Friday, March 20, 2009

Kalemba '10 a finalist for Hobey Baker '1914

Junior goaltender Zane Kalemba is one of 10 finalists for the 2009 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, the top award for an NCAA men's ice hockey player. Kalemba is the ECAC Player of the Year and will hit the ice tonight as the Tigers take on Cornell in the semi-final round of the ECAC championship. Voting will take place after the NCAA regionals. The winner will be announced during the Frozen Four on April 10 at 7 p.m. in Washington, D.C. Ironically, the award has never been won by a Princeton player despite being named for a Princetonian!

Hobey Baker, Class of 1914, led Princeton to a national championship in football (1911) and two national championships in hockey (1912 and 1914). A member of Ivy, he worked at J.P. Morgan after college before enlisting in the Army during World War I. He was killed in a plane crash in 1918-- just weeks after the war ended.