By Jim Sullivan
---- — Babson College hockey college coach Jamie Rice is quick to say that Newburyport native Trevor Hines is the glue that holds his team together.
“He’s a phenomenal young man,” Rice says of his assistant captain and left wing. “He’s an unbelievably dedicated young man. Hard-working and he’s a breath of fresh air. He’s upbeat, positive and a compassionate young man. He has maturity beyond his years.”
It was that young man who put the third-seeded Beavers on the board against top-seed and national No. 1 Norwich University Saturday on their way to an incredible 2-1 victory in the ECAC East Championship Game on March 2 that sent Babson to the NCAA tournament.
“They’ve always been one of our big opponents that we’ve always had great games against,” Hines says of the Cadets. “They get a lot of good talent in there. A lot of good players that have a lot of high backing to their name. And we were the only team in the league (this year) to take any points away from them in the league.
“It was definitely one of the most, if not the most, memorable game I’ve ever had the chance to play in. It’s something that I’ll never forget,” Hines says.
“That was a huge goal, when you’re down one and the other team is rinking the ice,” admits Rice.
A consummate teammate, this 2009 Governor’s Academy grad has played four years at Babson, filling whatever role his coaches and team need of him.
“He may not have the most points of anybody on the roster,” says Rice. “But he’s a really dependable, reliable player. He plays on the man-down and our man-down has been exceptional this year. A lot of that is due to Trevor and his efforts.”
The youngest of four athletic siblings, Hines has been playing hockey since he can remember.
“For me, it’s the most competitive sport that there is going,” Hines says. “I played lacrosse in high school as well and I love it, but hockey has kind of always been my true love. People who don’t play, don’t know. It’s a game that is so fast, physical, there’s so much going on.
“It’s such a team game as well. Where in some sports you have a starting lineup that generally plays most of the game, where in hockey, you have four lines that generally play the whole game together. It matters what every guy is doing, every second of the game. If one guy isn’t doing his job, it can cost you.”
Hockey has been good to Hines, opening the door to Babson to study finance, which in turn, opened the door to his internship at FTI, which has led to a job when he graduates. But his time on the ice will be over soon and that is something he’s not quite sure how to take.
“It’s hard, because the sport has meant so much to me in my life,” says Hines. “It’s been a part of me for like 17, 18 years. I’ve always been playing. I tried to not let it sink in yet that this is all coming to an end. Because it’s certainly going to be weird this summer, not having a workout regimen. Not having a training program to be following all summer. When I can sit and think about it, I’ll definitely get a little bit choked up.”
Rice will miss Hines too, saying that he is the kind of young man a father would like his son to grow up to be like.
“I can’t say how really proud we are of Trevor,” says Rice.” He’s an exceptional young man. I don’t think you’re going to run into that many people in life there are not going to have something good to say about Trevor. We’re really fortunate that he and his family decided five years ago that this was the place for their son. But we’ve been the beneficiary.”
Babson will face Wentworth tonight in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.