Nominees for the 2023 Hobey Baker Memorial Award have been announced, with Bowling Green State University hockey standout sophomore Austen Swankler earning a nomination.
The forward currently leads the conference assists (21), and points (36), while tying for the league lead in goals (15). He has earned CCHA Forward of the Week twice (Oct. 3 and Jan. 9) and CCHA Forward of the Month once (December).
Nationally, he ranks second in points, is tied for third in goals, and fifth in assists. In December, he was named HCA National Player of the Month, the second Falcon to ever earn that honor.
Swankler is currently riding an NCAA-best 16-game scoring streak, tallying 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points. The Falcons are 12-4 in that span, with eight of those games featuring multi-point efforts by Swankler.
He has 10 multi-point games, which is the most in the conference and tied for second-most in the nation. He is the only player in the country with at least 15 goals and 15 assists, and he is tied for ninth in the nation with three game-winning goals.
The center has also been the strongest contributor on Bowling Green’s power play unit, tallying a team-best 14 power play points. The Falcons rank second in the conference and sixth in the country in power play percentage (25.7%), while leading the conference and ranking third nationally in power play goals (27).
He has a plus/minus rating of +8 on the season, ranking second on the team and tying for third in the CCHA. Through 61 career games, Swankler has 23 goals and 39 assists for 62 points.
Swankler is currently pursuing a degree in Sport Management and maintains a 3.54 cumulative GPA. Last season, he was named to the CCHA All-Academic Team.
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