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Hobey Baker

December 7, 2019     

To:  Wisconsin High School Hockey Coaches

Re:  Hobey Baker High School Character Award

Dear Coach:                                                                                       

The 19/20 hockey season will be the 15th year of awarding the Hobey Baker Character Award in the state of Wisconsin.  Thank you for the great support over the past 14 years.

  • Participation rate in 2019
    • Boys 60/83 or 72% +2%
    • Girls 16/28 or 57%
  • Goal for 2020 = 80%
    With your continued support we will continue to recognize great kids for their character and sportsmanship on and off the ice.  I hope you are excited to build upon the strong tradition in Wisconsin.  I’m asking for your continued support in 19/20.

The goal of the “Hobey Baker High School Character Award” is to develop, recognize, and reward exemplary character and sportsmanship demonstrated by our high school hockey players.  This high school level award is a natural extension of the prestigious Hobey Baker Memorial Award given to the nation’s top collegiate hockey player and sportsman.  (See Exhibit A)

Each varsity high school hockey head coach should follow the process outlined per Exhibit B, with each coach selecting the member of their team who best exemplifies the characteristics of sportsmanship and character represented by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.  The program does not carry a cost but as a volunteer, non-profit organization, contributions are accepted and encouraged (Exhibit C).

We believe the extension of the Hobey Baker Memorial Award to the high school level is a tremendous way to promote a lasting positive influence on the sport of hockey at the high school level. Winners will be recognized

Thank you in advance for your assistance and efforts in making this a success.  If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at


Jim Hayes

Hobey Baker Foundation