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Hobey Baker Memorial Award announces 2017 Top 10 Finalists

March 15, 2017
Saint Paul, Minn.


The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is very pleased to announce the top ten candidates for the 2017 award honoring college hockey’s top player. Alphabetically, they are: Zach Aston-Reese, Northeastern, Michael Bitzer, Bemidji State, Anders Bjork, Notre Dame, Will Butcher, Denver, Spencer Foo, Union, Tyler Kelleher, New Hampshire, Alexander Kerfoot, Harvard, Tyler Sheehy, Minnesota, Mike Vecchione, Union and Charles Williams, Canisius.

The ten finalists were selected by voting from all 60 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting. Next, the 27-member Selection Committee and an additional round of fan balloting through the Hobey website at from March 16-26 will determine this year’s Hobey Baker winner. Criteria for the award include: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements.

The Hobey Hat Trick (three finalists) will be announced on March 30, 2017 and the Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced Friday, April 7, 2017 from Chicago, IL during the NCAA Frozen Four. The award announcement will take place at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The announcement will be televised live on the NHL Network and can be followed on the Hobey Baker website at 6:00 p.m. ET. Following, in alphabetical order, is a look at each finalist.

Zach Aston-Reese – Northeastern University – Senior, Forward, Staten Island, New York
A breakout campaign has vaulted Aston-Reese to the top of the nation’s scoring charts. His 63 points is tied for first, while his 31 goals are unmatched. A consistent scorer all season, assistant captain Aston-Reese has been outstanding on special teams leading the nation with 4 short-handed goals and has added 13 power play goals.

  • Has 31 goals, 32 assists for 63 points in 38 games – has 19 multiple point games
  • Has recorded three hat tricks, the most in the nation – Graphic Design major
  • Works with elementary schools in Boston area by reading to classes

Michael Bitzer – Bemidji State University – Junior, Goalie, Moorhead, Minnesota
The workhorse goalie for the Beavers has played more minutes than any other tender in the country. Along the way he established a WCHA record with a 1.40 goals against average during conference games. Besides being the league goalie champion, Bitzer was named WCHA Player of the Year and First Team all-conference. His 1.71 overall goals against average leads the nation as do his six shutouts.

  • His final record is 22-14-3 – already owns several career goalie records at Bemidji
  • Has a goals against average of 1.71 and save percentage of .932 is fourth in the nation
  • Exercise Science major – volunteers as a gardener at a food shelf; assists youth hockey

Anders Bjork – University of Notre Dame – Junior, Forward, Mequon, Wisconsin
Notre Dame’s assistant captain has paced the Fighting Irish scoring charts all season with 47 points in 35 games. A solid two-way player, Bjork scores goals at key times and has five game winners so far this season. Bjork is one of five finalists for the Hockey Humanitarian Award for his endless hours of volunteer time at a local elementary school where he is known as “Mr. B.”

  • Has 19 goals, 28 assists for 47 points in 35 games – Boston Bruins draft (5th round)
  • Has 15 multiple point games so far – his plus/minus is +18
  • Marketing major – volunteers with Perley Fine Arts Academy in South Bend, IN

Will Butcher – University of Denver – Senior, Defense, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
The lone defenseman in the top ten, Butcher has proved to be a 200 foot player. He is ranked tied for second in the nation in points by a defenseman (35) and tied for seventh in the nation in plus/minus at +23. Butcher has been named First Team NCHC for the second straight year and is a finalist for the NCHC Player of the Year award and Offensive Defenseman of the Year honors.

  • Has 6 goals, 29 assists for 35 points in 38 games – Colorado draft (5th round)
  • As captain of the Pioneers, Denver were regular season champs; ranked #1 nationally
  • Business major – Hockey Saves volunteer assisting military personal playing hockey

Spencer Foo – Union College – Junior, Forward, Edmonton, Alberta
Foo has proved to be one of the most consistent players in the nation, picking up points in all but four of his 36 games to date. He established a school record with a 21-game point streak earlier in the season and will carry a seven game streak into the ECAC championship tournament. Also highly impressive is his plus/minus of +31, the best in the nation.

  • Has 24 goals (5th in nation), 35 assists (3rd nation) for 59 points (4th nation) in 36 games
  • Was tied for 1st in ECAC scoring and led in assists – 19 multiple point games
  • Economics major – assisted in serving Thanksgiving meals at local YMCA

Tyler Kelleher – University of New Hampshire – Senior, Forward, Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Despite the Wildcats season being over, their sparkplug Tyler Kelleher moved into a tie for the national scoring lead with 63 points in 40 games. An exceptional playmaker, he produced 35 assists to lead the nation. He earned the Hockey East scoring title averaging almost 1.7 points per game and had a total of 18 multiple point games to his credit.

