A night after a very disappointing end to his season, Kevin Porter became the second Wolverine in history to win the Hobey Baker, beating out Nate Gerbe and Ryan Jones in the process. There is an eery parallel with Brendan Morrison, who won his Hobey a night after the heavily-favored Wolverines were eliminated in the semifinals by Boston University.
Congrats to Kevin. This is a major accomplishment and even if this season didn't end the way we all wanted it to, he has nothing to be ashamed of. Out of all the greats that have come through this program, just he and Morrison have been honored this way, and that's lofty company to be in.
I met Porter and Jones at the Hobey Hat Trick autograph session (Gerbe was excluded because BC is still playing) and both of them seemed like really good kids. Porter was very friendly to everyone and had a smile on his face most of the time I was there even though he had to be hurting. Jones has cut his hair and looks completely different. He was a really nice guy as well.
Porter was also named a West First Team All-American. Kolarik was on the West's Second Team.