|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.|
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.