  • Has 24 goals, 39 assists for 63 points in 40 games – 13 power play goals is third in nation
  • Has 75 assists in 77 games over the past two seasons
  • Communications major – assists a child with a brain tumor in playing hockey

Alexander Kerfoot – Harvard University – Senior, Forward, West Vancouver, British Columbia
Harvard has posted a Hobey finalist for the third straight year in co-captain Alex Kerfoot. He has helped guide the Crimson to a tie for first in the ECAC standings and a number three national ranking, due to a current 14-game unbeaten streak. A gifted playmaker, Kerfoot has produced points in nine of his last ten games, including goals in eight of them.

  • Has 16 goals, 24 assists for 40 points in 31 games – has 8 power play goals
  • Is a top ten finalist for the Senior Class Award – New Jersey draft (5th round)
  • Economics major – volunteers in cleaning a local high school and in fund raising events

Tyler Sheehy – University of Minnesota – Sophomore, Forward, Burnsville, Minnesota
The lone sophomore in this year’s class is having a terrific season. He currently ranks seventh in the nation in scoring heading into the Big Ten tournament. Sheehy took home multiple conference awards including: Player of the Year, First Team Big Ten and conference co-scoring champion. Sheehy’s efforts on the Gophers top line helped Minnesota to their national record sixth straight regular season championship.

  • Has 20 goals, 32 assists for 52 points in 36 games – has 19 multiple point games
  • His +23 plus/minus is seventh best in the nation – Business/Marketing major
  • Volunteers with Hope Day providing activities for children with severe medical conditions

Mike Vecchione – Union College – Senior, Forward, Saugus, Massachusetts
The team captain has had a huge season and is now the program’s all-time career scoring leader while becoming the active career scoring leader in the nation (175 points). Vecchione (VECK-ee-oh-nee) is a finalist for ECAC Player of the Year and Best Defensive Forward. Entering the ECAC playoff tourney, he is third in the nation in points, second in goals and leads the nation with 21 multiple point games, leads the nation with seven game winning goals and tied for first with four short-handed tallies.

  • Has 29 goals, 33 assists for 62 points in 36 games – won 61% of faceoffs, 4th in nation
  • Points per game average of 1.72 is first in the nation – History major
  • Active in many events; spearheaded effort to serve Thanksgiving meals at local YMCA

Charles Williams – Canisius College – Senior, Goalie, Canton, Michigan
As the Golden Griffins soared to the Atlantic Hockey regular season title, they did it on the back of Williams who led the circuit in goals against average and save percentage. He was named to the AHC First Team and presently leads the nation in save percentage at .946. He’s second in goals against average and is tied for first with six shutouts.

  • His record is 21-6-5 – goals against average is 1.75 – save percentage is .946
  • Played 20 games in four years at Ferris State – is a graduate transfer and is working on his master’s degree in Sports Administration – is vice president of his fraternity

Hobey Notes

  • Nominees by conference: ECAC – 3, Hockey East – 3, AHA – 1, Big 10 – 1, NCHC – 1, WCHA – 1
  • By class: Senior 6, Junior 3, Sophomore 1
  • By position: Forward 7, Defense 1, Goalie 2
  • By nationality: U.S. – 8 (2 each: Massachusetts, Minnesota, Wisconsin; 1 each: Michigan, New York), Canada – 2 (Alberta, British Columbia)
  • Harvard has a finalist for the third straight year and New Hampshire for the second straight year
  • Hobey Baker Award Banquet will be held May 25, 2017 in St. Paul, Minnesota
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  • The Hobey Baker website also has the top ten video and in-depth bios





MLS disciplines 3 players from last week’s action

NEW YORK (March 15, 2017) – The MLS Disciplinary Committee has suspended Seattle Sounders FC defender Román Torres for one game and issued an undisclosed fine for violent conduct in the 37th minute of Seattle’s match against the Montreal Impact on March 11 (VIDEO ). Torres will serve the suspension during Seattle’s match on Sunday, March 19 against the New York Red Bulls.

Houston Dynamo midfielder Alex was found guilty of simulation/embellishment during the 37th minute of the Dynamo’s match against Columbus Crew SC on March 11 (VIDEO). The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued Alex an undisclosed fine.

Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara was also found guilty of simulation/embellishment in 31st minute of the Timbers match against the LA Galaxy on March 12 (VIDEO). The MLS Disciplinary Committee has issued an undisclosed fine to Chara.  In addition, the MLS Disciplinary Committee did not take any action against Portland Timbers midfielder David Guzman in connection with a play in the 34th minute involving LA Galaxy defender Jelle Van Damme. The Disciplinary Committee could not unanimously determine whether Guzman engaged in an obvious act of simulation/embellishment or if he went to ground in an effort to avoid contact with Van Damme.



OHSAA gives update on Basketball State Tournaments

News Release – Ohio High School Athletic Association

Commissioner Daniel B. Ross, Ph.D.


For Immediate Release – March 16, 2017


Girls basketball tips off Thursday afternoon and boys basketball single-session tickets go on sale


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Single-session tickets for next week’s OHSAA boys basketball state tournament go on sale Thursday morning at the Schottenstein Center and (search OHSAA). All-session ticket books and other special offers, including the Center Court Club, remain on sale (see below).


The 42nd annual OHSAA girls basketball state tournament tips off Thursday afternoon at the Schottenstein Center. The schedule, live radio, live stats and more coverage is at:


The 95th annual OHSAA boys basketball state tournament begins next Thursday morning. This week’s regional pairings and upcoming state tournament coverage can be found at:


Boys Basketball Tickets

For the OHSAA boys basketball state tournament, tickets available now include single-session tickets, all-session ticket books (12 games) in the Entry Level, Club Level, Terrace Level and in the Center Court Club. Single-session ticket prices are $15 each for the Entry and Club Levels and $12 for the Terrace Level. All-session ticket books are $144 for the Entry and Club Levels or $120 for the Terrace Level. The limited quantity Center Court Club tickets, which cost $498 per book, are located very close to the court and also give fans the opportunity to remain in the arena between games in a special hospitality area.


Boys Basketball “Four Pack” Offer

Two special “Four Pack” ticket offers will be available for the boys basketball state tournament. The first special is for “Championship Saturday” that includes a ticket to each of the four championship games in the Terrace Level for $36. The second special includes four tickets together in the Terrace Level for any of the 12 games for $36 (a savings of $3 per ticket).


Schottenstein Center Ticketes, Suites and RV Parking Available

Fans interested in watching the state tournaments from a suite inside the Schottenstein Center can contact Justin Doyle at for pricing and availability. Overnight RV parking will be available for $25 per day in the Buckeye Lots north of the Schottenstein Center.




In addition to and the Schottenstein Center box office, state tournament tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster locations (including most Kroger stores) or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000. Service charges apply when ordering tickets through Ticketmaster and can be avoided by purchasing tickets directly at the Schottenstein Center box office. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


State Tournament TV and Radio Coverage

Spectrum Sports is the official television partner of the OHSAA and will televise the girls and boys basketball state championship games live. In addition, every game from the girls and boys state tournaments will be streamed live at for Spectrum subscribers. The OHSAA Radio Network will broadcast every game of the girls and boys state tournaments. Details are posted at: which includes the link to listen to every game. Stations can contact Tim Stried for information about affiliate options.


42nd Annual OHSAA Girls State Basketball Tournament – March 16-18 at the Schottenstein Center

March 16: 1:00-Division II semifinals (doubleheader session); 6:00-Division IV semifinals (doubleheader session);

March 17: 1:00-Division III semifinals (doubleheader session); 6:00-Division I semifinals (doubleheader session);

March 18: 10:45-Division II final; 2:00-Division IV final; 5:15-Division III final; 8:30-Division I final.


95th Annual OHSAA Boys State Basketball Tournament – March 23-25 at the Schottenstein Center

March 23: 10:45-Division II semifinal; 2:00-Division II semifinal; 5:15-Division IV semifinal; 8:30-Division IV semifinal

March 24: 10:45-Division III semifinal; 2:00-Division II semifinal; 5:15-Division I semifinal; 8:30-Division I semifinal;

March 25: 10:45-Division II final; 2:00-Division IV final; 5:15-Division III final; 8:30-Division I final.


