UMass hockey forward Bobby Trivigno left outside Hobey Baker award hat trick finalists

  • UMass senior forward Bobby Trivigno was not one of the Hobey Baker award hat trick finalists released Thursday. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS

  • UMass senior forward Bobby Trivigno was not one of the Hobey Baker award hat trick finalists released Thursday. CHRIS TUCCI/UMASS ATHLETICS

Staff Writer
Published: 3/31/2022 3:32:58 PM
Modified: 3/31/2022 3:32:03 PM

Bobby Trivigno’s shoulder has room for another chip.

The UMass hockey team’s senior captain was not among the three Hat Trick finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s highest individual honor, named Thursday.

The final three remaining contenders are Denver forward Bobby Brink, Minnesota State goalie Dryden McKay and Minnesota forward Ben Meyers.

The award will be handed out along with other major college hockey awards and All-America nods at an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. April 8 at the Encore Boston Harbor as part of the 2022 Frozen Four. Denver, Minnesota State and Minnesota reached the national semifinals, along with Michigan.

Brink, the NCHC player of the year, is leading the nation with 56 points and 42 assists. McKay is a finalist for the second year in a row and set a record with 37 wins this season, winning the CCHA player of the year. Meyers won the Big 10 player of the year, played in the Olympics and scored an overtime goal to beat UMass in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Trivigno was the fourth Minuteman to be named a Hobey Baker top 10 finalist. Only Cale Makar, the 2019 winner, reached the top three. This season, Trivigno was named the Hockey East player of the year after leading the league in scoring (49 points). He finished fourth in the country in points, eighth in assists (29) and ninth in goals (20). No other player ranked in the top 10 in both.

Trivigno repeated as the Walter Brown award winner, given annually to the top American-born college hockey player in New England. He was the Frozen Four most outstanding player and a first-team all-American last season.

As an undrafted free agent, Trivigno can continue his hockey career at the professional level with whichever team he wants to sign.

C’MON IN – Colgate defenseman Elliot McDermott announced he was transferring to UMass on his Instagram on Thursday.

“Very grateful for all the opportunities and memories over the past two years at Colgate. I’m excited to further my education and hockey career at UMass Amherst,” the sophomore wrote.

McDermott has potentially three years of eligibility remaining if he exercises his fifth year because of the blanket COVID waiver. He amassed 13 points and 11 this season.

The Kingston, Ontario, native previous

MORE AWARDS – College Hockey News released its all-star teams Thursday.

Trivigno was named a first-team forward, and defenseman Scott Morrow earned a spot on the all-rookie team.

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