Langley's Danton Heinen — who captained the Surrey Eagles during his junior hockey days — is on the initial list of Hobey Baker Award nominees. Also on the list is former Langley Rivermen player Mario Puskarich (below). The Hobey Baker Award is presented in April to the top NCAA university hockey player.

Langley's Danton Heinen — who captained the Surrey Eagles during his junior hockey days — is on the initial list of Hobey Baker Award nominees. Also on the list is former Langley Rivermen player Mario Puskarich (below). The Hobey Baker Award is presented in April to the top NCAA university hockey player.

Langley hockey players need votes

Danton Heinen and Mario Puskarich on initial list of Hobey Baker finalists

Danton Heinen and Mario Puskarich are among the B.C. Hockey League alumni in the initial stages of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award voting.

Heinen is from Langley and played in the Langley Minor Hockey Association before joining the Surrey Eagles.

Puskarich is from Florida but played his junior hockey with the Langley Rivermen.

They are among 11 BCHL alum — out of the 66 on the total ballot from the ranks of the NCAA — who were announced as nominees at this stage by the NCAA.

Heinen is a Boston Bruins draft pick currently player for the Denver Pioneers.

The 20-year-old was selected in the fourth round (116th overall) of the 2014 NHL draft.

The six-foot 165-pound centre is in his sophomore season with the Pioneers.

Pusksarich is in his junior season with the Vermount Catamounts.

In his final season with Langley back in 2013, he won the BCHL scoring title.

Fan voting is currently open — people can vote once per day for their choice — with the list to be narrowed down to first 10 finalists, and then finally the three nominees.

Voting can be done at the Hobey Baker Award Facebook page.

Criteria for choosing the finalists is weighted with fan voting accounting for a minority percentage.

The winner will be named during the NCAA Frozen Four April 7 to 9.

Garrett James/BCHL file photo