Worcester Sharks host high school hockey all-stars

The high school hockey tournaments are over, but the best seniors from around the Commonwealth will have one more chance to take the ice. On Saturday at the DCU Center, the Worcester Sharks will hold the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association All-Star games for girls and boys.

“These games are a great opportunity for Massachusetts high school hockey players to showcase their talents in front of scouts and fans alike,” said Sharks president Michael A. Mudd in a release.

The boys and girls will be split into North and South all-star teams. On the girls’ side, Woburn captains Kayla Smith and Cassandra Connolly should provide leadership for the North. The Duxbury duo of Hannah Murphy and Rachel Myette will lead the South.

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For the boys, the South’s roster features BC High’s Peter Cronin, who will represent the Eagles one last time in net. Malden Catholic’s Michael Iovanna and Catholic Memorial’s Liam Coughlin will be two of Cronin’s biggest insurance policies on the offensive side of the ice.

The North will counter with Division 2 champion Wilmington’s Cam Owens as well as Austin Prep’s Nolan Vesey. The two forwards scored a combined 61 points this season. Reading’s Evan Morrelli will man the net for the North with his Rockets teammate Rob Devaney also on the roster.

The girls game begins at 1:45 p.m. followed by the boys game at 4 p.m. Fans can also stay for the Sharks 7 p.m. game.

Hall calls

Five longtime coaches will be inducted into the Hall of Fame when the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Association holds its annual dinner April 28. This year’s inductees are Kevin MacDonald of Milton Academy, Steve Hayden of Pentucket, Richard Cullen of Malden, Dick Priestley of West Boylston, and Ed Nizwantowski of Peabody.