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Wisconsin’s Cole Caufield wins Hobey Baker Award as top college hockey player

Cole Caufield

TORONTO (AP) — Wisconsin forward Cole Caufield won the Hobey Baker Award on Friday night as the top college hockey player, then scored twice in his professional debut.

Caufield edged North Dakota forward Shane Pinto and Minnesota State goaltender Dryden McKay. He also had an assist Friday night in the Laval Rockets’ 5-3 victory over the Toronto Marlies in an American Hockey League game.

“It means a lot, obviously it was something that was a goal of mine going into the year. It’s a special award,” Caufield said after the game.

The 20-year-old prospect had 30 goals and 52 points in 31 games with the Badgers to lead all college players. He signed an entry-level contract with Montreal.

From Stevens Point, Wisconsin, the 5-foot-7 right wing helped the United States win the 2021 world juniors.

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