MSU's Taro Hirose, UM's Quinn Hughes named Hobey Baker finalists

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Michigan State forward Taro Hirose, left, was named a Hobey Baker finalist.

Two stars from Michigan are among the finalists for college hockey's top individual prize.

Michigan State forward Taro Hirose and Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes were announced Tuesday among the 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

A player from Michigan hasn't won the award since 2011 — left wing Andy Miele, who grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods before attending college at Miami of Ohio.

Hirose emerged this season, his junior year, as one of the top scorers in the country, logging 15 goals and 35 assists in 36 games. He was the Big Ten player of the year, and then signed with the Red Wings after the season. Hirose made his professional debut Tuesday, notching an assist in a 3-2 win over the Rangers.

Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes was named a Hobey Baker finalist.

Hughes finished his sophomore season with five goals and 28 assists in 32 games and was named Big Ten defensive player of the year, before the former No. 7 overall pick signed with the Vancouver Canucks.

Hughes is the older brother of Jack Hughes, considered the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft.

Fan voting for the 10 Hobey Baker finalists runs through March 31, when three finalists will be named. The winner will be announced April 12.

Hobey Baker winners from Michigan

►Kip Miller, C, Michigan State (Lansing), 1990

►Brendan Morrison, C, Michigan, 1997

►Ryan Miller, G, Michigan State (East Lansing), 2001

►Kevin Porter, C, Michigan (Northville), 2008

►Andy Miele, LW, Miami of Ohio (Grosse Pointe Woods), 2011

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