Portsmouth hockey player honored for character

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PORTSMOUTH — Ryan Goulart, a senior member of the Portsmouth High School hockey team, was recently presented the Hobey Baker High School Character Award, which recognizes players “who give their best for the team.”

Ryan was honored, along with one senior hockey player from each high school team in Rhode Island, at the Providence Bruins game on Sunday. He and the others will also be recognized at the State House Wednesday.

The Hobey Baker Award, established in 2003, goes to high school hockey players who exemplify the ideal that “character builds excellence." Candidates are selected by their coaches, based on the following criteria: integrity and positive attitude, coachability, outstanding sportsmanship and community spirit.

Rhode Island adopted the award in 2006 and began recognizing a player from each high school hockey team in the state. Below is a list of the recipients from past Patriots hockey teams.

• 2012-2013: Steven Vierkant

• 2011-2012: Steve Souza

• 2010-2011: Dewey Rosa

• 2009-2010: Nathan Cole

• 2008-2009: Matthew Chappell

• 2007-2008: Adam Reese

• 2006-2007: Christopher Palmer

• 2005-2006: Bradley Updegrove

For more information about the award, visit www.hobeybaker.com.

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