who will be announced on March 29. The winner is set to be announced at the Frozen Four on April 6.

Finalists for Hobey Baker Award:

Henrik Borgström, Denver

Ryan Donato, Harvard

Matthew Galajda, Cornell

Adam Gaudette, Northeastern

Dylan McLaughlin, Canisius

Cale Morris, Notre Dame

Colton Point, Colgate

Jimmy Schuldt, St. Cloud

Dylan Sikura, Northeastern

CJ Suess, Minnesota State.