Ostergard nominated for the Hobey Baker Award

Brooke Smith, Sports Editor

Robert Morris NCAA men’s hockey senior goaltender Brooks Ostergard has been named a nominee for the 2012 Hobey Baker Award. This award is given each year to college hockey’s top player. Voting for the award runs from now until March 4.

Ostergard first learned about the award from his teammates down at the RMU Island Sports Center. “It’s a great honor, but it wasn’t one of my goals coming into my senior season to be a Hobey Baker finalist. It was my goal and my team’s goal to make it to the NCAA

Championship,” said Ostergard. “So it’s a great honor, but we have other goals and I have other goals that I am more focused on right now.”

In the 15 games that Ostergard has started, he has gone 6-7-2 with a 0.935 save percentage and a 2.26 goals against average. “Brooks has played very well this year, he’s in the top five in the nation in save percentage,” said head coach Derek Schooley. “He’s constantly battling extremely hard, and he’s a guy that takes a lot of pride in how he plays and with that comes a lot of pressure.”

Ostergard said that his family and friends are all proud of him for receiving this nomination, but there is one person that is more excited than the rest. “I think my mom was the most excited, I think she was even more excited than I was so it’s great to see her have a little fun with my senior season and I try not to talk about the nomination when I talk to her,” said Ostergard.

If you would like to vote for Ostergard, please visit www.hobeybakeraward.com. Then click on Vote for Hobey at the top of the page, and follow the steps to vote for Ostergard.