Leave no doubt, HHS girls’ ice hockey has been extremely fortunate to have a superb coaching staff that provides not only top notch experienced coaching, but also invaluable mentoring and ‘life’ guidance.
Upon my request, assistant coach Brian Drew forwarded some thoughts about his involvement in the HHS girls’ hockey program.
“I have been coaching hockey for 25-30 years. Although my favorite sport growing up was basketball, I started coaching hockey when my first son was in “Learn to Play Hockey” at about age 5 because there was a shortage of coaches. I learned to skate and play hockey with him and my two other sons. More than 25 years later I still love going to practice and traveling all over New England to play games.
Over the years I coached all youth hockey levels, from Mites through Bantams, and for about a decade I ran a fall hockey program for high school players who did not play a fall sport. I also coached the Hericanes, an upper valley women’s hockey team that Karyl played on. For a few hours a week she had to do whatever I said! :-) I began coaching the Hanover High School Girls’ team in 2006 (or 2007, need to check this date) when John needed an assistant coach. He and I had coached youth hockey together a few times, and I thought it would be fun to help out. That has certainly turned out to be the case.
I enjoy helping develop young hockey players, being part of a team, and working with teenagers. I get to do all three with this team! I am so impressed with the student-athletes we get to work with. They set challenging goals, work hard and have fun. I love the team spirit we have managed to sustain from one year to the next next. I also appreciate that today’s player is tomorrow’s friend. It is always interesting to connect with former players who return for practices and the annual alumni game.
I am fortunate to be part of this program. In fact, more generally, I am fortunate to be part of this community. So many people have given time, attention and support to my children. It is a pleasure to try to give a little back in return.”
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And….. game tomorrow vs. Kingswood, 5 PM away. Go Marauders!
“That game was fun to watch!” I heard several fans comment. Great game, a lot of action, strategy, and great puck movement back and forth with speed. This match up was against the third ranked HS girls’ team in Massachusetts, Woburn, now (17- 2- 2).
The HHS team skated with energy and heart, all players trying their hardest, leaving it on the ice in a game that came down to a tie.
Great HHS chances early, but Woburn scored first in the first period on a power play. We evened the score about 2 minutes into the second period on a slap shot from inside the circle. Some terrific defense and Marauder goalie saves in the second and third.
Marauders came out of the locker room to start the final period ready and energized. HHS started with just over a minute left on the power play, but couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity. The back and forth feisty scramble with corner battles for pucks continued throughout the third period.
Another power play opportunity for HHS with 6 minutes to go and several more -oh -so -close moments. Woburn tried a sneaky stretch long pass play from the opposite side end face off several times in the last minutes to get the puck down to their scoring zone, but HHS gals were on to it and on it. HHS had a lot of very close shots, good plays, and worked together really well, but just couldn’t get the go ahead.
Offense, defense, goalie played some excellent hockey tonight! Thoughtful smart decisions, focused, poised & aggressive. Great effort, team Marauders!
Great game today, Marauders! A terrific game to celebrate the last home game for our wonderful seniors. We are proud of all of them!
Tomorrow, the team travels to Woburn for a game at 6 PM with Woburn High. Three more regular season games to go, including the game in Massachusetts tomorrow. This may be the Marauders toughest competition and best game yet. The game will be played at O’Brien Rink, 55 Locust Street, Woburn, MA. Go Marauders!
Photos: All courtesy of master photographer, Paul Stinson. Thank you, Paul!
The time has come to celebrate our seniors! It doesn’t seem possible this time of year is here for this remarkable and wonderful group of 8, the class of 2017.
Fantastic players, leaders, teammates, students, friends. Their friendship, skating, and hockey years go well back in time together. Many wonderful, special experiences on their varied journey, starting with youth hockey and HHA, and up through HHS. Looking at their senior spotlights posted over the past week, it’s clear this is a talented, hardworking, focused and fun loving bunch. Their leadership this year has been top shelf. Congratulations to all of them!
Warm-up is at 12:30 tomorrow at Campion, with introduction of the seniors and their parents before the game. After the game, the girls will skate a last regular season once around the rink as seniors have done before them- hand in hand, slow and steady. Smiles, laughs, and maybe some tears? Bring your tissues.
Come on out to cheer on HHS in the last regular season home game and celebrate our seniors pre and post game. T.N.G.
Thoughtful, selfless, cheerful, focused and committed. Maddie is all of these. She has been a great Captain and a wonderful role model for her teammates. She does a nice job of getting everyone focused before games. She knows what elements of the game need to be emphasized and she conveys her thoughts well.
We had high expectations of Maddie this season and she has exceeded them. She has stepped up her game and made a difference. She takes pride in shutting down opponents and she contributes in the offensive end as well. Good hands, quick shot release and the ability to find her open teammate make her an offensive threat every shift.
I think we’ll see great things from Maddie and her senior teammates during our stretch run.
Strong skater who uses her speed and size to control the puck along the boards.
Has shifty moves with good stick handling skills.
Wrist shot has improved tremendously, she consistently gets off low and hard shots that create scoring and rebound opportunities.
Smart, versatile player who can play center or wing and is effective at both ends of the ice.
Great attitude, has always put the team first over her three years, has lead by example.
Strong leadership skills, she says “the right things at the right time”.
Member of the “back of the bus” gang, though she does sneak in homework on some bus rides.
Maddie is a natural leader. She always has the interest of the whole team in mind and thinks of everyone’s perspective. On the ice, she has improved immensely over the past four years and I have enjoyed watching her grow into the leader and hockey player that she is today.
Gives great advice, an awesome role model, SO fast, great hands, really positive, keeps us focused.
Her hard work and drive on the ice is nothing in comparison to her fun and energetic attitude. She always has something constructive to say and keeps the team focused and on track.
Maddie is a great captain. She always makes sure that everyone is focused both for games and practices. It might be hard to tell teammates to stop or focus all the time but she does a great job.
Organized, I can always rely on her.
A great leader. I love her dedication and kindness.
Maddie has great handwriting when she writes our three goals on the board before a game. She encourages us to be focused in a way that is not annoying and is helpful. She is great captain.
Maddie is very nice and hard working. She is devoted to the team. She is a great forward, and plays with intensity.
Team mom, super smart and organized and brings the focus.
Maddie does every drill to completion the way coach wants it done, setting a great example for everyone around her.
Such a strong leader. Always puts the team first. Great sense of the game, hard passes and shots. Every game she plays better. Fast! Always does the little things too, like picking up pucks. She goes the extra mile.
Tough loss tonight to Exeter, in a game where both teams played some solid hockey. Both teams fought the tough battle for pucks and opportunities. Exeter struck first, with Hanover getting on the board soon after to send the teams to the locker rooms 1-1 after one. The second period Exeter went up again, this time on a power play goal. Hanover had some opportunities, but the Exeter goalie was up to the task. 1-2 after two. The third period Hanover went down 3-1, again during an Exeter power play. It was a busy third, and Hanover was able to even the score to 3-3, but with about 2:30 left, another call, and another opponent power play goal. That one went unanswered, as HHS pulled the goalie for the last minute of play. Shots- Hanover 49, Exeter 14
Good match up. This team will the find positive lessons from this loss.
Next game: Senior Celebration game- 12:30 PM Wednesday. HHS vs. Bishop Brady/Trinity