Eagle River skater one of college hockey's best

Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- For the third time in four years, an Alaska hockey player is among the nation's top collegiate players.

Ty Conklin of Eagle River is on the list of ten finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the best Division I hockey player.

Conklin, a junior goalkeeper at the University of New Hampshire, guided the Wildcats to an overall record of 23-7-6, and a second-place finish in the Hockey East conference. He shared player-of-the-year honors in the conference.

His goals-against average was under three per game. He tended the goal for a dozen one-goal victories by his team this season.

The Hobey Baker winner is to be awarded April 7 in Providence, R.I., during the championship tournament of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

The finalists were chosen by the Division I hockey coaches.

Last year Brian Swanson, also of Eagle River, was a Hobey Baker finalist while playing at Colorado College. Swanson was also a Hobey Baker finalist in 1997.

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