As a former Beverly High standout on defense (Class of 1972) who played at the old Boston Garden for his alma mater, Gilligan felt immense pride in bringing the Garden City its first state hockey championship.
"What's so important about this," said the 60-year-old Gilligan, "is that it brings the community together. I've gotten more phone calls the last 2-3 days than I can ever remember.
"A lot of little kids come out to the games; they see these guys and to them, they're like the Bruins. I tell my team, 'You're going to remember this the rest of your lives.'
Leave it to MacLaughlin, the always-happy, always-smiling junior winger, to deliver the final shot on his team's championship season.
"Team Flow had it going," he laughed.