Colgate University star Kyle Baun has been named as a nominee for the prestigious 2015 Hobey Baker award as top NCAA men’s hockey player.
Baun. Yes, Baun. Bobby Baun, legendary Toronto Maple Leafs defender and 1964 Stanley Cup hero, is his grandfather.
“He’s told me quite a few stories and I’ve seen him play on Leafs TV (which sometimes broadcasts tapes of old Toronto games). The game has changed, obviously, but you always hear about the one famous story,” Baun said.
The elder Baun famously scored an overtime game winning goal on a broken ankle in the Stanley Cup final.
He may be referred to as Bobby Baun's grandson on the national level, but on campus and on NCAA ice, Kyle Baun is known more as the triplet. He stars on a line with twins Tyson and Tyler Spink.
"It's different playing with them. They kind of do their own thing. They've been playing together for such a long time they know where each other are and will be. I try to get them the puck and let them do their own thing. I'm a bit bigger, so I try to be physical and get them the puck."
Kyle Baun, 22, was never drafted by a NHL team, though he, along with the Spink twins, has attended the Detroit Red Wings development camp in 2014. Baun has also attended Boston's development camp. All three remain unrestricted free agents.