APPLE VALLEY, Minn., April 11 (UPI) -- Colorado College left wing Peter Sejna experienced the thrill of scoring his first career NHL goal last Sunday for the St. Louis Blues.
On Friday, college hockey's leading scorer was awarded the Hobey Baker Award.
A native of Slovakia, Sejna became the first European born player to win college hockey's most prestigious award.
Chris Kunitz of Ferris State, who recently signed with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, and Cornell goaltender Dave LeNeveu were the other finalists for the award.
Sejna led the nation with 36 goals and 82 points, while finishing second in assists (46) and game-winning goals (8). The Western Collegiate Hockey Association Player of the Year recorded a point in all but one contest and helped the Tigers to their sixth NCAA Tournament bid since 1994.
At one point, Sejna had a school record 31-game scoring streak. Amazingly, he had multiple-point efforts in 27 games.
Last Sunday, Sejna was signed by the Blues and victimized future Hall of Famer Patrick Roy for his first NHL goal, flipping the puck over the goalie from the side of the net on a power play with 13 seconds left in the second period.
Kunitz had 35 goals and 44 assists in just 42 games and led the Bulldogs to a school-record 31 wins this season.
LeNeveu posted the best goals-against average in college hockey history (1.14) and guided Cornell to the Frozen Four. But he allowed three goals in the first two periods of a 3-2 loss to New Hampshire in the national semifinals on Thursday.