Ferris State Skater Vying For Nation's Top Individual Honor

Cody Chupp

Sophomore center-right wing Cody Chupp (Big Rapids) of the 2007-08 Ferris State University men's ice hockey team is among over 70 NCAA Division I college hockey players in contention this season for the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award, which is presented annually to the nation's top collegiate hockey player.

The annual Vote For Hobey program is now open and college hockey fans can go on-line to vote for their favorite candidates at hobeybaker.com.

Chupp presently leads the Bulldogs in scoring this season with 15 points on four goals and 11 assists in 20 contests. The FSU assistant captain has currently totaled five multiple-point game performances this campaign to go with a team-leading plus 14 efficiency rating.

In 57 career outings, Chupp has registered 38 points on 12 goals and 26 assists while accumulating 10 multi-point game efforts.

The first phase of fan balloting will run through March 9, 2008. Phase two of fan balloting will then begin on March 20 after the list of Top Ten Hobey Baker Award finalists are announced. The fans' vote accounts for one percent of the total ballot in each phase in selecting this year's award recipient.

Criteria for the award includes candidates mimicking the superlative character traits put forth by the award's namesake, Hobey Baker, a World War I flyer more recognized as America's greatest amateur athlete in his day. Award candidates must exhibit strength of character both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game. Consideration should be given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

Hobey Baker AwardKey Hobey Baker announcement dates for 2008 include: Top Ten list of candidates: March 20 Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists: April 2 Hobey Baker Award winner: April 11.

The 2008 Hobey Baker Award winner will be announced from a field of three Hobey Hat Trick finalists on Friday, April 11, 2008 during the NCAA Frozen Four Championships in Denver, Colo. The 28th annual award announcement honoring college hockey's top player will be televised live during prime time on ESPNU.

Former Ferris State All-American Chris Kunitz, who currently stars for the 2006-07 National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup Champion the Anaheim Ducks, was a Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist for the 2002-03 season.

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