BOSTON — A true leader, exceptional teammate and fierce competitor, Beverly’s Livvy Konaxis exemplifies all of those qualities and more.
Konaxis, along with 33 other student-athletes from all of the boys and girls high school hockey leagues in the state, were honored with the Boston Bruins MIAA Sportsmanship Award during the second intermission of last night’s Bruins 6-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes at the TD Garden.
Bruins legend Johnny Bucyk presented the awards to each of the student-athletes on the Bruins’ team bench between the second and third periods.
“The game was great and it was such an honor to be here,” said Konaxis, who also attended a pregame celebratory dinner at the TD Garden. “It’s been such an awesome season, from getting our new coaches and making the state tournament ... just to end it like this and to be recognized by the Bruins was awesome.
“To even have been nominated by my principal, Sean Gallagher, was so amazing.”
The 18-year-old Konaxis, a center who captained the Panthers girls hockey team to an 18-game unbeaten streak this winter, was nominated by Gallagher a few months back and was one of the lucky students chosen by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association for the award. Konaxis then got called down to the athletic offices, where she found out the good news.
The student-athletes were selected by representatives of their league for best exemplifying the highest standards of sportsmanship in high school ice hockey. Konaxis was selected to represent GEMIHL (Girls Eastern Mass. Ice Hockey League) Northeast Division.
A two-time Salem News all-star and all-conference selection, Konaxis best complied with any and all MIAA rules, which includes respect for opponents and game officials, camaraderie, teamwork and honored the record of conduct on and off the ice.