Wednesday, February 01, 2006

King's Hobey Campaign Draws National Media

Danny King Receives "National Props" from the boys at CSTV....

The "National Media" has jumped on a story that we all knew was "hot" from the get go. In this case it is Denver's Third String goalie Danny King. King has worked as hard as any other player on the team over his career at DU and made just as many sacrifices. Yet when the game starts he is on the bench encouraging the other players without the glory. At "Let's Go DU" we decided to do something about it, and now CSTV's Website has picked up on the story...
CSTV Article
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THE LINE-UP: Top Six Players Looking Up At Danny King in the "Vote For Hobey" Standings
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One of my favorite college hockey blogs - besides my own Rink Rat blog, of course - is D.G. Goddard's "Let's Go DU" blog, which is where I was first introduced to the ferocious campaign supporting Denver third goalie Danny King for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award. I haven't had a chance to see King play, although I did see the Pioneers at UMass back in November, but I clearly must be missing something (along with everyone else who didn't see Denver's preseason game against Lakehead, where King stopped 6 of 7 first-period shots to pick up the win). Just look at the talent that King has a leg up on in the fan voting for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.
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Brian Boyle, Boston College - The L.A. Kings obviously think a lot more of Boyle than the Hobey fan voters, as the Eagles center was a first-round draft pick in 2003. The future King's 320 points are just three points short of Danny King's total, but when you're 6'7", you're probably not used to coming up short too often.
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Drew Stafford, North Dakota - Stafford has made an impression over the past couple of weeks, breaking into the CSTV Hobey Baker Watch. He hasn't made quite the same impression with the fans, as the rarely-seen Denver goalie has the upper hand in the fan vote standings.

Joe Fallon, Vermont - In under two seasons at Vermont, the Bemidji native has broken the school shutout record, which was previously held by Tim Thomas. Apparently, though, with only 268 points in the fan voting, he's no Danny King.

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Phil Kessel, Minnesota - Before Kessel had even committed to Minnesota, a mountain of hype grew up surrounding him to the point where winning the Hobey might be the only way to live up to it. With Kessel having 35 fewer points than King in the fan voting (323 to 288), however, somehow it doesn't seem to be in the cards.
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Cory Schneider, Boston College - He's the Hockey East co-Player of the Week. He's allowed two goals in five games since he returned from the World Junior Championships. He plays for the No. 1 team in the country. But in the Vote for Hobey standings, his 272 points leave him 53 behind King.
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Peter Mannino, Denver - Now it gets interesting. I can understand Pioneer fans getting behind King to have some fun with the Hobey fan voting. When I was in college, my fraternity used to run a dead hedgehog named Snead Hearn for Student Government every single year (he once won a Class Council seat, actually). However, it's certainly odd that more Denver fans would vote for the third goalie who hasn't seen a minute of regular-season action in his career than the man who backstopped their team to a National Championship and earned Frozen Four MVP honors in the process. Not that I'm comparing Danny King to a dead hedgehog, mind you, but it's not like the dead hedgehog has any less playing time this season.
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Elliot Olshansky is an assistant editor for CSTV.com. As the Rink Rat, he is travelling to and covering over 65 men's and women's college hockey games this season.

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