united states hockey hall of fame

Hobart Amory Hare “Hobey” Baker (January 15, 1892 – December 21, 1918) was considered the first American star in Ice Hockey by the Hockey Hall of Fame.  F. Scott Fitzgerald idolized Baker at Princeton and based Allenby, a minor character in the 1920 novel This Side of Paradise, on him.  

Following the armistice ending WWI, Baker died in December 1918 after a plane he was test-piloting crashed, hours before he was due to leave France and return to America.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the governing body of college sports in the United States, introduced the Hobey Baker Award in 1980; it is awarded annually to the best collegiate hockey player.