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UMD player

among finalists for Baker award

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota Duluth's Junior Lessard and Thomas Pock of Massachusetts were among the finalists announced Wednesday for the Hobey Baker award, given to college hockey's top player.

The other top 10 finalists are Minnesota defensemen Keith Ballard; North Dakota forwards Brandon Bochenski and Zach Parise; Brown goalie Yann Danis; Miami of Ohio forward Derek Edwardson; New Hampshire forward Steve Saviano; Michigan State forward Jim Slater and Boston College forward Tony Voce.

The field will be dwindled down to three finalists March 31, and a winner will be announced April 9 during the Frozen Four in Boston.

Lessard, who leads the nation with 55 points and ranks second with 27 goals, is only the seventh Bulldog to be named a Hobey Baker finalist.

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Pock, a senior defensemen from Klagenfurt, Austria, ranks first in the NCAA among 'defensemen in points (38), goals (15) and assists (23). He was named Defensemen of the Year and Hockey East Player of the Year by InsideCollegeHockey.com.

Ballard, a junior from Baudette, Minn., is second in the nation in points by a defensemen and ranks 11th overall in the WCHA among players with an average 1.03 points per game. His five game-winning goals is tied for fifth in the nation and second in the WCHA.

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