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Character Makes the Game Better


Character. Excellence. A love for the game. Sportsmanship.


These are the values that shaped the legend of Hobey Baker. The Hobey Baker Award committee believes that adversity builds character, and character builds excellence. Character makes the game better.


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 the circumstances.


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." We believe that character makes the game better and it makes our players better.  Candidates for a High School Hobey Baker Award are selected by their coaches, based on the following criteria: 


  • Coachability
  • Strength of character
  • Integrity
  • Commitment
  • Teamwork
  • Community leadership
  • Outstanding sportsmanship.


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.  Because their presence makes the game better, we want them to be a part of Hobey Baker’s Legend. 


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


Go to our Past Winners