TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Harvard senior forward Jimmy Vesey won the Hobey Baker Award on Friday as the top player in college hockey, edging Michigan freshman forward Kyle Connor and Boston College junior goalie Thatcher Demko.

“I’m just honored to be here and honored to receive the award,” Vesey said. “I can’t say it enough, congrats to Kyle and Thatcher on their seasons, because they were both equally deserving of this award.”

Vesey, from North Reading, Massachusetts, is the fourth Harvard player to win the award, following Mark Fusco in 1983, Scott Fusco in 1986 and Lane MacDonald in 1989.

Vesey had 24 goals and 22 assists in 33 games this season. Drafted 66th overall by Nashville in 2012, he has elected to become a free agent. Nashville will lose his rights Aug. 15.

“I think I just wanted to finish what I started at Harvard and make sure I’m around for the next month or so of school to graduate and walk at graduation and receive my diploma,” Vesey said.


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