TAMPA, Fla. — Brown’s Bobby Farnham has been named the 2012 recipient of the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award, presented by the Hockey Commissioners Association to a player who personifies Hines’ spirit and relentless commitment.
Hines played at Army from 1999 to 2003. He was killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan in September 2005.
Farnham tied a career high for goals this season with eight and set career bests with 13 assists, three power-play goals and 21 points.
“I am so honored to have been selected as the recipient of the Derek Hines Unsung Hero Award,” Farnham said in a statement. “The character, spirit, and leadership that Derek exhibited have always been qualities that I have tried to emulate in both athletics and in life.
“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.”
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. The North Andover, Mass., native 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 team’s 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.
“Bobby’s work ethic, passion, pride and desire transcend all boundaries and intertwine completely with the founding principles of Brown Hockey,” Brown coach Brendan Whittet said in a statement. “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.”
Colorado College’s Nick Dineen, Maine’s Ryan Hegarty, Alaska’s Scott Meyers and Canisius’ Scott Moser also were nominated for the award.