Windjammer Robbins nabs first Hobey Baker Character AwardCamden Hills senior earns distinction for character, sportsmanship
Rockport — The Hobey Baker Award is perhaps the most significant honor bestowed on collegiate ice hockey players, an honor given annually to that season's top overall player from across the nation.
This year, granted on a smaller scale, youths from Maine will have the opportunity to earn a similar distinction.
The Maine Hockey Coaches' Association, in conjunction with the Hobey Baker Foundation, will host their first Hobey Baker High School Character Award program.
While the collegiate award is given to the nation's top player, the high school award will recognize student-athletes for displaying exemplary character and sportsmanship in their schools and communities.
The award will be given annually to one high school senior from each of the state's participating boys and girls varsity hockey programs.
Thus, the inaugural award is given to Camden Hills senior defenseman Cal Robbins. The Windjammers are the only area high school varsity hockey team.
"Cal displays all the characteristics that embody the Hobey Baker Character Award," said Windjammer coach Karl Enroth. "Besides displaying outstanding skills that make him one of the best defensemen in Class B West, Cal is a team captain on our young Camden Hills hockey team, very coachable, and a top-10 percent student in his senior class."
"The spirit of the 2012-2013 Hobey Baker High School Character Award is to acknowledge that it takes more than hockey skills to develop great student-athletes and the development of exemplary character and sportsmanship in our high school hockey players is a vitally important aspect of the student-athlete experience," said Mike Tausek, Maine State Director of the Hobey Baker Character Award Program. "We are honored to participate in this important award and recognize these outstanding high school students in Maine as we believe that character builds excellence."
Robbins also is a member of the school's student council and mathematics team, in addition to helping with freshmen orientation, "setting a fine example for the underclassmen starting with academics and leadership that continues as a athlete as well," said Enroth.
As of Feb. 5, Robbins was among the leaders in Class B West in scoring for defensemen with two goals and 13 assists. Camden Hills is undefeated and ranked first in its region.
Baker is widely regarded as one of the best athletes of his time, one of the best early American hockey players and was one of the initial inductees into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973. He also was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
On the ice, Baker's ability, as great as it was, was topped by his sportsmanship and he is perhaps known for that more than his playing skills. He always was counted on to visit the opposition's locker room after every game, shake every player's hand and congratulate them on a fine game, regardless of who won, according to a press release.
The Hobey Baker Award was first given to a player at the collegiate level in 1980.
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