Locals earn Sportsmanship Awards

The Boston Bruins and the MIAA have announced this year’s Sportsmanship Award winners. The players will be honored on Thursday, April 1 at the TD Garden during the first intermission of the Boston Bruins game against the Florida Panthers.

Tom Krysil – St. John’s (Catholic West Conference)

A senior forward, Tom Krysil has shown a strong work ethic in the classroom and on the ice. He is a three year member of the varsity hockey team at St. John’s High School whose leadership has shown in a variety of activities including Student Activities Council and Model United Nations. St. John’s High School Counselor David Wentzell says, “I can think of no student with a higher degree of character, integrity, honesty and personal responsibility. He is full of promise and potential – a person for whom I see no boundaries or limits to what he can accomplish. He is the epitome of self-discipline, self-confidence, character, integrity and honesty.”

Matt Brown – Nashoba (Coughlin Conference)

A senior center, Matt Brown has played multiple roles with the Nashoba team on scoring lines, checking lines, power play, and penalty killing units.  He is known for his positive attitude, diligent work ethic, and team first attitude.  Nashoba Head Coach Steve Kendall says, “Matt is one of the most respectful young men I have encountered.  He is polite, he takes responsibility for his actions, and is respectful to all.  He is a fine young man and would hope my son turns out to be as good a person as Matt is.”

David McCauley – Westboro (Quinn Conference)

A senior forward, David McCauley was a captain on the Westborough High School team this season.  He was a team leader known for his positive attitude.  Westborough Head Coach Ed Belbin says, “David has an impeccable record on and off the ice.  He is a solid student challenging himself with a challenging course load.  His reputation around the rink and in school is outstanding.  Teachers offer unsolicited high praise for his attitude and work ethic.  He does nothing but bring honor to our team, high school and greater community.  He was selected to serve as assistant captain because of his ability to serve as such a great ambassador for all three constituencies.”

Joe Ackil – Algonqin (Roy Conference)

A senior center, Joe Ackil is known for his team first, selfless attitude.  After spending the previous three seasons as a forward, Joe spent the beginning of this season as a defenseman to help bolster the team’s defensive efforts.  He then adjusted back to forward, anchoring the checking line and penalty-killing units.  Algonquin Head Coach Scott Ellison says, “Joe always had the final word during the captain’s speeches before the start of games because he had a way of capturing the spirit of the moment.  Whatever he was asked to do by the coaches, he did without question and without reserve.  Respected by his peers, his leadership included his command in the locker room, his intensity on the ice, his respect for others, but most importantly, the academic and social example he set at school on a daily basis.”


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