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Tabor Academy & St. Sebastians face off to honor Travis Roy

Photo by Jennifer Heshion of Sippican Week

From Sippican Week

MARION — Travis Roy still has a soft spot for his alma mater, Tabor Academy.

A former Seawolf, Roy was the man of the hour February 4 for the 16th annual Travis Roy Cup hockey matchup between Tabor and the St. Sebastian Arrows, held inside the Travis Roy Arena.

Coming back to Tabor, though, can be bittersweet, Roy said.

“When I was here I was able-body and had the whole world ahead of me,” he said. “I can still remember that.”

In May 1995 Roy graduated from Tabor and headed to Boston University on a hockey scholarship. Just five months later, Roy slid headfirst into the boards during a matchup against the University of North Dakota, cracking his fourth and fifth vertebra.

Since his accident, Roy has spent the last 16 years traveling across New England as a motivational speaker and generating donations for the “Travis Roy Foundation.” Roy created the foundation in 1997, which has since generated over $2.5 million for spinal cord injury research.

Roy said the Travis Roy Cup rivalry between Tabor and St. Sebastian’s School in Needham began with the coaches and athletic directors. The coaches from both schools thought an annual game would make for both a great hockey game and fundraiser he said.

Travis Roy is a great speaker, and I have been lucky to have the chance to hear him speak at my school. If you can, please visit his foundation HERE and help to support his cause. Thanks!

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Belmont Hill & Nobles prep hockey rivals now stars at Princeton

From Pave


Mike Condon and Derrick Pallis are best of friends now, Princeton University teammates focused on trying to keep the puck out of the net for the men’s hockey squad.

Condon, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound junior goalie from Needham, shares time in goal with sophomore Sean Bonar.

A 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior defenseman from Medfield, Pallis anchors the blue line for the Tigers.

The two were rivals in the Independent School League, with Condon tending goal for Belmont Hill School while Pallis suited up for Noble & Greenough School in Dedham. They went head-to-head four times, with Belmont Hill winning three, according to Condon.

“We’re always chirping at each other, sometimes about our private school days, but in a respectful way,’’ said Condon, who helped Princeton complete a 1-0-1 weekend with 27 saves in a 3-3 tie against ninth-ranked Cornell last Saturday night.

Nobles and Belmont Hill represent some of New England’s  prep school hockey at it’s finest. Lots of players from both schools have gone on to play DI or DIII college hockey, and there are a few NHL players or alumni from both schools.

This would be more of a story of it were Nobles and Milton grads, but it’s a good story anyways. Nobles’ biggest rival is Milton, and not Belmont Hill. St. Seb’s hates Belmont Hill. In fact, when I toured St. Seb’s, they told me that it was a requirement that you do your best to beat Belmont Hill whenever possible.

Nobles v. Belmont Hill would make a pretty good Frozen Fenway matchup. Both teams are battling to get up in the standings in the Keller division of the ISL. A lot of people thought that Nobles would be better this year, but they lost a few really good players to graduation and to juniors. 

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I’ll be freezing at Fenway

This Wednesday at Fenway, The Rivers School’s Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Team will be facing off against St. George’s. Both schools have historically successful girls programs sending players to Boston College, Harvard, the U.S. National Team, and many others. 

A few years ago, boys prep powerhouses collided at Fenway as shown in the above videos.

I’ll be there to witness history Wednesday. Will you?

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And the celebrity prep school grad of the week is…

…Brian Boyle of St. Sebastian’s of the Independent School League. Boyle graduated from St. Seb’s and went on to play for coach Jerry York at Boston College. While at BC, Boyle helped the Eagles to defeat rivals BU for the Beanpot Championship in 2004. Boyle was not a part of a national championship team while at BC, losing to Wisconsin in the finals in 2006.

Boyle stands 6′ 7″ and now plays in the NHL for the NY Rangers. Check him out on the HBO series 24/7 every Wednesday night. The show features the Rangers and the Flyers, who will be facing off on New Years Day in the annual Winter Classic.

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And the celebrity prep school grad of the week is…

…Mike Grier, graduate of St. Sebastians. Grier just retired from a 14 year career in the NHL. Grier went on to play at Boston University for legendary coach Jack Parker, and then began his pro career, playing for Edmonton Washington, San Jose and Buffalo. All in all, Grier played in over 1,000 NHL games.

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Winter sports tryouts in full swing

Get psyched!!!

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Salisbury hockey commit travels north-south

This is a pretty interesting article on Thomas Welsh from Salisbury. He recently committed to play at Penn State. Unlike some recent US players who have left prep to play in Canada, Welsh is a Canadian who is playing prep in the US. 

Read more on Welsh’s story HERE

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Kent School center named top US hockey prospect for 2012

From Adam Kimelman/10.21.2011

Cristoval Nieves, a center at the Kent (Conn.) School, ranks as NHL Central Scouting’s top-rated U.S. high school player eligible for the 2012 Entry Draft.

NHL Central Scouting on Friday released its list of Players to Watch for Canadian and U.S. junior and midget hockey leagues and U.S. scholastic leagues.

A 6-foot-2 3/4, 184-pound center, Nieves had 43 goals and 18 assists in just 23 games last season, and is the lone player to earn an ‘A’ ranking on the list, meaning he is a potential first- or second-round pick.

Nieves was selected by the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2010 OHL draft, after a season that saw him score 30 goals and 72 points in 60 games with the Syracuse Jr. Nationals, but instead is spending another season with the elite prep school.

He’s committed to the University of Michigan for the fall of 2012.

Central Scouting’s Gary Eggleston said Nieves might be a “first round-type of player.”

Nieves should be tearing it up in the Founders League this year. Wait & see if this makes Kent a top program for 2011/2012.

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Prep school hockey college commitments

Puck season is coming up soon. Here are the current prep school hockey commitments (all from NE prep schools):

  • Tim Driscoll/Phillips Andover Academy–Committed to Holy Cross
  • Colin Sullivan/Avon Old Farms–Committed to Yale
  • Kevin Duane/Brunswick–Committed to Boston University
  • Ben Foster/Choate Rosemary Hall–Committed to Princeton
  • Shane Eiserman/Cushing Academy–Committed to UNH
  • Corey Scammon/Cushing Academy–Committed to UMass/Lowell
  • Brian Hart/Philips Exeter Academy–Committed to Harvard
  • Nathan Ferreiro/Governer’s Academy–Committed to Northeastern
  • Michael Doherty/Groton School–Committed to Yale
  • Jarrid Privitera/The Gunnery–Committed to Boston University
  • Jake Wood/The Gunnery–Committed to Rensselaer
  • Shane Hearn/Hebron Academy–Committed to Army
  • Wiley Sherman/Hotchkiss–Committed to Harvard
  • Cristoval Nieves/Kent School–Committed to Michigan
  • Niko Rufo/Kimball Union–Committed to Providence College
  • Adam Gilmour/Nobles & Greenough–Committed to Quinnipiac
  • Nick Ellis/Pomfret–Committed to Providence College
  • Jason Kalinowski/Salisbury School–Committed to UNH
  • Thomas Welsh/Salisbury School–Committed to Penn State
  • Anthony Florentino/South Kent School–Committed to Providence College
  • Ryan Bliss/St. Paul’s School–Committed to Cornell
  • Patrick Spano/Westminster School–Committed to Yale


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