Coach of the year – John Dodds
Player of the year – Matti Hartman
1st team all state: Matti Hartman (F), Margeaux Baker (D)
2nd team all state: Eliza Laycock (F),Sarah Wagner (F), Emma Malenka(D)
2015: Coach John Dodds was named New Hampshire High School Hockey Coaches Association Coach of the Year! This honor is well deserved! Players, parents, and fans are delighted that “Coach” has finally been recognized for his coaching talent.
Coach Dodds could write a best seller on how to be a great coach – and his book would be unique, resonant, and not short. He’s a leader with a real vision that comes to life each season. He’s accomplished so much more than a winning team, season after season.
There are so many precious gems this coach has given to his teams over the years. Excellence on the ice and in the classroom are team expectations and traditions, as are community service, and a team vibe and morale based on a family-like culture. The team has some very spirited, meaningful and fun traditions that are passed down amongst the girls year to year. Six state championships in a row!
The girls are thrilled that their coach has been honored this year. Some of their thoughts about coach Dodds:
Coach is a driving force as to why we all improve so much in one season. He pushes us to do our best every practice and game.
I think one thing that makes Coach special is how well he understands us. He knows when to push us, but also when to back off. He knows when it is appropriate to raise his voice and when it is not. I’ve also realized over the years that he is just a really goofy guy who can always make us laugh!
Always there to give you a quick tip on your game or your eating habits. On the long bus rides to big games he’ll be reading the paper. At morning practice he’ll be waiting for us one by one as we enter the rink half asleep and waking us up more than we’d probably like with a loud ‘You awake?!’. He’s always there for the stomach crunching laughs, the little giggles, and the tears we all bear as the season comes to a close. This season was a special one though; our coach was finally recognized for his leadership, integrity, and his overall love for the game. We are a very select, lucky group NH of players that received the honor to be coached by none other than Coach himself.
He cares so much about the players on the team and always tells us how proud he is of us individuals, but is also clearly so proud of what the team has accomplished on the ice and beyond. He works so hard to prepare for every game and practice, and also spends hours behind the scenes calling reporters, athletic directors, high school coaches, college coaches, and who knows who else?! He is the man behind the curtain, the reason for all of our success. Without coach we would just be a group of talented hockey players. Coach makes us a team and a family.
- Puts so much time and dedication into this team and program, totally deserving!
- Always does his best to answer any questions
- Draws up new drills to challenge us to go outside of our comfort zone
- Really cares about the girls as people, not only as hockey players and our lives outside of hockey
- Teaches the girls to be strong leaders and make smart decisions and to always HONOR THE TRADITION
- Thank you so much for everything you do for us!
Coach is always ready to give us his very best. Each practice is so well planed. We learn and improve every day. He cares about all of us, and wants us all to succeed together as a team and individually.
He is always there for us and I don’t think anyone has had a better coach.
CONGRATULATIONS, COACH DODDS!—AND THANK YOU!!!
Well done and timely article today in the Valley news about the humble, hard-working and talented HHS phenom number 7– Matti Hartman. Check out the link below!
This team that came together in November 2014 and worked diligently until March 2015, today captured the DI Girls Ice Hockey title for the sixth consecutive year! All three lines brought goals to the Jumbotron tally, with the strong defensive group and goalie producing their hard working and smart efforts. This season’s team journey has been highlighted by tough strings of early morning practices, conditioning drills, fun team dinners, Lake Placid, Special Olympics, play-off pals and much more, so much only known by those who are the players, team member insiders in this unique and very special team . They & their special coaches are the keepers of traditions and the strong work ethic– on and off the ice— that the team breathes. So much to be proud of, HHS team & Coaches! Congratulations to them all!
‘Twas the night before the Championship, when all through the house,
Not a player was stirring…..not even Wafflenugget or Josie;
The skates were all sharpened with the greatest of care,
In hopes that the sixth in a row title soon would be there.
The team was all nestled all snug on the ice,
While visions of goals and plays were all very nice;
And Coach Dodds in his tie, and Drew in his best,
Had just told a story about how we’ve been put to the test.
Games from Souhegan, Conval, and Berlin,
Woburn, Bellows-Free and Barnstable to begin.
With a strong start and hard work we began to see
A pattern of success, a path of victory.
So now on the Eve of the Championship Game
There is a story to tell, a story of our aim–
To honor tradition, leave no doubt, better tomorrow than today,
We’ll do our best, the highest goals are our way!
Now MALENKA, now WAGNER, now NAHABEDIAN and FENTON!
On BAKER! On HARTMAN! On LAYCOCK, MONTGOMERY!
To the top! On BRIGHAM, on WILLIAMS and TAUBE! GARDENER,
LYONS, MYERROSE, MACCORMICK, and MCNAMARA and WAGNER,
AND CERTAINLY SMIGA-McMANUS !
After the story, and the last drill were done,
The seniors exclaimed, “It’s time for some fun!”
So they lined up the team,
Along the far side,
And created a tunnel,
Through which they would slide.
Katie Fenton went first,
With a whoop and a yelp,
But because of her pads,
The girl needed some help.
Delia was ready,
As senior number two,
And entered the tunnel so fast,
Despite her height, she slid right through.
Sarah was up next,
And you know how she competes,
So she dove extra hard,
To match Delia’s feat.
Margeaux laughed as she entered— the tunnel of friends,
And with her smooth skating,
Went straight to the end.
Emma ended the effort,
With some powerful skating,
And proclaimed at the end,
“That was exhilarating”.
Our seniors work hard,
And make sure it is fun.
They honor tradition,
The tunnel is now done.
And then, all hear the hallowed stick banging cheer,
A growing rhythm mounting and steady,
Good Luck, Marauders!
Onward!…. To the ‘Ship….You are surely ready!
If you can’t make the game and want to see the game (Hanover High School vs. Bishop Brady/Trinity D1 NH Girls Ice Hockey Championship Final) on video, live streamed, go to:
The website has information that says it is free. Once you get to this page look for state of NH live games tomorrow. This is the National Federation of High Schools Network.com . If the above link does not work search this: (http://www.nfhsnetwork.com/subscribe/retail) It may take some logging on and a bit of time as these things usually do to get in, so plan accordingly and try it out ahead. Filter: State of New Hampshire.