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March 7, 2013

Big winter for the Butterbrodt boys

Big winter for the Butterbrodt boys

The Butterbrodts of North Andover had an eventful couple of weeks recently.

The last week of February, oldest son @text5:Max Butterbrodt,@text5: a junior at St. John’s Prep, had the best game of his career scoring 19 points in a win over Billerica in the first round of the state basketball tournament. Max’s team went undefeated in the Catholic Conference and at one point was the No. 1 ranked team in the state.

Two days earlier, @text5:Ian Butterbrodt@text5:, a sophomore at St. John’s, won the all-state wrestling tournament in Salem, Mass., copping tourney’s Outstanding Wrestler award after sweeping the 220-pound weight class. A few weeks earlier, Ian led the wrestling team to its first Div. 1 Dual Meet championship.

While the Prep basketball team was upset by Andover last Friday night and Ian lost in the finals of the New England Wrestling Championships in Providence, R.I., it doesn’t take away from their incredible accomplishments this winter.

Daccord creates new goalie stat

Brian Daccord @text5:of North Andover has always been an innovative guy who has been involved in nearly every area of hockey imaginable.

He’s been a player at many levels, a coach at many levels including the NHL, an instructor, a scout and an owner. In fact, he was a Bruins assistant when @text5:Tim Thomas@text5: started with the organization about nine years ago.

Well, Daccord, who runs “Stop It Goaltending,” has introduced a new statistic which, he feels, will make it easier to assess a goalie’s performance.

“With goaltending stats you have goals against average (GAA) and save percentage, but no equivalent statistic to a total points for skaters,” said Daccord.

The Stop It Goaltending Performance Rating (GPR) merges a goalie’s GAA and saves percentage to allow for a better representation of the goalie’s performance. This stat is then used to rank goalies performance within their league and also compare them to over 500 high-level goalies across North America.

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