LAWRENCE — Colin Soucy, from time to time, still finds himself looking up into the stands during games for the face of his biggest fan, the man he looked to for encouragement for so many years.
“My dad was at every single one of my games for 13 years,” said Soucy. “If I made a save I would look up into the crowd and see him cheering. I wish more than anything that he could be here with me. But I know he is watching down on me.”
This winter, Soucy has taken the reins as the starting goalie for red-hot Central Catholic, starring in net for the squad that is 9-2-2 and ranked No. 5 in the state.
With each performance, good or bad, Soucy draws on the strength he gained from his father, lifelong North Andover resident Fred Soucy, who passed away in Oct. 2010 at 50-years-old following a three-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
“I think about my father every night,” said Soucy, a junior. “It was so tough to lose him when I was just 13-years-old. But it has been a great motivation for me. I watched me dad work so hard through the cancer and beat it, so it means I can battle through anything that has comes against me and I can beat it.”
It was from his father, who served 28 years as a member of the North Andover police department, that Colin learned his love of hockey.
“My dad played hockey in high school but said he wasn’t very good,” said Soucy with a smile. “But he loved the game. We would talk about everything. Every time I made a save from squirts he would cheer. He would keep track of all of my saves and we would keep stats.”
While he coached his son in baseball from T-ball on, Fred kept his distance in hockey, providing mainly moral support, cheering loudly as his son emerged as a star in net.