It would be a disservice if the first person to appear within a College Hockey History post wasn’t Hobey Baker. Considered one of the best athletes of his time and the first great American hockey player, Hobey Baker was a three-sport athlete for Princeton between 1911 and 1914. He captained both the hockey and football teams and led them to national championships. The Hobey Baker Award was created in 1981 to be awarded to the most outstanding college hockey player each year. The accompanying photo is from a March 2, 1914, publication of the Daily Princetonian announcing his retirement from college hockey shortly before he graduated. More information about Hobey Baker can be found within his write-up in our U.S. College Hockey History summary.
In December 1898, four Ivy League universities created the first collegiate hockey conference. One hundred twenty-two years later, College Hockey History is here to document and share everything that’s happened within U.S. college hockey from the first organized team up until today. Our complete history of college hockey travels even further back in time to document the origin of the sport of hockey itself. Our plan is to provide you with college hockey excerpts, photos, team records and jersey history.