2013-14 All-Eagle hockey capsules
Senior defenseman, Wahconah
The All-Eagle MVP was the county's best two-way player, starting breakouts from the back line and finding his way onto the scoresheet through both goals and assists. Jamross led Wahconah with 19 assists, and was third on the team in points (26).
The coach's take: He pretty much anchors everything we do, whether it's power play or our PK.
-- Don Disbrow, Wahconah coach
Senior center, Wahconah
The Swedish exchange student led the Warriors' offense, scoring a team-high 17 goals and also leading the way in points (30). Once Wahconah moved him from wing to center, Gustafsson was able to traverse the rink and use his size and speed to his advantage. Disbrow also said his defense improved as the Warriors piled up the victories.
The coach's take: He's got such great speed. He can cover both sides of the ice.
Sophomore wing, Wahconah
Simply put, Beaudoin did the dirty work for Wahconah's "Blue" line. If a forward had to be physical along the boards behind the net to get the puck out, Beaudoin would do it. He'd also come out with it himself, which allowed him to tally 27 points -- 18 of them on assists.
The coach's take: He's a grinder. He's not afraid to go in those dirty areas. He'll go down in the corner and get beat up, and he's coming out with the puck. He just does all those things others aren't willing to do. He's not necessarily flashy, but he's just going to go there, bang bodies and take the puck. He does everything you need guys to do.
Junior forward, Wahconah
In his first season as a Warrior, Flynn gradually made Wahconah's front line the best in the county -- and in Western Mass. Division III-A. He scored nine goals and added 15 assists, making him the fourth-highest scorer on the team. The speedy Flynn could also move well without the puck, and his coaches were impressed by his "high hockey IQ," as Disbrow called it.
The coach's take: It wasn't as much what he gave the line as it was what he gave the team. That kid's just a class act. He's won in soccer. He's won in baseball. He knows what it takes to prepare to win. He didn't have a letter on his sweater, but he would occasionally speak up in the locker room and have candid conversations with the coaches. He talked to the coaches in our conversations like another coach.
Senior defenseman, Taconic
Like Jamross, Rapant started on offense, but agreed to switch to the back line to help the team. His coach, Stephen Terpak, said the move was the best thing to happen to Taconic "in a long time." Rapant became the Braves' best defenseman, and he could always be counted upon to make good breakout passes.
The coach's take: Harry was the absolute general on the ice, every time he was there. He controlled the entire play defensively and offensively. He is, in my opinion, the absolute best player in our division at controlling the puck along the boards.
-- Stephen Terpak, Taconic coach
Junior goalie, Taconic
Leary backstopped the Braves all season, and was a key part of some of their biggest wins -- including a come-from-behind, 4-3 win over eventual state finalist Wahconah in January. Terpak estimated that, over the season, Leary had stopped 80 to 90 percent of the breakaway shots he faced.
The coach's take: Brenden is just, plain and simple, solid. He's always solid. Brenden never has a bad game. He's extremely consistent. He is very strong in his fundamentals. He's always on his angle. ... Without Brenden, I think a lot of our games would turn out much more different than they did.
Junior forward, Mount Everett
Malicky scored a team-high 19 goals this season, adding six assists. He was one of eight juniors on the roster this season, and his coach, Aidan Gilligan, believes Malicky can reach and/or surpass the 20-goal mark in his senior season.
The coach's take: He was phenomenal on the offensive end all season long. His ability to stickhandle through opponents, whether they tried to play the body or puck, was far beyond what you expect from a high school student.
-- Aidan Gilligan, Mount Everett coach
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