WHCA Announces Finalists for Hockey Player of the Year

The eight finalists for the WHCA Player of the Year were announced Monday. Two goaltenders, a defenseman, and five forwards are in this year's final group, narrowed down from 25 semifinalists.

The finalists are:

  • Gavin Abric, G, Hayward
  • Drake Baldwin, F, Madison West
  • Cole Danielson, F, Hudson
  • Garrett Larsen, G, Waukesha
  • Robby Newton, F, University School
  • Jake Osiecki, D, Verona
  • Jack Rhode, F, Northland Pines
  • Sam Stange, F, Eau Claire North

Players will be honored the day before the state hockey tournament begins at Alliant Energy Center, on February 27. Jack Gorniak, of West Salem/Bangor, won the award last year. Gorniak now skates for the Wisconsin Badgers.

Photo: Jimmie Kaska

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