March 24, 2013

Bangor forward wins Travis Roy Award

Parker Sanderson becomes the first Bangor player chosen as the best senior in Class A hockey.

By Paul Betit pbetit@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

LEWISTON - Parker Sanderson, a forward from Bangor High, became the 18th recipient of the Travis Roy Award Sunday afternoon.

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Parker Sanderson moved from Houlton after his sophomore year and quickly made a big impact on Bangor’s program.

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ROY AWARD WINNERS

2013: Parker Sanderson, Bangor

2012: C.J. Maksut, Thornton Academy

2011: Cam Poussard, Lewiston

2010: Trevor Fleurent, Biddeford

2009: Richard Paradis, St. Dominic

2008: Tony Dube, Biddeford

2007: Kit Smith, Brunswick

2006: Ted Fabian, Messalonskee

2005: Peter Gustavson, Falmouth

2004: Kyle Smith, Edward Little

2003: Nate Hart, Waterville

2002: Josh Benson, Edward Little

2001: Joey Dumais, St. Dominic

2000: J.D. Walker, Portland

1999: Chad Hart, Waterville

1998: Casey LaFlamme, Biddeford

1997: Matt Greason, NYA

1996: Brian Toussaint, St. Dominic

Sanderson was honored at the Class A hockey banquet after a season in which he led Bangor to the Eastern Maine final. He was among the state's top scorers despite missing three games because of a scary leg injury.

Sanderson was chosen from a group of four finalists that included Scarborough defenseman Nick Bagley, Cheverus forward Cam McLain and St. Dom's goalie Grant Carrier.

"The group of guys that were in it this year were all tremendous people," Sanderson said. "To win it is just absolutely amazing and astonishing because the group of kids, like I said, were amazing people and I just can't be thankful enough."

"If they could give away four awards, like they should have this year, I would be totally for it, but I'm just thankful to win this award," he added.

The award, presented to the top senior in Class A hockey, is named for Travis Roy, a former Yarmouth High and North Yarmouth Academy player who suffered a severe spinal cord injury just 11 seconds into his first shift for Boston University on Oct. 25, 1995.

"(Hockey) is about doing what you love, and Travis Roy is a constant reminder to enjoy every second of what you love and never take it for granted because that ability can be taken away in an instant," Sanderson said during a brief speech at the Class A hockey banquet before the award was presented.

"His love for the game showed on and off the ice. He's admired by the hockey community as well as being a role model for all age groups because of what he himself represents. Travis Roy may have only gotten 11 seconds of his dream, but he gave the rest of us a lifetime of dreams to go after."

Sanderson, the first Bangor player to win the award, had 25 goals and 26 assists in 18 games.

"He's a very great character kid," Bangor Coach Quinn Paradis said. "He was captain of the team and was very supportive, on and off the ice."

Sanderson was temporarily knocked out of the lineup when a skate blade cut into the back of one of his legs.

"He had an injury that could have ended his season," Paradis said, "but he came back and finished the season strong."

Originally from Houlton, Sanderson moved to Bangor with his family after his sophomore year.

"It was quite a change to come from a small town in northern Maine to a bigger town in Bangor and one of the largest (high) schools in the state," Paradis said. "He made a great adjustment and he's been a great asset to the community."

Sanderson, who also plays baseball, isn't sure whether he'll attend prep school or play junior hockey season.

"I'm keeping all options open, and see how it goes from there," he said.

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