Pinto named to Hobey Baker Hat Trick
Sophomore becomes UND second consecutive Hat Trick honoree
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (UND Athletics) - UND sophomore Shane Pinto has been named to the Hobey Baker Hat Trick, the final three players up for college hockey’s biggest individual award, the Hobey Baker Award committee revealed Thursday. It marks the second consecutive year that a UND player has reached the final three with Jordan Kawaguchi receiving that distinction last season. Joining him on the Hobey’s Hat Trick is Wisconsin forward Cole Caufield and Minnesota State goalie Dryden McKay.
Pinto’s standout sophomore season saw him make history by picking up NCHC Player of the Year, Forward of the Year and Defensive Forward of the Year accolades. He was the first player to win the player of the year unanimously and also became the first to win forward and defensive forward of the year.
The Franklin Square, N.Y., product won the league’s scoring title with 28 points and 15 goals in the regular season. He also paced the conference in power play goals (7), faceoff win percentage (.620), multi-point games (11) and multi-goal games.
The 2019 second-round Ottawa Senators draft pick is a kinesiology major and was the NCHC Rookie of the Year last year after tying for the team lead in goals with 16.
In two short seasons, Pinto has scored 31 goals and added 29 assists for 60 points in 61 games played. His 15 goals as a sophomore paced the conference and ranked seventh in the NCAA. He recorded a dozen multi-point games this season, including assisting on both extra attacker goals late in the Midwest Regional final, to send the game to extra sessions. His .619 faceoff win percentage also led the league and was in the top five nationally. He owns the second and third-best season faceoff win percentages in school history and his 61.2 career win percent is a new school record.
He was an NCHC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete each of his two seasons, adding all-academic honors as well.
The Hobey Baker Award will be announced virtually April 9 at 5:00 p.m. Central on the NHL Network and hobeybaker.com.
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