SALEM NEWS 2013-14 BOYS HOCKEY ALL-STAR TEAM
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
If someone had a better ending to his high school hockey career than Connor Irving, we’d like to see it.
Beverly’s 5-foot-6 speedster did it all in leading the Panthers to their first state championship this winter. He led the North Shore in both goals (24) and scoring (55 points). He had eight goals and two assists in four playoff games, including a 4-point, 1-assist masterpiece in the Division 2 North final against Tewksbury. He finished his four-year career as Beverly’s new all-time leading scorer with 196 points (74 goals, a school record 122 assists), besting the previous record by 24 points.
There’s more. Irving had a pair of 5-game games this season, one 4-point game and eight 3-point outings. The Panther captain scored three times against Gloucester and, combined with his 4-goal game vs. Tewksbury, was the only North Shore player to record multiple hat tricks this season. He also had a four-assist contest against Peabody, led the region with five game-winning goals, and scored at least one goal in each of Beverly’s four postseason games.
Then, of course, was the biggest play he made all season, scoring the game-winning goal early in the third period of Beverly’s 2-1 victory over Medfield in the Division 2 North title game at TD Garden in Boston.
The godson of Beverly head coach Bobby Gilligan, Irving was named to the Northeastern Conference’s All-Conference team for the third straight season, was a Shriners Game selection and will play in this weekend’s North/South all-star game at the DCU Center in Worcester.
Planning on doing a post-graduate year at either Berkshire, Tilton or Kents Hill upon his graduation from Beverly High this June, Irving would like to play college hockey. He thanks his father, Kenny, who has coached him throughout his life and has helped make him into the player he is today.