March 31, 2004
PROVIDECE, RI - - Brown University senior goalie Yann Danis (Saint Jerome, QUE) has been named a top-three finalist for the 2004 Hobey Baker Award, given to the top collegiate men's ice hockey player in the country. Joining Danis in the "Hobey Hat-Trick" is North Dakota's Zach Parise and Minnesota-Duluth's Junior Lessard.
Only the second player in ECAC history to be honored as Player of the Year and receive the Ken Dryden Award as the leagues best netminder in the same season, Danis was named both First Team All-ECAC and First Team All-Ivy. The 2004 Ivy League Player of the Year, Danis helped to lead Brown to its best ECAC finish since 1995, while leading the team to its first Ivy League Championship since 1995.
Danis has had a tremendous career at Brown with 43 career wins, which ties the school career mark set by Kevin McCabe '77. He holds ECAC records for season save percentage (.948) and career shutouts (13). Danis also set the Brown career save percentage record (.930) and the Brown career goals against average record (2.20). His save percentage of .942 ranks second in the nation (first in the ECAC) and his goals against average of 1.81 ranks third in the nation.
A five-time ECAC Goalie of the Week and one-time ECAC Player of the Week, Danis recently signed a two year deal with the Montreal Canadiens. He is currently playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) and posted a 22-save shutout victory in his AHL debut.
The committee and fan balloting determined the 2004 Hat Trick Finalists. The winner of the 2004 Hobey Baker Award will be announced at the Frozen Four at Faneuil Hall in Boston on April 9 at 2:30 PM EDT. The announcement will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net.