Chicago Blackhawks prospect was named a top 10 finalist for the 2016 Hobey Baker Award on Wednesday morning.
The Hobey Baker Award is an annual award given to the top men's player since 1981. It's named for World Ward I veteran Hobey Baker, who played at Princeton. Baker was the lone American among the nine members inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 1945.
Motte, a 2013 fourth-round draft pick, has 29 goals and 50 points in 34 games during his junior season at Michigan. The St. Clair, Mich. native's 29 goals ranks second in the nation while his 1.47 points-per-game average is third-best among all Division I players. Kevin Porter was the last Michigan player to win the award in 2008.
The other top 10 are: JT Compher (Sabres) and Kyle Connor of Michigan (Jets), Thatcher Demko of Boston College (Canucks), Zac Lynch of Robert Morris, Alex Lyon of Yale (undrafted), Alex Petan of Michigan Tech, Andrew Poturaiski of New Hampshire (Hurricanes), Ethan Prow of St. Cloud State and Jimmy Vesey of Harvard (Predators).
The top 10 finalists will now be voted on by a 27-member selection committee and through a second round of fan balloting (March 17-27) to determine the Hobey Hat Trick of three finalists, which will be announced on Thursday, March 31. The 2016 Hobey Baker Memorial Award will be presented on Friday, April 8, at the Tampa Theatre during the Frozen Four in Tampa, Fla.