Tuesday, March 11, 2014
By Paul Betit email@example.com
CUMBERLAND - When it comes to playing hockey, Ted Hart hasn't had to look far for his inspiration.
Ted Hart carries on a family tradition of hockey excellence, scoring 35 goals while leading Greely to its second Class B title and winning the Telegram’s player of the year award.
Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer
ALL-STATE BOYS' HOCKEY
Nick Bagley, Scarborough, senior, defenseman
Led Class A defensemen in scoring with 15 goals and 25 assists.
Grant Carrier, St. Dom's, senior, goaltender
Compiled a 6-3-1 record in the regular season with a 2.08 goals-against average and three shutouts.
Dan Condon, Maranacook/Hall-Dale/Winthrop, junior, forward
Had 23 goals and 32 assists to lead the Hawks to the Eastern Class A quarterfinals.
Patrick DeBlois, Lewiston, junior, defenseman
Had 11 goals and 17 assists to help the Blue Devils capture the Eastern Class A title.
Dalton Finley, Scarborough, senior, goaltender
Led Class A goalies with nine shutouts and compiled a 1.40 goals-against average.
Hugh Grygiel, Falmouth, senior, forward
Recorded 27 goals and 17 assists while helping the Yachtsmen capture their first Class A state title.
Ted Hart, Greely, junior, forward
Finished with 35 goals and 16 assists, and led Greely to its second straight Class B state championship.
Kyle Lemelin, Lewiston, junior, forward
Led the Blue Devils in scoring with 18 goals and 21 assists.
Cam McLain, Cheverus, senior, forward
Totaled 22 goals and 21 assists to lead the Stags to the Western Class A semifinals.
Kyle Megathlin, Greely, senior, defenseman
Had eight goals and 14 assists for a team that won its third Class B state title in five seasons.
Jack Pike, Falmouth, senior, defenseman
Assisted on 22 goals and had a team-high plus-minus rating of plus-58.
Parker Sanderson, Bangor, senior, forward
Received the Travis Roy Award as Class A's top senior. Compiled 26 goals and 25 assists for the runner-up team in Eastern Class A.
Coach of the Year
Deron Barton, Falmouth
Barton, a former high school standout in Massachusetts and captain at Merrimack College, guided the Yachtsmen to their first Class A state championship in his second season with the program.
"Fortunately, I had a lot of great coaches, and I grew up with guys who loved and breathed the game," Barton said. "My philosophy is you can't win anything without playing as a team. You have to make a commitment to the team, and I believe in teaching fundamentals with an emphasis on conditioning."
His older brothers, Kevin and Brian, have already blazed a trail for him and he's worked hard to keep up with them.
"I kind of look at the success they've had and it's something you want to match," he said. "It's always some kind of inspiration that kind of pushes you to the next level."
Hart appears to have reached that next level this past season, scoring 35 goals and collecting 16 assists to lead Greely to its second consecutive Class B state title and becoming the Maine Sunday Telegram's player of the year for boys' hockey.
"I just think he's a complete player," Greely defenseman Kyle Megathlin said. "He plays offense. He plays defense. Obviously he scored a lot of points this year so he played offense very well. Last year he kind of had a little bit of a sophomore slump, I think, but this year he just really brought it in and he just led the team in a great way."
"He's definitely one of the most skilled offensive players we've had here," Coach Barry Mothes said. "He can skate at different speeds. He has great stick skills and an outstanding wrist shot, and he reads the game very, very well for someone his age."
Hart's on-ice savvy really sets him apart.
"It's a team game so you always want to keep your head up, you always want to look around for your teammates," Hart said. "Once you do that more and more, it kind of becomes a habit, and I think that has kind of really helped my game out."
Growing up playing against his brothers has really helped Hart develop as a player.
"He's a learned a lot from playing backyard hockey and basement hockey with his older brothers," Mothes said. "You can learn a lot about hockey at the rink, but a lot of learning takes place away from the rink, too, and he's taken advantage of that."
To say that Hart comes from a hockey family is an understatement.
Last month, Kevin Hart, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound forward, completed his third season at Providence College and Brian Hart, a 6-3, 212-pound defenseman who was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second round of the NHL draft last June, completed his first season at Harvard.
Their father, John Hart, who has coached teams in the Casco Bay Youth Association for years, played for high school state championship teams at Waterville and for Bowdoin College. He still holds the Polar Bears' record for goals (4) in a period in a 1983 game against New England College.
A cousin, Chad Hart, a Waterville native who won the Travis Roy Award in 1999 as Class A's top player, recently completed his first season as varsity coach of the Portland/Deering squad.
A junior, Hart, who also played soccer and baseball while at Greely, will spend the next two years at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. Before starting college, both of his brothers played for the Lion Rampant.
"To play hockey after high school has always been a goal of mine and to see both of my brothers do it is something else I want to do," Hart said.
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