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S: Celebrating Chris Baird at 40 Years

FC: Celebrating 40 Years | Christopher M. Baird February 22, 2012

1: When you were little, We thought you were the most beautiful child in the world. Now that you are grown, We know you are the most beautiful person - Not only on the outside But inside where it really counts. You are still our child, That will never change. We will love you forever, And that is also unchangeable. We are here for you in the same ways We have always tried to be. You are one of our greatest accomplishments And our source of endless pride. | These pages are a tribute to the amazing life you are in the midst of living - full of accomplishments, laughter and love. You were raised by a hard-working, proud family who have passed along admirable values. You have the integrity to make the choices in life that are not always easy, but right. You have developed lifelong friendships based on respect and trust. Every day you are an example of good character to our children. I am so proud to be your wife and I am grateful for your reliability and your endless commitment to our family. Loving you and sharing the adventure of life and parenthood with you has been a succession of pride and joy. I can't wait to see what will happen next - together. | They say you can’t pick your family.. but even if I could, I would pick you to be my brother. You are the real deal. A role model for your little sister, even when I wasn’t little any more. A protector in the playground and in the big wild world, even when I thought I was tough enough. A logical and trustworthy sounding board for my complaints, and my fears; someone I always feel safe with. You are a great friend to my husband and a fun and caring uncle to our kids. What more could I ask for even if I could pick my family? Nothing. You are a wonderful person Chris, in every way. Never doubt it. We have so much fun together..and we are only half way through the ride! | Our dad is great, he makes us laugh From when we wake up till we take our bath Catching bubbles, kicking balls Playing hockey, cards and dolls Endless tickling till it hurts our cheeks Home after work to play hide-and-go-seek Throwing us high while singing a song We always land in arms that are strong But then there are times when we sit quietly We look in his eyes and guess what we see A man so loving, fair and kind Patient and trusting with a very strong mind We knew when he held us right after our birth For us, he would go to the ends of the Earth Behind all the antics to make us happy Is an honorable man of integrity We are so proud to call him our father He is special to us in a way like no other For he is our mentor, our teacher, our kin We hope to become as good a person as him So on this birthday we hope that he trusts How much we love him for how he loves us

2: Christopher Michael Baird

3: February 22, 1972 3:22 a.m. 8 lbs 3 oz

15: There were rough ice surfaces to skate over in Chris Baird's early times with Harvard hockey, times when the NCAA championship might have seemed a distant dream. Recruited heavily out of junior hockey in Ottawa, he bypassed Michigan, Cornell and the rest to spend four years in Harvard Square. The first year wasn't what he'd hoped for, and he had just a single goal and a single assist to show for it. There was a tentative sophomore year, when his figures improved only slightly to three goals and two assists. The break-through came a year ago when he was named the Crimson's Most Improved Player, and on the road to this year's Final Four, he has been a major player. Baird and the Crimson practiced yesterday in Bright Center before leaving for St. Paul where they face Lake Superior State in the national semifinals. "You definitely hope you have moments like this," said Baird. "There were some disappointing moments. The first year was a disappointment. I wasn't dressing. I wasn't contributing and playing like I knew I could. I'd been successful in junior hockey and highly recruited, so it was tough to take. I realized it. I had a talk with the coach [Ron Tamassoni] about what it takes to play. Coming full circle, I realized how much I loved the game. I realized you're supposed to have fun. I definitely knew I had the potential to be where I am now. It's a wonderful program and I'm glad to be a part of it. It makes me appreciate it more. I knew I had something in me and I had the ability and talent to show myself and show the team where it was." Tomassoni, who wrote to Baird shortly after the Crimson's 1989 NCAA championship triumph over Minnesota (also in St. Paul), has had the patience to see Baird become one of the nation's assist leaders, with 38 in 31 games. Baird plays the point on the power play, kills penalties and plays left wing on a line with Brian Farrell and Perry Cohagan. | "He was a very highly sought-after young man by everyone," said Tomassoni. "Things didn't necessarily pan out for him right away the way we all hoped it would. It's a big adjustment. We all forget that. He really came into his own last year. I thought he was the best player on the ice last year in a game at Boston University, and from there on in, he never looked back. I put him on the left point on the power play this year, and he'd never played that position in his life. That power play led the country in effectiveness. He's such an intelligent hockey player. He does it all for us. He does a lot of little things that you don't recognize. He gets a lot of ice time." Baird is one of six seniors on the team, the leaders of a group that has given up just two goals in the last three games. Harvard has four shutouts this season and has surrendered just one goal in seven other games. Baird, who first laced on a pair of skates at 3, is a biology major with plans to go to medical school. "The first big decision I had to make was to stay and play Major Junior A or come down here for four years and play college hockey," said Baird. "I held education as being very important. I ended up with the best of both worlds. I can play in the NCAAs and attend a great school. I came in expecting to do well. It started off fine, but I was lacking confidence. It took me some time to get adjusted. It snowballed, and it was difficult. The way I look at it is that it was a good learning experience. I'd never been in that position before. I look back at it now as being something very positive. It helped me build my character." This is really what Harvard hockey is all about: develop the player and the student. "We're a close team," said Baird. "We do a lot of things on and off the ice together. You hope you have moments like this. It's been a great four years and a special experience." On to the Final Four.

21: Lifelong Friends

22: Live well, laugh often, love much

32: Benjamin Fredrick Christopher April 25, 2006

33: Anna Christina August 17, 2007 | Michael James John April 3, 2004

35: To the world you may be one person, but to them you are the world.

48: Beginnings

51: Happiness

53: Birthday Wishes

54: Birthday Wishes

55: Birthday Wishes

56: Birthday Wishes

57: Birthday Wishes

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