High school ice hockey

Windjammer Orne Hobey Baker Character Award recipient

By Staff | Feb 24, 2014

Rockport — Camden Hills Regional High School senior Jack Orne of Rockport is a Hobey Baker High School Character Award recipient.

Orne, a high-scoring, high-assisting forward and Windjammer captain, is one of several Maine schoolboy and schoolgirl ice hockey players to be recognized with the award.

The prestigious Hobey Baker High School Character Award is established in 22 states with more than 1,000 teams and 20,000 student-athletes participating in the program.

The Maine Hockey Coaches Association, in conjunction with the Hobey Baker Foundation, hosts the second annual Hobey Baker High School Character Award program in Maine.

The awards are given annually to one high school senior from each participating boys/girls hockey program in the state. The award recognizes and rewards student-athletes for displaying exemplary character and sportsmanship in their schools and communities.

The Hobey Baker High School Character Award is an extension of the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award given annually to the nation’s top collegiate ice hockey player.

Hockey coaches from schools across the state have selected one member of their team to receive this honor. Selected students exemplify the spirit, sportsmanship and character represented by the collegiate award through their attitude, work ethic, unselfishness and coachability.

In Hobey Baker’s senior year at St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. they handed Princeton its only hockey loss that year and yet when he later attended Princeton, he would captain and lead them to a pair of national hockey championships in four years.

In football, he was a punt return specialist and he never fumbled a punt. Against Yale one year, he had 13 punt returns, a school record, not to mention that he scored all the points in the next two games with Yale, all field goals, one of which was for 43 yards. This was in a time that equipment was poor at best and conditioning programs were nonexistent. As captain in his junior year, he scored 92 points. His scoring marks in football stood for almost half a century.

Where ever he went, Baker won.

On the ice, Baker’s ability, as great as it was, was topped by his sportsmanship and he is perhaps known of this more than his playing skills. He was always counted on to visit the opposition’s locker room after every game, shake every players hand and congratulate them on a fine game, regardless of who won.

Between St. Paul’s, Princeton and some amateur hockey, he amassed 120 goals and 100 assists, in 55 games, averaging four points per game, and never missed a game or a shift on the ice. In his eight years of playing, he was only penalized twice.

At Princeton, the ice arena is named after him and at St Paul’s School the players compete every year for an award simply known as “Hobey’s Stick.”

Consider this: Hobey Baker is a charter member of the United States Hockey Hall of Fame, the College Football Hall of Fame and is one of a handful of Americans to be elected into the Canada’s Hockey Hall of Fame. At Princeton, he captained both football and hockey teams and also is a member of Princeton’s Hall of Fame for Hockey and Football.

Hobey Baker was considered to be the greatest hockey player of his era and also the first American superstar hockey player. At age 26, Hobey Baker died while piloting a newly-repaired airplane in France. Ironically, his orders to return home were found tucked inside his jacket.

“The spirit of the 2014 Hobey Baker High School Character Award is to acknowledge that it takes more than hockey skill 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 Dave Daniello, Maine State Director of the Hobey Baker Character Award Program.

Continuing on, Daniello said, “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."

“We are very grateful for Dave’s efforts to make this award program a reality for Maine," said Gary Wahman of the Hobey Baker Foundation. “The development and recognition of exemplary character and sportsmanship in our high school players is an extremely important aspect of the student-athlete experience.”

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