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Former SLU hockey player Greg Carey 1 of 3 Hobey Baker finalists

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Greg Carey has once again made history for the St. Lawrence University hockey program.

The high-scoring senior forward was selected as a top three Hobey Baker Award finalist, becoming the first player from the school to achieve this honor.

Carey was chosen as a Hobey Baker Hat Trick finalist for college hockey’s prestigious award a year after he finished in the top 10 in Hobey Baker voting as a junior.

“I was a little shocked,” said Carey, who learned of the news when he received a text message from St. Lawrence senior Pat Raley during a pregame meal with the Portland Pirates.

After leading the nation in goals (28) last season, Carey ranks second in the nation in assists (39), third in points (57) and first in power-play points (31).

“This is as big as it gets and I’m very happy for Greg and proud of not only him, but our program as well,” St. Lawrence Greg Carvel said of the achievement.

As a junior, Carey was a top 10 finalist along with teammate and Canton native Kyle Flanagan, marking the first time two St. Lawrence players were recognized with this status in the same year.

“It’s definitely exciting, especially getting this honor for a small school like St. Lawrence,” said Carey, who is also St. Lawrence’s first two-time top 10 Hobey Baker Award finalist. “I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished and to achieve this while playing in the north country makes it even more special.”

Carvel credits Carey, a native of Hamilton, Ontario, with his dedication to academics, as he could have joined the professional ranks following his previous seasons, especially after his junior campaign.

“I think it’s great, because Greg could have left school last year,” Carvel said of Carey, a history major with a 3.68 GPA, who was an all-academic player for four years, as well as a member of St. Lawrence’s advisory committee on athletics. “And that’s a tribute to him as a student-athlete, he’s a tremendous student and I think that played a part in him being selected.”

Carey led the Saints in scoring for four straight years and repeated as ECAC Hockey scoring champion this season. He was also honored as the conference’s co-player of the year and was a finalist for student-athlete of the year in the ECAC.

“It’s also a testament to the guys you play with,” Carey said. “It’s an individual award, but this wouldn’t have been possible without my St. Lawrence teammates.”

Johnny Gaudreau of Boston College and Nic Dowd of St. Cloud State are also finalists for the award, with the winner to be announced April 11.

Carey generated 18 goals and 39 assists this season, which included a 20-game point streak.

“He’s such an offensive threat, so this year teams really focused on him,” Carvel said. “It’s a wonderful tribute to him of what he accomplished in his four years here at St. Lawrence and it’s great for our program. But I think we’re showing that even though people classify as a small school, we’ve had some big time results over the last couple years.”

With his 185 career points, Carey tied Brian McFarlane (1951-55) for second on St. Lawrence’s all-time scoring list and is also fourth in career goals (84) at the school.

“It’s been a great experience,” Carey said of his career. “And especially earning the respect from your peers and all the coaches throughout college hockey to get this honor, that makes it very special.”

After St. Lawrence was ousted from the ECAC Hockey playoffs with a quarterfinal series loss at Colgate, three days later Carey signed an entry-level contract with the Phoenix Coyotes on March 19. He has since played in six games and registered his first pro point with Portland, the Coyotes’ American Hockey League affiliate.

While Carey’s younger brother Matt, who shared the team’s goal-scoring lead (18) with his elder brother, left St. Lawrence to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks two weeks ago and made his debut with the team on March 28, another pair of Saints have moved on to the professional ranks.

Senior defenseman Justin Baker signed an amateur tryout agreement with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL and senior Jeremy Wick has signed on with a pro team in Switzerland.

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