ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Brendan Collier, senior winger for the Malden Catholic Lancers, is the recipient of its second annual "Mr. Hockey" award, presented to the top male high school hockey player in Massachusetts.
The Mr. Hockey Award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and high school hockey coaches. Collier will be presented with the award at a later date.
“Brendan Collier has been one of the most dynamic hockey talents in all of New England during the last couple of years,” said Scott Barboza, co-editor of ESPN Boston High Schools and coordinator of the site’s hockey coverage. “Not only is Collier a skilled player in the offensive zone, his true value as a hockey player is evident in all the little things he brings to the game. Whether it’s hustling on the backcheck or helping to kill a penalty while playing defense, Collier has proved he’s a true champion.”
The Lancers captain and Charlestown resident led the program to its second straight Super 8 tournament title on Sunday in a 3-1 win over rival BC High. The championship capped an emotional season for MC, with coach Chris Serino battling cancer.
In addition to tallying a goal in this year's Super 8 final, Collier also netted the overtime game-winner during the Division 1A final last season against St. John's Prep.
The Boston University commit tallied 26 goals and 39 assists for 65 points. Collier led all Division 1 scorers this season, holding a six-point advantage over the second-place finisher.
“During a very emotional season, he didn’t focus on himself or his individual statistics, he worried about his teammates and Coach Serino,” Lancers coach John McLean said.
Collier looks to play a year of junior hockey next year before joining the Terriers in 2013. He is also a member of MC's golf and lacrosse teams.
“His selflessness and leadership brought another Super 8 title to Malden Catholic and Coach Serino,” McLean said. “His hockey future is very bright, his future as a person is limitless. It was truly an honor to coach Brendan.”