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Prep boys hockey photo: Madison West's Drake Baldwin

Madison West's Drake Baldwin, left, and Madison Memorial's Parker Lindauer compete for possession of the puck during the third period of Memorial's 5-1 win in the championship game of the Culver's Cup boys hockey tournament at the Madison Ice Arena in Madison, Wis. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL

Madison West forward Drake Baldwin and Verona defenseman Jake Osiecki are among the eight finalists for the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association boys hockey player of the year, according to an announcement Monday from the organization on WisconsinPrepHockey.net.

The list of finalists includes five forwards, two goaltenders and one defenseman.

Twenty-five nominations were submitted by WHCA coaches. Voting narrowed the list to eight.

The player of the year/state tournament banquet is scheduled Feb. 27 at the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall.

The finalists are: Gavin Abric, goalie, Hayward; Drake Baldwin, forward, Madison West; Cole Danielson, forward, Hudson; Garrett Larsen, goalie, Waukesha North co-op; Robby Newton, forward, University School of Milwaukee; Jake Osiecki, defenseman, Verona; Jack Rhode, forward, Northland Pines; and Sam Stange, forward, Eau Claire North.

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.