April 7, 2012

Farnham Wins Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award

The Hockey Commissioners' Association (HCA) today announced that Brown senior forward Bobby Farnham (North Andover, MA) is the recipient of the sixth annual Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award.

The award was established by the HCA in honor of former Army player Derek Hines, who was a "consummate team player and team builder." Hines played at Army from 1999-2003 and was a four-year letterwinner as well as a co-captain his senior season. He was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in September 2006.

"I am so honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award. The character, spirit, and leadership that Derek exhibited have always been qualities that I have tried to emulate in both athletics and in life," said Farnham. "I am so grateful to receive this prestigious award in honor of Derek's life and can only hope to follow his lead. I would like to thank the entire Hines family and express the enormous amount of respect I have for what this award stands for and their efforts in continuing Derek's legacy. I would also like to thank Brown University, my teammates, and the coaching staff for their inspiration and guidance throughout the past four years."

The senior assistant captain enjoyed his most productive season as a Bear in 2011-12. He tied a career high for goals with eight and established career highs with assists (13), power-play goals (3) and total points (21).

"Bobby's work ethic, passion, pride and desire transcend all boundaries and intertwine completely with the founding principles of Brown Hockey," third-year head coach Brendan Whittet said. "He plays the game hard with boundless energy, while constantly working to learn new skills or just improve on the ones he has. Off the ice he has been on the forefront of actively leading the Brown community in giving activities. It is simply amazing that he has been able to devote the effort necessary to be a driving force in the community building efforts."

The 5-foot-10 180-pound forward has been heavily involved in the community around campus. Farnham has assisted in being an "Ambassador to Team Impact," a non-profit group whose mission is to connect and cultivate meaningful relationships between athletic teams and children facing life-threatening diseases. He also served as the Athletic Co-Chair on the Senior Gift Committee, supervising representatives from Brown's 37 athletic teams to raise money for its annual fund. Farnham was the teams' contact and coordinator for the Brown football team's Bench Press for Cancer and Goals for Good program, as well as an elementary school volunteer helping with reading, writing, history, and art projects.

Farnham, a Commerce, Organizations, & Entrepreneurship major, owns a 3.65 overall GPA in the classroom. Perhaps his most memorable act came outside of the classroom in the summer of 2011 as Farnham and five teammates were swimming at a local Rhode Island beach when they saved three teenagers who were struggling in a rip tide. Farnham and his teammates swam against the rip tide to save the immobile and unresponsive group and bring them back to the beach area.

The following were also nominated for this year's award: Nick Deneen, Colorado College; Ryan Hegarty, Maine; Ron Meyers, Alaska; and Scott Moser, Canisius.

Past winners of the Award include: (2011) Kyle Schmidt, Minnesota-Duluth; (2010) Jordan Pietrus, Brown; (2009) Mike Phillipich, Air Force; (2008) Chase Podsiad, Army; and (2007) Dan Shribman, Dartmouth.

Each of the five NCAA Division I hockey conferences submitted a nominee for the Award that goes to a student-athlete who personifies Hines' spirit and relentless commitment. The winner was chosen by sports information directors from the five conferences.
 
HCA Commissioners' Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award Runners-Up:

Nick Dineen, Colorado College (WCHA)
Ryan Hegarty, Maine (HEA)
Ron Meyers, Alaska (CCHA)
Scott Moser, Canisius (AHA)

Previous Winners:
2007            Dan Shribman, Dartmouth
2008            Chase Podsiad, Army
2009            Mike Phillipich, Air Force
2010            Jordan Pietrus, Brown
2011            Kyle Schmidt, Minnesota-Duluth