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High school ice hockey

Windjammer Delehey named Hobey Baker award recipient

Senior defenseman helped Camden Hills put 'pod' championship on ice
By Zack Miller | Mar 29, 2021
Photo by: Zack Miller Camden Hills' Nolan Delehey.

Camden — Camden Hills senior defenseman Nolan Delehey has been selected one of 32 boys and 14 girls statewide as a Hobey Baker High School Character Award recipient.

Vin Contento, Maine Director of the Hobey Baker High School Character Award, announced 46 high school ice hockey winners on Monday, March 29.

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.

Established in 2003, the award honors high school hockey players who exemplify the Hobey Baker ideal that "Character Builds Excellence." The Hobey Baker committee believes character makes the game better and makes our players better, Contento said.

Delehey was a key player for the Windjammers in their "pod" playoff championship run, capped by an 8-1 victory over the Capital Region Hawks on Friday, March 12.

He also helped Camden Hills finish 10-1 during the pandemic-altered and -shortened 2020-21 campaign.

"Nolan had one goal and no assists as far as points go, but he may have been one of the most important players that contributed to the team’s success," said Windjammer coach John Magri. "Last season he was part of our crew of defensemen that kept the entire league to a minimal number of goals. A majority of our games last season were low-scoring affairs and we needed that type of shut down play from our defense and goaltenders. We graduated two of our four key defensemen last year and Nolan had to take on the role of leading our 'D-Corps' this season."

Magri also said Delehey was Camden Hills' "go-to defenseman," was always on the ice when the game was on the line and "is a well-conditioned, highly-skilled, unselfish, classy defenseman that simply makes it impossible for other teams to succeed when he is on the ice."

Hobey Baker winners receive a personalized commemorative plaque, and a distinction shared by some of the top players to ever hit the ice, namely, a Hobey Baker winner.

Candidates for a High School Hobey Baker Award are selected by their coaches, based on coachability, strength of character, integrity, commitment, teamwork, community leadership, and outstanding sportsmanship.

“I am proud to announce this year’s winners and excited to recognize their character, commitment, and love of the game” said Contento. "Hobey Baker not only excelled in hockey, but in football as well at the collegiate level. He had a tradition of making his way to his opponent’s locker room to shake their hands after each contest. He despised dirty play and was penalized only twice in his college career.

“While Hobey Baker was a legendary athlete, he was also a true gentlemen. It’s important to recognize the same values and traits in these high school athletes and not just their on-ice abilities."

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