Richmond Hill native Giancarlo Iuorio, a member of the Niagara University Purple Eagles, is being considered for the Hobey Baker award — U.S. college hockey’s most valuable player award.

Richmond Hill native Giancarlo Iuorio, a member of the Niagara University Purple Eagles, is being considered for the Hobey Baker award — U.S. college hockey’s most valuable player award.

A Richmond Hill resident and former member of the Markham Waxers Jr. A club has made the first cut for U.S. college hockey’s most valuable player award.

Giancarlo Iuorio, a 23-year-old forward, in his senior year with the Niagara University Purple Eagles, has been included in the initial voting phase for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

Playing with the Waxers for three seasons from 2006-09 and currently serving as an assistant captain for the Purple Eagles, Iuorio was a two-time Atlantic Hockey Association Player of the Week recipient and player of the month for November.

He is tied for third in the National Collegiate Athletic Association in goals (12) through 18 games played and goals-per game (0.67).  

His 1.11 points-per game places him 24th in the NCAA, while his four power-play tallies put him in the 22nd spot.

Majoring in sport management, Iuorio became the first Purple Eagle to net three consecutive 20-point seasons since former Thornhill Thunderbird Egor Mironov and Chris Moran achieved it during the 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.

In addition, he’s just 12 points away from joining the 100-point club that only 13 Purple Eagles have attained.

Award criteria include candidates emulating the character traits exhibited by the award’s namesake, Hobey Baker, a First World War flying star better known as America’s greatest amateur athlete in his day.  

Award candidates must demonstrate strength of character, both on and off the ice, contribute to the integrity of his team and display outstanding skills in all phases of the game.  

Consideration is given to scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.

Finalists for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award are determined by an initial round of balloting by all 58 Division I college coaches; the top 10 names then advance to the award’s selection committee composed of media, National Hockey League scouts, college hockey coaches and supervisors of officials.

A fan vote conducted online at hobeybaker.com allows college hockey fans a one-percent vote in each round of balloting.