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PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBJake Nimeh was recently honored with the Hoby Baker Memorial Award. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_ PRESS PHOTO BY DON HERBJake Nimeh was recently honored with the Hoby Baker Memorial Award. Copyright - Don Herb 2017_

Nimeh earns hockey’s Hoby Baker Award

Thursday, April 12, 2018 by CJ HEMERLY Special to the Press in Sports

Parkland senior Jake Nimeh is a two-sport athlete who excels at both hockey and golf. He just recently finished off a high school playing career on the ice last month, helping to lead the Trojans to a Lehigh Valley Scholastic Hockey League championship and a berth in the Flyers Cup.

It was not only his success on the ice that stood out, but his play off the ice that was noticed by the hockey world.

Nimeh was recently given the Hobey Baker Character Award, which honors players who exemplify the Hobey Baker ideal that character builds excellence. Players who display a positive attitude, coachability, sportsmanship, academic achievement, and community spirit are those who exemplify Hobey Baker.

“Winning the Hobey Baker Character Award was such a humbling honor,” said Nimeh. “I am extremely blessed to have been awarded such a meaningful award and just humbled that I was selected.”

Like most hockey players, Nimeh began skating and playing at a young age. His time growing up and practicing his skills on the ice has gotten him to where he is now. In addition to scholastic hockey, Nimeh also plays for the Scranton Knights in the North American Hockey League.

“I started playing hockey at nine years old and I played for the Parkland Ice Hockey youth program my first year,” Nimeh said. “The following season I also began my first year of travel hockey. I continued to play for both Parkland and travel up until this point. I played all four of my high school years on the varsity team. Highlighting this is four league all-star nominations and four league championships.”

In his four years on varsity, Parkland never lost a league game. It went 18-0 this season and won the league title. Nimeh called the time at Parkland ‘special.’

“My senior hockey season was unbelievable,” said Nimeh. “The board, booster club, parents, coaching staff, and players all made it a season I’ll never forget. Wearing that Parkland jersey meant a lot to me, and will always have a special place in my heart. We went through adversity all year and grinded out a tough championship-clinching series against a great Freedom team.”

Nimeh was also a member of the golf team and enjoyed hitting the links in the fall. But when it comes down to college next year, his love of hockey is what will continue on.

“I plan on continuing my academic and athletic career at the collegiate level next year,” Nimeh said. “I will be playing hockey and studying pre-med. I haven’t decided which school I will be going to, but I look forward to the challenges it presents me and I look forward to coming back and cheering on my teammates wearing the Trojan jerseys as they look to add a tenth consecutive championship.”