Robert Morris' Wydo named finalist for Hobey Baker Award
Robert Morris senior captain Cody Wydo was a Hobey Baker Award candidate last season, considered among the best Division I hockey players in the country.
As Wydo's overall game expanded, so did his recognition. This season, Wydo was named one of 10 finalists for Division I hockey's equivalent to the Heisman Trophy.
“It's a good feeling,” said Wydo, a native of Southgate, Mich., who leads the Colonials into the Atlantic Hockey Tournament semifinals at 5 p.m. Friday against Mercyhurst. “It's my first time making the top 10. That just makes it extra special.”
Wydo is the Colonials' all-time leader in goals (84), points (148), games (150), plus-minus rating (plus-54) and short-handed goals (6).
Hobey Baker finalists are judged on their skill, scholastic achievement and strength of character on and off the ice. The 27-member selection committee will announce a winner April 10 at the Frozen Four in Boston. Finalists were selected by all 59 coaches and online fan balloting at HobeyBakerAward.com.
“It's the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy and the Naismith Award in basketball,” Robert Morris coach Derek Schooley said. “It just shows what a tremendous year he's had, a tremendous career. He scores goals and produces offense, but the back side of his game is better. He's become better defensively. He's killing penalties. He's blocking shots. He's contributing a lot of different ways than just on the scoresheet.”
Wydo, the first Robert Morris player to be a Hobey Baker finalist, said his recognition also brings attention to his school.
“It gives us national recognition,” said Wydo, who has 41 points (19 goals, 22 assists) this season in helping the Colonials win their first regular-season Atlantic Hockey Conference title. “Kids will know where Robert Morris is and want to come here and play and continue their career.”
Said Schooley: “There's a lot of good college hockey players. Cody deserves this recognition. He's earned that recognition. If he gets the award, more power to him. If he doesn't, still, this is a tremendous honor, and he should be very proud, and we're very proud of him for that.”
Note: Schooley was named the Atlantic Hockey Coach of the Year on Thursday evening. Schooley, in his 11th season leading Robert Morris, followed up last year's AHC postseason title by guiding the No. 20 Colonials (22-7-5, 19-5-4) to their best regular season. Conference coaches voted on the award.