SAINT PAUL, Minn. – North Dakota junior goaltender Zane McIntyre has been selected to the “Hobey Hat Trick” as one of three finalists nationally for the 2015 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, presented annually to the top player in NCAA Division I men’s hockey. Joining McIntyre as finalists in the “Hobey Hat Trick” are Boston University freshman forward Jack Eichel and Harvard junior forward Jimmy Vesey.
McIntyre earned NCHC Goaltender of the Year and was an All-NCHC First Team selection this season while also being a finalist for NCHC Player of the Year. He has appeared in all 41 games (40 starts) for UND this season, going 29-9-3 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .931 save percentage that is the second-best in school history. His 29 wins lead the NCAA and are one shy of UND’s single-season record. McIntyre, a native of Thief River Falls, Minn., is also tied for the national lead in appearances – one short of the school record – and ranks second in minutes (2435:33) and saves (1,088), fourth in winning percentage (.844), seventh in save percentage and 11th in goals-against average.
McIntyre was named one of five finalists for the Mike Richter Award in March, which is presented annually to the top goaltender in NCAA men’s hockey. The NCAA West Region Most Outstanding Player, McIntyre stopped 48 of 50 shots in UND’s 4-1 victories over No. 11 Quinnipiac and No. 13 St. Cloud State to help lead North Dakota to its second straight NCAA Frozen Four appearance. He also backstopped North Dakota to the Penrose Cup in 2014-15 for winning the NCHC regular-season championship, earning NCHC Goaltender of the Week four times during the season. He started all 24 conference games and led the NCHC in saves, wins and win percentage and was in the top three in save percentage and goals-against average in conference play.
McIntyre, a 2010 draft pick of the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins, is UND’s all-time leader in career goals-against average (2.08) and save percentage (.927). He also ranks third all-time in wins (58), sixth in appearances (91), seventh in winning percentage (.694) and saves (2,361), and is tied for ninth in shutouts (4) after pitching one this season.
McIntyre is a psychology major and a two-time selection to the Academic All-NCHC Team, including this season. Actively involved in community service, McIntyre has devoted more than 40 hours of community service time to various organizations, including Special Olympics, Grand Forks Youth Hockey Association, Westside Elementary, Thief River Falls Elementary and more.
McIntyre’s selection marks the second straight season the NCHC has had a student-athlete land in the Hobey Hat Trick after St. Cloud State’s Nic Dowd earned the honor as a senior last year.
The three finalists for this year’s Hobey Hat Trick were selected from the initial list of Top Ten candidates, which also included Denver senior defenseman Joey LaLeggia, by the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of online fan balloting to determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.
This year’s Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 10 from Matthews Arena in Boston, Mass. during the NCAA Frozen Four. The 35th annual announcement will be televised live regionally on NESN and on the NHL Network at 5 p.m. ET and at www.hobeybakeraward.com.