Wilson, Gilroy, Thiessen finalists for Hobey

Apr 2, 2009 - 11:35 PM MACOMB, Michigan (Ticker) -- Chris Drury may not have the distinction of being the lone player from Boston University to win the Hobey Baker Memorial Award much longer.

In addition to Northeastern goaltender Brad Thiessen, Terriers defenseman Matt Gilroy and forward Colin Wilson on Thursday were named finalists for the award by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Foundation.

The winner will be announced Friday, April 10, at the Verizon Center in Washington.

Drury currently is the lone Terrier to have claimed the honor, winning the award in 1998.

A senior, Gilroy helped Boston University's defense hold the No. 1 ranking in the nation for a large portion of the season. The native of North Bellmore, New York has recorded eight goals and 28 assists in 42 games this campaign as the Terriers enter the Frozen Four as the top seed.

Gilroy, who has appeared in 144 consecutive games, became the first defenseman in conference history to be named to Hockey East's First All-Star Team on three different occasions. He also won the Walter Brown Award this year as the best American-born college player in New England.

Also a member of Hockey East's First All-Star Team, Wilson has notched 15 goals and 37 assists in 41 games this campaign, finishing tied for the conference scoring title. The sophomore, who was named Hockey East's Rookie of the Year last season, enters the Frozen Four ranked second in the nation in assists and third in points.

Hailing from Greenwich, Connecticut, Wilson was drafted seventh overall by the Nashville Predators in 2008. He is the son of former NHL forward Carey Wilson.

Like Gilroy and Colin Wilson, Thiessen was named to Hockey East's First All-Star Team. The junior, who also claimed the honor of being the conference's Player of the Year, played every minute of the season for Northeastern, posting a 25-12-4 record with three shutouts.

Fourth in the nation in victories, Thiessen also ranks 12th in goals-against average (2.11) and fifth in save percentage (.931). The native of Aldergrove, British Columbia established six single-season team records while leading the Huskies to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1994.

This marks the first time in nine seasons all three finalists play in the same conference.

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