Four local high school hockey players -- Nashoba Regional's Mitch Kelly, Framingham's Bob Norton, St. John's Kevin Quaranto, and Westborough's Joe Teevens -- will step onto the ice at TD BankNorth Garden tonight, among the recipients of the annual Boston Bruins Ice Hockey Sportsmanship Award.
For five years, the MIAA and Bruins have partnered to honor one worthy student-athlete from every boys and girls ice hockey league in the state. These student-athletes were selected by representatives from their league for best exemplifying a commitment to the ideals of sportsmanship throughout the season. They will be saluted between the second and third period of tonight's Bruins-Wild game.
Robert Norton, Framingham (Bay State Carey): Senior goalie is a leader among his teammates and a strong advocate of representing the Framingham community and giving back.
Coach Paul Spear: "Bob Norton plays the game the way it is supposed to be played. He plays a key role on the team and is selfless in promoting the team."
Mitch Kelly, Nashoba Regional (Coughlin Conference); Senior defenseman is a consummate team player.
Coach Steve Kendall: "He is one of the most respectful young men I have encountered. He always comes to practice and works hard, and always supports his teammates."
Kevin Quaranto, St. John's Shrewsbury (Independent Schools): The senior forward did not receive a penalty throughout the entire season.
Coach Brian Murphy says: "Kevin conducts himself as a true gentleman and is a positive role model for the younger players. He is one of the best captains that I have had the pleasure to coach in my 25 years here at St. John's."
Joe Teevens, Westborough (Quinn Conference): Senior goalie is a four-year starter and team captain as a senior:
Westborough AD Brian Callaghan: "He is one of the most humble student-athletes that I have ever met. As a captain, he truly thinks about the team and others first and winning and personal accolades last."
-- Craig Larson
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