Stephen Baby was Atlanta’s 8th pick draft pick in 1999 Entry Draft (188th Overall). The 6’5” 220 lb. right wing will be a senior at Cornell University this fall. With the assistance of the Atlanta Thrashers, Hockey’s Future had the opportunity to ask Stephen a few questions during the Thrashers Prospect Camp held in July.
HF: How would you describe your game to someone who has never seen you play?
SB: I’d like to describe myself as an all-around player, who doesn’t focus too much on offense or too much on defense. I consider myself a person who can play in all situations, all aspects of the game, power play and penalty kill, [generating] scoring opportunities out there and also not be a defensive liability. I try to “do everything”…sometimes it doesn’t work [laughs], but I try my best.
HF: Is there any particular person who has been influential in your development?
SB: The coaches that I’d had, really from the time I was eight years old through now–I’ve been very lucky to have great coaches that have helped me not only on the ice but also helped me develop into a good person and a well-rounded person.
HF: Did you have any specific goals for yourself this last season?
SB: The main goal is the team. I’ve really been brought up to believe that team success leads to individual success. If you have a team that’s successful, there are going to be a lot more guys that are continuing on, as opposed to a team that is not that successful. So going into every year at Cornell, we set high aspirations for the team. Individually, you want to go out and do the best you can, but you try not to put too much pressure on yourself.
HF: What has been the biggest adversity in your hockey career?
SB: I’ve been fairly lucky with injuries–knock-on-wood. So there hasn’t been adversity in that aspect. I’ve never really had it where I thought “hockey is boring” or “hockey is dull”. It’s been love from the time I was three years old and the first time I skated.