From staff reports
TRAVERSE CITY — Former Traverse City North Stars goalie CJ Motte is one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award, presented annually to the top player in college hockey.
A junior goaltender, Motte helped lead Ferris State to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association regular-season championship. The league playoffs started Friday night at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids.
Motte leads the nation with 26 wins in goals. A first team all-league pick, Motte is 26-7-3 with a 2.19 goals-against average. He has a .928 save percentage and four shutouts.He was the WCHA Defensive Player of Week six times.
Motte played for the North Stars in the North American Hockey League in 2008-09. He turned in a 22-9-2 mark, compiling a 2.30 goals-against average. He was named to the NAHL’s all-North Division team. Two of his North Star teammates, Kyle Bonis and Garrett Thompson, also play for Ferris State.
The 10 finalists were selected by voting from all 59 Division I college hockey head coaches and by online fan balloting.
The field will be whittled to three finalists on April 2. The Hobey Baker Award winner will be named April 11 in Philadelphia during the NCAA Frozen Four.