Another former Tomahawk is in the running for an award at the collegiate level. Current Mercyhurst University forward and Tomahawks alumni, Carson Briere, is nominated for the NCAA’s Hobey Baker Award for the second season in a row.
The Hobey Baker Award is an annual award given to the top NCAA men’s hockey player. It is named for Hall of Famer Hobey Baker, who played college hockey at Princeton University and died shortly after World War I. This season will be the 42nd time that the trophy will be awarded, and a very special familiar face has found himself on that list of nominees.
Forward Carson Briere joined the Tomahawks during the 2017-18 season, after being picked up from the Philadelphia Rebels (currently Jamestown Rebels).He went on to skate in 39 games for the Hawks that season, picking up 10 goals and 12 assists.
The following season (18-19) saw the Haddonfield, New Jersey native improve his numbers during the regular season, as he recorded 44 goals and 45 assists in 59 games. He also added five goals and nine assists in 12 games during the Tomahawks run to the Robertson Cup semi-final.
The right-handed shooter then went on to spend the 2019-20 season in the BCHL with the Trail Smoke Eaters, skating in 24 games with the club and picking up three goals and nine assists.
Briere began his college career in the 2020-21 season, playing DI hockey at Mercyhurst University. In his freshman year, Briere picked up 19 points (5G, 14A) in 21 games. Now currently playing in his sophomore year, he has tallied eight goals and five assists in 12 games. These numbers have earned him a nomination for the Hobey Baker Award for the second year in a row, representing the Erie, PA university.