Vesey Wins 2016 Hobey Baker Award
Tampa, FL (KROC AM News) Harvard’s Jimmy Vesey was honored Friday with the 2016 Hobey Baker Award, college hockey’s top individual prize.
The announcement came during the NCAA Frozen Four championship in Tampa, Florida.
For Vesey (pronounced VEE-zee), the second time is a charm as he was a Hobey Hat Trick finalist a year ago when he led the nation in goal scoring. For two straight years Vesey has been named ECAC Player of the Year, Ivy League Player of the Year, ECAC First Team all-conference and winner of the Walter Brown Award as the best American-born player in New England.
Vesey finished the season with 24 goals and 22 assists for 46 points in 33 games. Over the past two years he has scored 52 goals, more than any other player in college hockey.
A native of North Reading, Massachusetts, Vesey is a Government major and has been ECAC All Academic every year. Off the ice, Vesey helped raise money for the Travis Roy Foundation and the Franciscan Hospital for Children. He provided manual labor at Cristo Rey High School in Boston to prepare it for the school year and volunteered time with local youth teaching them to skate.
He was a third round draft pick of Nashville of the NHL.
Hobey Baker was the legendary Princeton (1914) hockey player known as America’s greatest amateur athlete one hundred years ago. He redefined how the game was played with his coast-to-coast dashes in an era when hockey was contested with seven players and no forward passes. Baker, a member of the U.S. Army’s Air Corp, died testing a repaired aircraft at the end of World War I after he had completed his military service. The Hobey Baker Award criteria includes: displaying outstanding skills in all phases of the game, strength of character on and off the ice, sportsmanship and scholastic achievements. Vesey was selected from a group of ten finalists by a 27-member selection committee and online fan balloting.