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Atkinson, Frattin, Miele are finalists for Hobey Baker Award

St. Paul, MN (Sports Network) - Boston College forward Cam Atkinson, North Dakota forward Matt Frattin and Miami-Ohio forward Andy Miele were named the three finalists for the 2011 Hobey Baker Award, presented annually to college hockey's most outstanding player.

The winner will be announced on Friday, April 8 in St. Paul, site of this year's Frozen Four.

Atkinson, who just signed an entry-level deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, finished his junior season with overall team highs of 31 goals and 52 points in 39 games. He was named a First-Team All-Star in Hockey East with a conference-best 24 scores and ranked second with 38 points.

Frattin, a senior, rebounded from a turbulent junior season to strike for 36 goals and 60 points -- both of which were tops on the Fighting Sioux. The WCHA Player of the Year and First-Team All-Star helped North Dakota to a playoff conference title and a berth in the Frozen Four next weekend.

Miele is the current NCAA points leader with 71 in 39 games. The senior winger also took home the CCHA scoring crown after posting 56 points (16 goals, 40 assists) in 28 contests. His 40 assists were more than any other player had points, which was a first in league history.

Blake Geoffrion from the University of Wisconsin won last year.

The three finalists were selected from an initial list of top ten candidates by a 25-member selection committee.

03/31 18:51:33 ET

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