March 18, 2004
Brown University senior goaltender Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE) has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2004 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, announced today by the Hobey Baker Foundation. The Hobey Baker Award is presented annually to the top hockey player in college hockey. Criteria that is considered is strength of character on and off the ice, along with scholastic achievements and sportsmanship. In addition to Danis, The players chosen for this year's Top Ten also include Keith Ballard (Minnesota), Brandon Bochenski (North Dakota), Derek Edwardson (Miami), Junior Lessard (Minnesota-Duluth), Zach Parise (North Dakota), Thomas Pock (UMass), Steve Saviano (New Hampshire), Jim Slater (Michigan State), and Tony Voce (Boston College).
Danis, the 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year and a First Team All-Ivy selection, helped to lead Brown to its first Ivy League Championship since 1995. A five-time ECAC Goalie of the Week selection, Danis leads the ECAC in save percentage and is second in the nation in that category (.942). He is also third in the country in goals against average at 1.81. He is also the Brown record holder in career shutouts (13), shutouts in a season (5), goals against average in a season (1.81), and save percentage in a season (.942), Danis tied the Brown record for career wins with his 43rd victory in the regular-season final against Vermont.
In addition, with a career goals against average of 2.20, Danis shattered the Brown record in that category, along with the Brown career save percentage record, finishing with a .930 career save percentage.
The Bears finished the season with a 15-11-5 record, posting a back-to-back winning season for the first time since 1995.
The next phase of the award will be the announcement of the Hobey Hat Trick (Final 3) candidates, which will be announced March 31, 2004, followed by the announcement of the 2004 Hobey Baker Award winner at the Frozen Four in Boston, on April 9, 2004, at 2:30 p.m.