|Each year, the Hobey Baker Foundation honors one of the all-time great contributors to the game of college hockey. Without question, these individuals have left their valuable trademark on the collegiate game. They have led the way in all aspects of the game, from playing to coaching and even creating the rules. It’s through their commitment to the game that fans everywhere can enjoy today’s exciting world of college hockey.|
2019 Legend of College Hockey
Widely recognized as the architect of University of Vermont hockey, Cross coached the Catamounts to one of the most impressive Division II records in history and guided the program to its entry into Division I hockey.
Taking over a Vermont program in its’ third year of existence for the 1965-66 season, Cross led the Cats for the next nine seasons in ECAC Division II hockey, culminating in back-to-back ECAC II championships in 1973 and 1974. Vermont then moved to Division I competition for the 1974-75 season, as Cross guided the “Cinderella Catamounts” to a third place finish in the ECAC standings (12-5 conference, 24-12 overall) and a third place finish in the ECAC playoff championships. Cross then added nine more seasons of Vermont hockey to his coaching resume, retiring from coaching following the 1983-84 campaign. Over his 19 years of coaching the green and gold, Jim Cross compiled a 280-251-9 record.
The Legends of College Hockey
Often referred to as the father of UMass Lowell hockey, coach Riley took over a fledgling program in 1969, built it into an NCAA Division II national power and ultimately moved Lowell into Division I hockey as a charter member of Hockey East in 1984.
He is the only man to serve as head coach of four Division I college hockey programs, and is widely acknowledged as having either built or rebuilt three of the four programs he coached.
Everyone recalls the greatest sports achievement of any coach in this or any lifetime — defeating the mighty Soviet Union and winning the 1980 Olympic Gold Medal for the United States.
John "Snooks" Kelley was coach of the Boston College Eagles ice hockey team for 36 years. Kelley won the 1949 NCAA ice hockey title and was the first coach to win 500 games in the NCAA.