Northern Michigan University Wildcats’ Hank Crone, Joseph Nardi nominated for college hockey’s top honor, Hobey Baker Award

Hank Crone

MARQUETTE — A pair of Northern Michigan University hockey players have been nominated to win the 2022 Hobey Baker Award, the college hockey equivalent to college football’s Heisman Trophy for its top player.

Wildcats junior Hank Crone and senior Joseph Nardi were announced as candidates on Wednesday with the top 10 finalists to be announced on March 16.

Crone, from Dallas, leads the nation in assists with 23 and is second with 32 points. His average points per game of 1.52 is also No. 2 in NCAA Division I.

Nardi, from Edmonton, Alberta, is a two-year captain of the NMU team and has become college hockey’s ironman, skating in 170 consecutive games. He is Northern’s all-time leader in games played and is second among current players in games skated. He has three goals and 11 assists this season.

Fans can vote online at hobeybaker.com/vote through March 6 for this round of voting.

Joseph Nardi

After the top 10 are announced, more online voting runs through March 27. The three finalists will be named on March 31 with the winner announced April 8.

Former Mining Journal sportswriter Ryan Stieg was also a former Hobey Baker Committee voter.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

This is a promotional poster/graphic touting the two Northern Michigan University players nominated to win college hockey's top honor, the Hobey Baker Award. (Courtesy NMU)


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