Hobey Baker Exhibit Sponsored by Warrior Hockey to Open at the Sports Museum In Boston
January 8th 2010
Boston, MA -
Hobey Baker is coming to Massachusetts. Oh, but he's no stranger to New England. As a hockey player back in the 1900s, Baker got his start at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire before going on to Princeton University and the St. Nick's Athletic Club. Baker dazzled crowds everywhere with his grace and unparalleled skills. Now, the trophy bearing his name honors the nation's top collegiate hockey player and has been awarded several times over the years to players in the region.
Thanks to the generous support of Warrior Hockey, the original Hobey Baker trophy will be on display at The Sports Museum located on Levels 5 and 6 of the TD Garden in Boston, Mass. Opening in late January 2010, the exhibit featuring the trophy as its centerpiece will celebrate the legacy of Hobey Baker and the legendary college players from New England who have won the award.
"Next to the Heisman Trophy, the Hobey Baker is the most prestigious award in all of college sports," said Rusty Sullivan, Executive Director of The Sports Museum. "We are naturally honored to have it on display here at The Sports Museum. The fact that the student-athletes who have won the award embody such great qualities of character and spirit makes the Hobey Baker a perfect fit for our museum and our mission."
Also through the support of Warrior Hockey, the Hobey Baker High School Character Award will continue to honor high school hockey players in Massachusetts. The award is presented to the boy or girl on each high school hockey team in Massachusetts who best exemplifies sportsmanship, integrity and character – the same traits that defined Hobey Baker himself.
"We are very pleased to add the high school award to Massachusetts. In five years, we are now bringing the Hobey Baker High School Character Award to 15 states and honoring more than 1500 players. This is a truly special award for these kids because it doesn't always go the best player but rather to the best kid," said Hobey Baker Executive Director Les Larson.
"We are extremely excited to be associated with the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and enable Sports Museum visitors to see the trophy and learn more about the great athletes who are part of its vibrant history," says Larry O'Donnell, US Sales Director for Warrior Hockey. "We are also proud to help recognize and reward the exemplary character demonstrated by Massachusetts high school hockey players through this sponsorship."
Hobey Baker was known as America's top amateur athlete in the early 1900's and excelled in hockey and football at Princeton University. Tragically, he was killed while testing a repaired aircraft following the conclusion of World War I while serving in France. His legend lives on in the collegiate and high school awards bearing his name.
For more information on Hobey Baker, please visit our website:www.hobeybaker.com. For more on The Sports Museum, please visit: www.sportsmuseum.org. For more information on Warrior Hockey, please visit www.warrior.com.