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March 12, 2014

Beverly High hockey notebook: First Gillette, now the Garden for Morency

Jack Morency is well versed in Beverly High hockey history.

The four-year starter and senior defenseman has heard plenty of stories from his grandfather, Roger Morency, who captained the 1953 Panthers’ squad. His father John was a football/basketball/baseball star at BHS, but was head of Beverly Youth Hockey for a time and is certainly familiar with the history of hockey in his hometown.

But now it’s Jack’s turn to make some history of his own.

Having played at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough during the Beverly football team’s 2012 unbeaten championship season, Morency will now achieve an ultra-rare double-double of also getting to play at the TD Garden in Boston Sunday afternoon while wearing the Orange-and-Black.

“It’s been my luck of the draw to play on two great teams like those,” said Morency, who will patrol the blue line for the Panthers Sunday when they meet Medfield High for the Division 2 state championship (time TBA). “Getting to play at the Garden ... there are no words to describe it.

“On that football team, we had a lot of seniors and juniors who took the lead in games and practices, and that really carried us. It’s the same mindset we have in hockey; there’s a lot of upperclassmen who’ve taken control: the captains, other seniors and juniors. It’s been a total team effort to get us to this point.”

Morency earned his first playoff point in Monday’s 9-1 shellacking of Tewksbury in the North final. He has two goals and seven assists on the season, but that’s only a small part of his game.

Generally regarded as the team’s best bodychecker, Morency is usually good for a couple of big open-ice pops per game or along the walls. Steady is the best way to describe his body of work on defense; he knows when to chip the puck out of his zone, how to use his body to get leverage and move opponents from the front of his team’s net, and when to pinch and take chances.

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