A former member of the Wellington Dukes is making big waves south of the border in the NCAA ranks, and now is getting major recognition after being nominated for the Hobey Baker Award; the NCAA most prestigious award.

Declan Carlile, now with the Merrimack College Warriors in the NCAA, spent one season with the Dukes in 2017-18 where he played a major roll in helping the Dukes reach the RBC Cup final. His big season, in which he put up 39 points (6 goals, 33 assists) helped earn him an NCAA Division 1 Scholarship to the North Andover, Massachusetts University.

A press release from Merrimack College stated “Carlile has developed into one of the top defenders in Hockey East during his second season in North Andover. He missed the team’s first four games, but has still totaled three points on a goal and two assists in eight games and holds the Warriors’ top plus/minus rating at +3. His three blocked shots per game ranks him first in Hockey East and second in the nation.”

Considered the top award in all of college hockey, the honor is given to someone who “exhibits strength and character, both on and off the ice. Contributes to the integrity of the team; displays outstanding skills in all phases of the game and shows scholastic achievement and sportsmanship.