Character Builds Excellence


It Starts with Character.

Success in life, much like success in hockey, demands more than skill alone. It demands a positive attitude, an excellent work ethic, and a will to succeed, no matter how hard it can be.

Quite simply, it demands character. That’s the true power of student athletics and why we honor the players who give their best for the team.

In 2003 we established the Hobey Baker High School Character Award to honor high school hockey players who exemplify the Hobey Baker ideal that "Character Builds Excellence." Candidates for a High School Hobey Baker Award are selected by their coaches, based on the following criteria:

    •     Integrity and positive attitude
    •     Coachability
    •     Outstanding sportsmanship
    •     Community spirit

Each year, a single senior hockey player from each participating high school is selected by his or her coach to be honored by teammates and celebrated by the school and the community for outstanding individual performance on and off the ice.

Winners receive a personalized commemorative plaque – and a distinction shared by some of the top players to ever hit the ice: Hobey Baker winner.