Falmouth’s Mitch Ham shows off the Travis Roy Award after winning it Saturday. Andree Kehn / Sun Journal

AUBURN — Falmouth’s Mitch Ham was announced as the 2023 Travis Roy Award winner Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The award is presented to the state’s premier senior Class A player.

Ham beat out teammate Aaron Higgins, as well as Biddeford’s Jamie Sperlich, Edward Little’s Campbell Cassidy and Thornton Academy’s Lucas Hubbard.

Ham is the fifth Falmouth player to win the Travis Roy, the most by any school, joining Owen Drummey (2021), Theo Hembre (2018), Isac Nordstrom (2015) and Peter Gustavson (2005).

Ham was the second-leading scorer for the Navigators with 24 goals and 42 assists, trailing only Higgins.

Ham racked up 107 points in the past two seasons, having recorded 19 goals and 22 assists as a junior.


Ham said he believed at the beginning of the season that he might be a Travis Roy finalist.

“I had no idea that I was going to win it. It has helped to have the role models of my previous teammates that have been up here before.”

Falmouth has had a Travis Roy winner and a finalist in the past two years. Drummey won the award in 2021 and Charlie Adams was a finalist last season. Ham thanked both of them, along with other current and former teammates in his speech before winner was announced at the Class A Coaches Association banquet.

He also thanked his parents, because 4-year-old Mitch Ham wasn’t quite on track to win Maine’s most prestigious award in Class A Hockey.

“To my mom and dad, I will never forget when I was 4 years old, I was crying on the floor because I didn’t want to go to skating lessons,” Ham said in his speech. “Eventually, you persuaded me to go, and now 14 years later, here I am today, and I can’t thank you enough.”

Mitch Ham scored 24 goals and had 42 assists this winter. File photo.

Deron Barton, Falmouth’s coach, who received the Bob Boucher Coach’s Award Saturday, said Ham dominates when he has the puck and improves the play of his teammates.


“He has played center, he has since Day One, he just has improved all the way through (despite) not being the biggest on the ice,” Barton said. “He has adapted to the competition, adapting to the speed and the heaviness of play, faceoffs. But most importantly, he does two things that I haven’t seen anybody do in a very long time: Number one, he controls the game; when you control the puck, you control the game. Number two, he makes everybody on the ice with him better.”

There isn’t one specific memory that sticks out to Ham from his senior campaign, but, rather, the time he spent with the other Falmouth players.

“Just every day going to the locker room, and, obviously, we had a lot of success this season, but the memories and the bonds that we created with all my teammates is going to last forever,” Ham said.

Falmouth went 16-2 in the regular season before bowing out in the Class A state semifinals to South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport, finishing 17-3 after its 17-game win streak was snapped.

Barton said that Falmouth being the first school to have two finalists in the 27-year history of the Travis Roy Award was special.

“It’s amazing, actually,” Barton said. “Like I said, both are well-deserving and I am humbled by it as a coach. In a coaching career, you pretty seldom come across two players that are special as they are not only individually, but they play together on the same line. They were really fun to watch and fun to coach. I couldn’t be happier for them.”

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