Bobby Hinckley
Hockey, Soccer, Baseball
Inducted in 2005
Bobby Hinckley, Jr. was a standout three-sport athlete at Suffield High School playing soccer, hockey, and baseball. He played varsity soccer where he was an All NCCC Conference selection in 1975 and was an outstanding catcher and hitter on the baseball team but it was in hockey that Bobby really excelled. Starting out as an 11 year old, Bobby had played youth hockey throughout his younger days and, virtually from the beginning, established himself as a prolific goal scorer. Even as a freshman in the 1973-74 season, he led the team in scoring in what was Suffield’s first season ever playing ice hockey. Likewise, he was the team’s leading scorer in both 1975 and 1976. In 1976, Bobby not only led the team in goals but topped the NCCC league as well with 32 goals and 19 assists enroute to his selection to the Division II All State Team.

His proficiency on the ice caught the attention of area hockey aficionados and at the end of his junior year he received a full scholarship to attend Avon Old Farms School and be a part of John Gardner’s prestigious hockey program. While at Avon, he played soccer and baseball, as well as hockey, but again was at his best on the ice. He led the Winged Beavers in scoring in 1977 where he was team captain and selected MVP. In 1978, he repeated his record as leading scorer, team captain, and MVP, this time breaking the Avon all-time scoring record along the way. He was also selected as the school’s Best All Around Athlete that same year.

Following his graduation from Avon, Bobby entered Boston University becoming one of the first Connecticut high school hockey players to play Division I ice hockey. He played only one year at BU as his playing days were ultimately ended by a serious eye injury.

In 1992, as his children reached hockey-playing age, Bobby turned his attention to coaching and spent the next several years coaching youth hockey at various levels. Finding success and contentment at the youth level, he became an assistant coach at Suffield High in 1998 where he helped out with the varsity and was head coach of the junior varsity team. He became varsity boys hockey coach in 2000 and guided his Wildcats to the Northern Hockey Conference championship in the 2002-03 season. Bobby and his wife, Melisa, have three children and reside in West Suffield where they are among the largest tobacco growers in the area.