CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Stratford’s Ryan Steele has been nominated for the most prestigious award in NCAA Division 1 Hockey – The Hobey Baker Memorial Award. The news was announced on Monday, February 1st by the NCAA. 

The Hobey Baker Award is focused on recognizing players with excellent teamwork, dedication, integrity, exceptional play, humility, and, above all, character. These are the values that set the game of hockey, and those who play it, apart from any other. They are also the values that the Hobey Baker Award honours each year. The Hobey Bakey is the most coveted award in collegiate hockey and is given to the top NCAA men’s ice hockey player in the nation. Winners are chosen not for raw skill or stats or character alone, though those are important. They are selected for everything they do. Candidates must:

  • Exhibit strength and character, both on and off the ice
  • Contribute to the integrity of the team
  • Display outstanding skills in all phases of the game
  • Show scholastic achievement and sportsmanship

The Hobey Baker Award was named for hockey legend and World War I veteran Hobey Baker. Universally recognized as the best amateur player in the United States, Baker was the ultimate gentleman sportsman, always playing the game with courage, honour, and humility.

Past winners of the award include the likes of Cole Makar, Jack Eichel, Ryan Miller, George MacPhee, Johnny Gaudreau and more greats of the National Hockey League.



Steele is the leading goal scorer for the Scared Heart University Men’s Hockey Pioneers as he has racked up four goals in seven games played and also carries three assists which marks him second on the team in points with seven on the year. This is the most goals Steele has had in his career in the first seven games played of a season. He is just six off tying his career-high which was 10 back in his freshman season.


The Stratford, PEI native played with the Pownal U15 AAA Red Devils from 2010-2012 before joining the former U18 Major franchise, The Cornwall Thunder for the 2012-13 season. Steele is also an alumnus of the Hockey PEI High-Performance Program.


Hockey PEI would like to acknowledge the amazing accomplishment of simply being nominated for such a prestigious award and invites all Islanders to vote for Ryan here: 


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