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March 21, 2013

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Jaffarian delivers for Haverhill

Haverhill High Athletics Department got a nice gift from Jaffarian Volvo Toyota Scion president Gary Jaffarian, to the tune of $4,100.

Jaffarian donated the money as part of a program he started two years ago, called Game On!, which donates money to Haverhill High and surrounding schools for purchasing a car at their Water Street facility in Haverhill.

Game On! has donated more than $18,000 to area high schools, helping to promote students to participate, including those who can’t afford users’ fees.

This year alone, the Hillies have captured four Merrimack Valley Conference titles and 11 teams have competed in post-season play. Other recent accomplishments include two teams ranked No. 1 in the state and the football team snapped a 32-game losing streak by going 8-3 last fall. The boys’ volleyball team advanced to the state final match last spring and the wrestling program was restored. In addition, significant facility improvements have been implemented including a new gym floor, entrance to high school athletic facilities, and renovation of the playing fields.

Hockey East honors

Boston College sophomore forward Johnny Gaudreau was named Player of the Year by the Hockey East Writers and Broadcasters Association while UMass Lowell head coach Norm Bazin was named Coach of the Year and Providence goaltender Jon Gillies captured the association’s Rookie of the Year award.

Gaudreau was also a unanimous selection on the HEWBA’s All-Hockey East First Team while his BC teammate, Mike Matheson, along with forwards Danny O’Regan (Boston University) and Kevin Roy (Northeastern) were unanimous choices for the HEWBA’s All-Rookie Team.

Merrimack had two players honored: Junior forward Mike Collins was named to the All-Hockey East first team with 12 goals and 21 assists in league games, tied for second overall, and junior defenseman Jordan Heywood, who was second on the team in scoring with eight goals and 13 assists in 39 games, was named the second team.

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