Miami University’s Andy Miele, who signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Coyotes April 2, won the 2011 Hobey Baker Award Friday night. The award, given annually to the NCAA’s best hockey player, was presented at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minn.
The 5-foot-9, 180 pound Miele had an outstanding 2010-11 season, leading the RedHawks and the entire NCAA with 24 goals and 71 points in just 39 games. Miele averaged an impressive 1.82 points per game while his 24 goals tied for 10th in the country. His 71 points are 11 more than anyone else in the nation this year and the most since Colorado College’s Peter Sejna totaled 82 points in 2002-03.
The 22-year-old native of Grosse Pointe Woods, Mich., has earned several honors this year, including being named the CCHA Player of the Year and CCHA Tournament MVP after leading the RedHawks to their first Mason Cup in school history in March.