Ending his hockey career with a special honor means a lot to Giuseppe Zarro, who will attend UMass Dartmouth next year but won’t go out for the hockey team.
A Peabody High hockey captain, Zarro was one of the 2014 Hobey Baker Character Award winners honored earlier this week at a ceremony at TD Garden in Boston.
The award has been presented annually since 2003 by the Hobey Baker Memorial Award Committee, Warrior Hockey, and the New England Sports Museum. It honors high school boys and girls displaying character and sportsmanship both on an off the ice. This prestigious award recognizes integrity, a positive attitude, coachability, outstanding sportsmanship, and community spirit.
“I nominated Giuseppe because he’s a great kid; a gentle giant,” said Tanner boys hockey coach Mark Leonard. “He has worked at my camps and done a great job. I don’t think he had more than six penalties in the four years he played for me. He represents everything they are looking for in this award; a lot of character and respect for the game. Giuiseppe also respects his teammates, opponents, and referees.”
Zarro was a three-year varsity contributor for the Tanners, and like most defensemen often played the role of unsung hero on the ice.
“He’s a big, strong kid and could go on to play in college if he wants to, but he is also a very good student and academics are important to him. He comes from a wonderful family, too. He deserves this award because he always got the job done with little fanfare,” said Leonard. “His name wasn’t in the newspaper often, but he was out there every other shift helping his team.”
Zarro is also a defenseman for the Peabody lacrosse team. He began playing that sport when he was in the seventh grade. He plans to major in biochemistry with the intention of going into pre-med.