The Hobey Baker Award, presented annually to recognize the top NCAA men's hockey player, was won by St. Louis Blues defenseman prospect Scott Perunovich of Minnesota Duluth on Saturday, closing the book on the 2019-20 collegiate season.
A handful of Hobey Baker winners have gone on to be among the biggest stars in the NHL. Here's a look at some of the best players to win the award and find success in the NHL. We have broken it down into First-Team and Second-Team entries, as well as a player for each team who went on to make his mark in NHL management.
Paul Kariya, Maine, 1993
Kariya led 42-1-2 Maine to the 1993 NCAA National Championship. Many consider that squad to be the best in NCAA history.
The first freshman to win the Hobey Baker Award, with 100 points (25 goals, 75 assists) in 39 games in 1993, Kariya was selected by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim with the No. 4 pick in the 1993 NHL Draft.
After having 989 points (402 goals, 587 assists) in 989 NHL games with Anaheim, the Colorado Avalanche, Nashville Predators and St. Louis Blues, Kariya was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.
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Johnny Gaudreau, Boston College, 2014
Gaudreau capped his three-year career at Boston College with 80 points (36 goals, 44 assists) in 40 games and winning the Hobey Baker Award in 2014.
Chosen by the Calgary Flames in the fourth round (No. 104) of the 2011 NHL Draft, the 26-year-old went straight from Boston College to the NHL and has 445 points (151 goals, 294 assists) in 464 games.
Jack Eichel, Boston University, 2015
Eichel was dominant with 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) in 40 games in his only season at Boston University and won the Hobey Baker Award in 2015, becoming the second freshman to do so.
Selected by the Buffalo Sabres with the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, the 23-year-old has 337 points (137 goals, 200 assists) in 354 League games.
Tom Kurvers, Minnesota Duluth, 1984
Kurvers won the Hobey Baker Award after having 76 points (18 goals, 58 assists) in 43 games.
Taken by the Montreal Canadiens in the seventh round (No. 145) of the 1981 NHL Draft, Kurvers had 421 points (93 goals, 328 assists) in 659 games for the Canadiens, Sabres, New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders and Mighty Ducks.
Cale Makar, Massachusetts, 2019
Makar has a superb sophomore season at UMass in 2018-19 with 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) in 41 games, leading his school to the NCAA championship game for the first time.
The 21-year-old is a Calder Trophy contender this season, with 50 points (12 goals, 38 assists) in 57 games with the Colorado Avalanche, who selected him with the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
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Ryan Miller, Michigan State, 2001
Miller won the Hobey Baker Award after posting a 1.32 goals-against average and an NCAA-record .950 save percentage for Michigan State in 2001. He and Robb Stauber (Minnesota, 1988) are the only goalies to win the award.
The 39-year-old, selected by Buffalo in the fifth round (No. 138) of the 1999 NHL Draft, is 387-281-86 in 780 games with the Sabres, St. Louis Blues, Canucks and Ducks.
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George McPhee, Bowling Green, 1982
McPhee, the president of hockey operations for the Vegas Golden Knights, won the Hobey Baker Award in 1982 after he had 80 points (28 goals, 52 assists) in 40 games as a senior under coach Jerry York at Bowling Green. He went on to play 115 games for the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils before settling into a long career as an executive with the Canucks, Washington Capitals, Islanders and Golden Knights.
Neal Broten, Minnesota, 1981
Brendan Morrison, Michigan, 1997
Chris Drury, Boston University, 1998
Matt Carle, Denver, 2006
Jordan Leopold, Minnesota, 2002
Robb Stauber, Minnesota, 1988
Scott Pellerin, Maine, 1992