For the 10th year, the MIAA and Boston Bruins partnered to honor student-athletes from every boys' and girls' high school ice hockey league in the state for best exemplifying a commitment to the ideals of sportsmanship throughout the season, the Boston Herald reported.
These student-athletes were selected by representatives of their league according to the following award criteria:
- An exemplary record of complying, both in spirit and letter, with all league and MIAA rules and regulations during the season.
- A demonstrated record of respectfully accepting the rulings of game officials during the season.
- A record of conduct, on and off the ice that brings honor to self, team, school, and community.
- An exhibited commitment to teamwork by providing all members with recognition of their talents, an opportunity to contribute them to the team, and a spirit of camaraderie.
- A demonstrated respect for opponents before, during, and after games.
Now a senior at Norwood High School, hockey player Matt Brown has been confined to a wheelchair since an injury during a game in 2010.
“Matt has been a true leader at Norwood High School and the entire community," Norwood Head Coach Bill Clifford said. "His upbeat personality makes everyone around him feel special. He uses his handicap to inspire everyone who comes in contact with him. I can think of no other student athlete more deserving of this award than Matt Brown.”
The full list of winners is available here.