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February 8, 2013

More honors for Collins

Merrimack hockey junior Mike Collins, of Boston, is one of 16 semifinalists for the 2013 Walter Brown Award, given to the best American-Born hockey player in New England, as announced by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston on Tuesday.

The award, established in 1953, is also the nation’s oldest nationally-recognized college hockey honor.

The Hockey East has the most semifinalists (8) while the ECAC (7) and Atlantic Hockey (1) also have representatives up for the prestigious award. Last year’s winner, Brett Gensler, from Bentley University is also up for the award again this year.

The Hockey East Player of the Month for January, Collins, leads the team and is second in the Hockey East in total points (32), 14 goals and 18 assists. Collins also leads all Hockey East players in conference scoring as he has racked up 27 points in 18 conference games so far this year.

Curtain has Andover ties

We had a nugget in today’s paper about Jim Curtain officially retiring as the boys baseball coach at Burlington High after 52 years and 612 wins. Well, we left one minor fact out about Curtain.

He is the grandfather of E.J. Perry III, an eighth grader in Andover and one of the best up-and-coming three sport athletes in the area. Perry’s mom, Kathleen, is Curtain’s daughter. Mrs. Perry’s two brothers were also star baseball players at Boston College.

We hear that young E.J. is following in his uncles’ and grandfather’s footsteps when it comes to baseball. While E.J.’s father, E.J. Jr., was a great athlete in his day, he gets no credit for his son’s baseball skills as he competed in track in the spring.

Want play bocce or

ump softball? Call Mario

Methuen’s Mario Pagnoni is the point man for locals who would like to play bocce or take classes to become a softball umpire.

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