When the polls opened recently for fan balloting for college hockey’s prestigious Hobey Baker award, three former Monarchs were recognized. Senior Forward Paul Thompson at the University of New Hampshire, Senior Forward Denny Kearney at Yale University, and Senior Forward Ian O’Connor at Providence College. All three are on pace to nearly double their previous collegiate statistic highs. Kearney has been an instrumental member of the currently ranked number one Yale squad, while Thompson is an equally important piece of the puzzle at number four UNH. O’Connor has been a crucial stalwart both on the ice and off, room as he captains Providence, currently 7th in the Hockey East standings. All three were key members to the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs Championship teams of 2006 and 2007.