UMD defenseman Scott Perunovich wins Hobey Baker Award

Perunovich is the sixth player in UMD history to win the award.
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Minnesota-Duluth's Scott Perunovich has won the 2020 Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the top player in NCAA Men's Ice Hockey. 

He is the sixth player in program history to win the award joining Tom Kurvers (1984), Bill Watson (1985), Chris Marinucci (1994), Junior Lessard (2004) and Jack Connolly (2012).

Perunovich beat out North Dakota forward Jordan Kawaguchi and Maine goaltender Jeremy Swayman for the award and cashed in on a brilliant junior season for the Bulldogs.

The defenseman set an NCAA record for points by a defenseman this season, registering 40 points in 34 games. For his career, Perunovich put up 105 points in 115 career games and was a two-time All-American in his freshman and sophomore seasons and will likely be one this season.

With Perunovich's play as a key reason for their success, the Bulldogs were defending back-to-back national championships and were looking for the first three-peat in college hockey since Michigan did it from 1951-53.

The Bulldogs were well on their way defending that title, being ranked fifth in the nation when the remainder of the season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Perunovich, who is a native of Hibbing, Minn., was selected with the 45th pick of the 2018 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues. Perunovich signed an entry-level contract with St. Louis back in March and would be eligible to play if the NHL resumes its season later this year. 

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