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This New York Times description of Hobey Baker’s play attests to the brilliance of America’s first superstar of hockey. Baker later played for the St. Nicholas amateur team in New York, and then went overseas as a fighter pilot in the First World War. At the war’s conclusion, and ignoring advice, he went up for one last spin, which proved to be fatal. The Hobey Baker Award is given annually to the best player in American college hockey.
Princeton's champion hockey team, with the irrepressible Hobey Baker cutting up his most sensational capers, was defeated at St. Nicholas Rink last night by Ottawa University, the Canadians winning in the second period of play by a score of 4 to 2. The teams played the fastest hockey that has been seen at the rink in many a day, and were so evenly matched that it was any one's game up to the end. The advantage see-sawed from one team to the other, while the big crowd was frantic with excitement.
Baker's work again stood out above the other skaters. He was all over the ice, sweeping down the rink in serpentine whirls of speed. Baker, skimming toward the enemy's net at a clip which left the other skaters far in the rear, constantly found O'Leary, the Ottawa cover point, and Durocher, the Canadian goal tender, a barrier which he could not break down alone. Durocher caught his shots from all angles, and only once was Baker able to drive the disk through his great defense. Baker was too fast for his defense, and nearly every time he made a sally on the Canadian net he had outstripped his teammates and was alone in his effort. Nevertheless his exhibition on skates was a thrilling spectacle, and even if most of his shots did go for nothing, he kept the nerves of the big crowd tingling with thrills.
The Canadian seven knew more about hockey and showed better team work, although the individual playing of Teddy Behan and Duford stood out together with the goal guardianship of Durocher. When the game was over, after two extra periods of fast playing had been taken up, to break the 2 to 2 tie, the Canadians doffed their caps to Hobey Baker and said that he was the fastest skater they had ever played against. Denison, the Ottawa cover point, said that Baker was as good a hockey player as any of the crack professionals in the Dominion.
The teams bored into each other at the start with such speed that no one ever believed that they could keep up the pace. The stick work of both teams was excellent, and there was a constant scramble for the puck. In one of the scrimmages Referee Russell found himself in the thick of the fight and went down on the ice in a heap with the other players.
The eyes of all the spectators were glued on the incomparable Baker. Also he commanded the attention of all the Ottawa players. They checked him, tripped him, hooked his stick, and did everything they could to subdue his enthusiasm, but Baker refused to be perturbed. At the speed the game was going it was necessarily rough, but there was little or no unsportsmanlike tactics resorted to. Duford, the Canadian right wing, once gave Emmons a terrific check, but he was injured worse than the Tiger, and was laid out for a few minutes. The line-up and summary:
|Denison||Cover point||R. Peacock|
|Behan||Left wing||G. Peacock|
Goals -- First Half: First goal for Ottawa by Behan in 13:02. Second Half: Second goal for Princeton (by O'Leary of Ottawa;) in 2:35; third goal for Ottawa by Behan in 4:45; fourth goal for Princeton by Baker in 7:48. Second Extra Period: Fifth goal for Ottawa by Duford in 1:23; sixth goal for Ottawa by Braithwaite in 4:58.
Substitutions -- Heney for Braithwaite, Braithwaite for Heney, MacColl for G. Peacock.
Penalties -- Madden, 2 minutes for slashing; Duford, 2 minutes for slashing; Kuhn, 2 minutes for hooking; Braithwaite, 2 minutes for tripping.
Referee -- William Russell, Hockey Club.
Umpire -- James A. Rogers, Hockey Club.
Goal Umpires -- Bud Claffy, Wanderers; T. Thompson, St. Nicholas. Timer -- W. J. Croker.