ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Ali O’Leary, junior forward for the Reading Memorial High School Rockets is the recipient of its fifth annual "Miss Hockey" award, presented to the top female high school hockey player in Massachusetts.
The Miss Hockey Award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and high school hockey coaches. O’Leary will be presented with the award at a later date.
“Ali has earned the rightful reputation as one of the state’s most feared scorers in recent years,” said Scott Barboza, ESPN Boston High Schools editor and coordinator of the site’s hockey coverage. “But she’s more than just a goal-scoring threat. She’s a complete player who gives attention to all three zones of play and does the little things required to help her team succeed. That was evidenced in this year’s state championship run.”
O’Leary led the Division 1 state champion Rockets in points this year, scoring 41 goals with 24 assists for 65 points. Through three seasons, O’Leary already stands as the second all-time leading scorer in program history, with 155 points.
“Her ability to play her best hockey in the most needed moments this season for our team is why I feel she is the most valuable player in all of Division 1 girls’ hockey this season,” Reading head coach Mike Golden said.
“Every coach dreams of having a player like Ali. She has incredible talent, relentless drive and is a consummate teammate with no ego. She has been the catalyst of our program's success the past three years and she is the first to lay praise on her teammates.”