Apr 3, 2013 at 2:36 pm
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) - A proud moment for central Minnesota - St. Cloud State's Drew LeBlanc has been selected as one of three finalists for the Hobey Baker award.
The Hobey Baker Foundation whittled the list of candidates from ten to three on Wednesday in the hunt for college hockey's top individual honor.
LeBlanc, a senior forward, helped the Huskies reach the NCAA's Frozen Four for the first time in the program's history - and he tells KNSI that, in spite of the enormous personal honor, helping his teammates bring home top honors is his first priority.
"Obviously, we're trying to win a national title - first and foremost," LeBlanc says. "That's our team's focus and that's where my focus is."
LeBlanc's coach, Bob Motzko, is pleased that the team aspect of the season has been most important to LeBlanc, but is glad to see his player being singled out in this fashion.
"I couldn't be happier for him," Motzko says. "This will follow him for the rest of his life. I'm so proud of him, and it couldn't have happened to a better kid."
LeBlanc says he's definitely humbled to be part of such an elite group of players in his sport.
"It is something special, and once the season's done I'll have time to reflect on it. But right now, it's about bringing a title home to St. Cloud."
LeBlanc hails from the nothern Minnesota town of Hermantown, where he led his team to a state title. He currently leads the nation with 37 assists.
The Hobey Baker Award winner will be revealed on April 12 in Pittsburgh.
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