Boyd Earns NCAA and Big Ten Honors

by Ben Gotz

Travis Boyd's senior year just keeps getting better.

After scoring the first hat trick of his career Saturday night against Ohio State, part of a four goal weekend for the forward, Boyd was honored by both his conference and the NCAA at large.

"It was a special moment," Boyd said of his hat trick. "I just got asked when my last hat trick was and it must’ve been high school hockey. It’s been a while."

Boyd was given the Big Ten's First Star of the Week, as well as the NCAA's Third Star of the Week on Tuesday.

With four goals over the weekend, Boyd is now the Gophers leading goal scorer with 13 goals, the same amount he had combined his previous three seasons.

Boyd is also third on the team in points with 25, despite missing seven games because of a lower body injury he suffered playing against St. Cloud State.

Since returning from his injury, Boyd has 20 points in 14 games. He leads the NCAA in shooting percentage at .325. He's also best in the Big Ten in power-play goals (7) and game-winning goals (6).

The Washington Capitals prospect, still only 21 years old, has certainly come a long way since scoring just one goal as a freshman.