The hard-hitting, goal-scoring, 200-foot playing, neutral-zone menace known as Trevor Hamilton was announced as a finalist for the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year on Wednesday. He was named alongside a pair of Notre Dame Golden Domers, forward Jake Evans and defenseman Jordan Gross.
Hamilton, a senior, transferred from Miami (Ohio) and is wrapping up his second and final year in Hockey Valley. He made his presence known from day one, and will go down as one of the hardest hitters in program history. He also provided a ton of reliable offense from the team's second pairing in both seasons.
He led all Big Ten defensemen in scoring this season with 29 points in 36 games, and he leads all players in the conference with 101 blocked shots and by being on the ice for 44 even-strength or shorthanded goals.
Penn State and Hamilton will be back in action as they take on the two other finalists in South Bend on Saturday. They'll meet Notre Dame in a single-game semifinal in the Big Ten Tournament at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.