Brendan Baker is a 5th-year student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute who participates in hockey inside and outside of school. Baker has a love for the game and wishes to play for as long as he can. Hockey has played a major role in his life where he met many of his close friends, developed great attributes such as teamwork and discipline and overall has brought a lot of joy to his life since he started participating in hockey at a very young age of 4 years old.
Baker has played in multiples levels of hockey, ranging from House League, Select, AA, AAA and currently is the Wellesley Applejacks Junior C team. The journey up until now hasn’t been easy, hours on hours of grinding in the gym and at the rink has taken up a large portion of Baker’s life. Due to a concussion at an early age with the Guelph Junior Storm, Baker was isolated from playing rep levels of hockey for much of his developmental years, but it comes to show with the love for hockey he has overcome the early setback in his career. Baker has been on 4 different teams throughout his career; Guelph Jr, Waterloo Wolves, Waterloo Collegiate and currently the Applejacks.
Like many hockey players, Brendan has an idol who he takes inspiration from. Baker’s favourite hockey player is Darcy Tucker and he takes a lot from his game and puts it into his, “he was crazy when he was in the league, he hyped me up!” Baker wants to continue his hockey career for as long as he can and the goal is to make it to the NHL. One of the things he wants to do with hockey is to give back to his community and he has already visited several elementary schools to teach kids about having a positive attitude and overall just spend time with the kids through games and reading.
Baker reading ” The Pigeon Wants a Puppy!” to a kid from Wellesley Public School.
As much as hockey takes over Baker’s life, he still finds a balance between school and work and an active social life as well. As a 5th year at Waterloo Collegiate, Baker continues be a leader at Waterloo Collegiate amongst his peers. Baker is also branching off to other sports such as rugby, where he hopes to transfer his aggressive playing style from hockey.