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Jimmy Vesey wins Hobey Baker Award

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Jimmy Vesey has been named the winner of the 2016 Hobey Baker Award, beating out Michigan forward Kyle Connor and goaltender Thatcher Demko of Boston College.

The 22-year-old forward is the first ECAC player to win the national honor since 1989. He's a two-time ECAC Player of the Year.

The Hobey Baker Award is given out annually to the nation's top NCAA men's hockey player.

Vesey notched 24 goals and 22 assists in 33 games during his senior season at Harvard, boasting the seventh-best points-per-game mark in the country.

He was part of the Hobey Hat Trick - the final three nominees - for the second consecutive season, after losing out to Jack Eichel in 2015.

Last month, Vesey informed the Nashville Predators that he didn't plan to sign with them prior to the Aug. 15 deadline, opting to become an NHL free agent.

He returned to the Crimson for his senior campaign after turning down a deal with the Predators last spring.

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