After playing JV hockey for Central Catholic as a freshman, Soucy moved on to play a year of junior hockey for the Valley Junior Warriors before deciding to return to the Raiders this winter.
“Fred always wanted Colin to play high school hockey at Central Catholic,” said his mother. “He really liked the school and hockey program. We, of course, wish Fred could be here to see this. It is hard, but I am very glad he is doing what he is doing.”
Soucy earned the starting job for the Raiders in the preseason, and in his debut notched an 18-save shutout against Westford. He has been in net for all 13 of the Raiders’ games, delivering a 1.85 goals-against average and victories over archrival Andover and New Hampshire favorite Salem.
“After everything he has been through he is really an amazing kid,” said Central coach Mike Jankowski. “He works so hard and has come so far. I can’t imagine where we would be without him. I know there are 24 kids and five coaches that are sure happy he came back.”
His best performance came against reigning Super 8 finalist St. John’s Prep, when he made 27 saves in a 2-1 victory over the Eagles, currently ranked the No. 6 team in the state.
“After we beat St. John’s Prep I thought, ‘I wish my dad was here to see that,’” said Colin. “But my mom and brother (Alec, a freshman at UMass Lowell) are here to support me. I have had a great time with the guys, and being around this team has been a special experience.”
Watching Colin star for the Raiders has proven a tremendous experience for the entire Soucy family, and has continued the strong bond between father and son.
“Colin truly has his own connection to Fred,” said Allison. “He may have a (ritual) he goes through before every game, but he doesn’t mention it. But he thinks about his dad, and he is fulfilling his dream of playing hockey. He just keeps working hard and doing what he has to do, and that is something he and Fred certainly had in common.”
1. Central Catholic 9-2-2
2. Salem 9-2-2
3. Londonderry 8-2-1
4. Brooks 8-3-1
5. Pinkerton 6-4-3
Honorable mention: North Reading (7-4), Amesbury-Whittier (6-6-4)
Hear his story
For video of Central Catholic goalie Colin Soucy telling his story, and highlights of his play in net, visit eagletribune.com/sports.