Maine Hockey Journal

2015-’16 Travis Roy Award finalist announced

Matt Caron of Scarborough High School was one of four players named a finalist for the Travis Roy Award Monday afternoon by the Maine High School Hockey Class A Coaches Association.

Caron, and his defending Class A state championship squad, Red Storm, will face Falmouth Tuesday evening in the Class A South Regional Final for the opportunity to play in the Class A state championship against the winner of Lewiston and St. Dom’s.

The Travis Roy Award is the most prestigious award in high school hockey and is handed out annually by Class A Coaches Association to a senior playing in Class A boys’ high school hockey that embodies off-ice sportsmanship with on-ice performance.

Joining Caron as a finalist for the Travis Roy Award is Trevor DeLaite of Bangor, Ben Steele of Edward Little and Walsh Troiani-Gagner of Thornton Academy.

The winner will be announced by the coaches’ association at the All-State Banquet on March 13th at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston.

The Travis Roy Award was first handed out in 1996 after its namesake, Travis Roy, was paralyzed 11 seconds into his first collegiate game with Boston University. Roy, a native of Yarmouth, attended Yarmouth High School and later North Yarmouth Academy before moving on to Tabor Academy in Marion, Mass, where he awarded with a scholarship to attended Boston University.

Matt Caron – Forward – Scarborough Red Storm

Matt is a four-year varsity letter winner in both hockey and soccer. Matt was an assistant captain last year on Scarborough’s Class A State Championship team and also played a key role on Scarborough Soccer’s state championships in 2012 and 2013. In addition, to his excellent playing career Matt has been an active participant in the Scarborough Community Service program as a volunteer coach. Matt was awarded the Steven Labrecque award this fall for sportsmanship, leadership, and contribution to team success. Matt is also an outstanding student athlete who has been an honor student for the past four years at Scarborough high.

Trevor DeLaite – Forward – Bangor Rams

Trevor is three-year varsity player in both hockey and baseball for Bangor High School. Trevor has been the leading scorer for Bangor the last two seasons. Trevor has played on two state championship baseball teams at Bangor. His athletic ability and strength have a tremendous impact on his hockey skills. At the end of Trevor’s freshmen year, he volunteered to be the backup varsity goalie while the backup was out injured. He knew the team needed one and was willing to step in when needed. Trevor’s leadership and positive attitude have been a strong role in the success of the young Bangor team this season. Trevor is an all around great athlete and student in the classroom. After high school Trevor will be attending the University of Maine to play baseball for the Black Bears.

Ben Steele – Defensemen – Edward Little Eddies

Ben Steele, a senior defenseman from Edward Little, is a three-sport student athlete and a four-year captain of the Eddies. A stalwart defenseman who leads this program both on and off the ice. Led his team to four consecutive playoff appearances, is a four-year 1st team all-state selection, and has finished his high school career as a defenseman with well over 100 points. In addition to his excellent hockey accomplishments, he is a KVAC ALL-ACADEMIC recipient, a member of the National Honor Society, is a Kick-Off Mentor, and was chosen to represent Edward Little at Dirigo Boys State. Ben is an active member of his community through volunteering his time with youth soccer and hockey. Being part of the Dunkin “Learn to Play” program for the last four years is something that he looks forward to on a weekly basis. These attributes, among many others, exemplify his athleticism, academic performance, and community service to all within our hockey community.

Walsh Troiani-Gagner – Defenseman – Thornton Academy Trojans

Walsh has been a three-year varsity hockey player for Thornton Academy. After making the Varsity team his freshman and sophomore seasons he played his junior season with the Seacoast College Prep Hockey Club before returning to Thornton for his senior season. Walsh was selected, as a sophomore, to 2nd Team All-State. As a senior Walsh leads the team in scoring with ten goals and eight assists and has a plus 22 rating while averaging over 27 minutes per game. His leadership has played a key role in this season’s turnaround for the Trojans. Walsh is also involved in the community serving as a mentor at the local elementary school and volunteering at multiple youth hockey clinics and activities. Well respected and well liked in the locker room and in the classroom, Walsh has embraced the role of leader and helped to create a culture of inclusion. He has experienced similar success in the classroom posting a cumulative 3.5 GPA. Walsh plans to play Junior Hockey next season as he continues toward his goal of playing college hockey.

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