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Wisconsin's Cole Caufield wins Hobey Baker Award as NCAA Division I's top player

Wisconsin sophomore forward Cole Caufield was announced as the winner of the Hobey Baker Award on Friday as the top player in NCAA Division I hockey.

Caufield, a first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2019, won the award over North Dakota forward Shane Pinto and Minnesota State goalie Dryden McKay.

"It obviously means a lot to me. It means a lot to my school back at Wisconsin," Caufield told NHL Network. "I couldn't be more honored and privileged to receive this award. It's something that I was working for the whole year, so it feels pretty good."

Caufield, 20 led the nation in multiple categories this season, including goals (30), total points (52), power-play goals (11), power-play points (24) and shots on goal (165).

He is the second Wisconsin player to win the award, joining forward Blake Geoffrion, who won it in 2010.

Caufield also made his professional debut in the American Hockey League on Friday, scoring twice and adding an assist in the Laval Rocket's 5-3 victory over the Toronto Marlies.