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Glass City 200 has Central Transport as title sponsor

Toledo, Ohio-March 16, 2017: Toledo Speedway’s signature event, the Glass City 200, will now carry the Central Transport name as the title sponsor for the 29th running of the prestigious event, set for Saturday, September 16.
The Warren, MI-based group will now enter its third year of supporting the 200 at the Glass City oval and the first as the title sponsor. The event will undergo a format change for the 2017 edition of the race. The new plan will see a pair of 100 lap features on the agenda-100 laps for the outlaw-bodied Late Models and a 100 lap event for the ARCA/CRA Super Series powered by JEGS stock-bodied Late Models. Each race will pay $5000 to win and $800 to start.
Track management has also signed on presenting sponsors the Holiday Inn Express, the Hampton Inn and the recently-opened Courtyard by Marriott hotels. All 3 locations are on the same piece of property and just ¼ mile from the speedway.
Associate sponsors for the 200 that have also agreed to return to support the race include DTS Drive Train Specialists, R & M Recycling, Bazell Race Fuels, Sunoco Race Fuels and First Care Ambulance.
Additional details for the 29th running of the Central Transport Glass City 200 presented by Holiday Inn Express, Hampton Inn and Courtyard by Marriott will be released as the events nears.

IMS getting ready for 2017 Brickyard 400; new schedule has action-filled weekend for fans

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Press Release

Exciting Lineup Features Two Days of Monster Energy Action, Fan Fest Friday

  • Full Saturday schedule includes NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying and race, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice and qualifying
  • New Friday Fan Fest gives fans more time than ever with NASCAR stars
  • New racing format to produce more can’t-miss moments in 2017 at IMS

INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, March 16, 2017 – An exciting new schedule, race format and fan activities will deliver more NASCAR action and thrills than ever to the Brickyard 400 race weekend July 21-23 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

All on-track action for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will take place over a condensed two-day schedule, Saturday, July 22 and Sunday, July 23. Practice and qualifying are set for Saturday, with the 24th annual Brickyard 400 at 3 p.m. (ET) Sunday.

A full schedule of speed Saturday also will include qualifying and the race for the NASCAR XFINITY Series event, with the 250-mile race starting at 3:30 p.m. The event weekend will start Friday, July 21 on the 2.5-mile oval with two practice sessions for the NASCAR XFINITY Series.

An engaging, new Friday Fan Fest featuring stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the popular Hauler Parade that afternoon and evening will complete the opening day of race weekend at IMS.

“This new, fan-friendly schedule packs all of the on-track action of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series into Saturday and Sunday,” said J. Douglas Boles, IMS president. “Friday’s focus will be on providing engaging opportunities for our spectators, as NASCAR XFINITY Series practice and Fan Fest activities kick off one of the biggest weekends of the season for IMS and NASCAR.”

Superstars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will interact with spectators during the Friday Fan Fest, with other entertainment options also available for the entire family. Fans then can head to nearby Main Street in Speedway for the popular, annual Hauler Parade in the evening. Colorful, gleaming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series haulers will be lined up on Main Street for fans to see and photograph, with displays, promotions, music and food and beverage vendors also part of the fun.

The schedule Saturday, July 22 features more than five hours of on-track action from NASCAR’s two top series, from 9 a.m. until the early evening hours.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice kicks off the Saturday schedule from 9-9:55 a.m., with another practice from 11-11:55 a.m. Then the NASCAR XFINITY Series takes center stage with qualifying at 12:45 p.m. followed by the race at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday will see a thrilling conclusion as Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers compete for starting spots in the Brickyard 400 during three-round qualifying starting at 6:15 p.m.

The intriguing, new three-stage race format for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series will make its IMS debut during both races on this weekend.

Kyle Busch will attempt to become the first driver to win the Brickyard 400 in three consecutive years and join Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson in the exclusive club of drivers who have won this marquee NASCAR event at least three times.

Tickets are on sale now at for all three days of the Brickyard 400 event weekend. Kids 15 and under are free all three days when accompanied by an adult General Admission ticket holder. Visit for more information about the Brickyard 400 weekend.

2017 Brickyard 400 Weekend Schedule
(All times local)

Friday, July 21
1-1:55 p.m.         NASCAR XFINITY Series first practice
3-3:55 p.m.         NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice
Afternoon/Evening   Friday Fan Fest and Hauler Parade

Saturday, July 22
9-9:55 a.m.         Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice
11-11:55 a.m.         Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice
12:45 p.m.         NASCAR XFINITY Series qualifying
3:30 p.m.         NASCAR XFINITY Series race (100 laps)
6:15 p.m.         Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying

Sunday, July 23
3 p.m.                      Brickyard 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race (160 laps)





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