By John Lynds
Patrick Sullivan, a junior forward for the East Boston High School hockey team was recently awarded the 2010 Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (MIAA)-Boston Bruins Sportsmanship Award.
Sullivan is known as a team leaders on the ice and someone who the players on the East Boston team look up to.
He has been a key participant in organizing an annual Breast Cancer Awareness Hockey Tournament to raise funds for the Boston Medical Center.
“Patrick is the first on onto the ice and has never taken a major penalty while playing hockey for the Jets hockey team,” said East Boston Head Coach Robert Anthony. “He is a proven leader by shaking hands with each official before the drop of the puck. He is the first in line when the games are over to shake each players hand on the other team.”
Sullivan was awarded the honor at a Boston Bruins home game by Bruins legend John Bucyk on March 22 at the TD Garden during the second intermission of the Bruins game against the New Jersey Devils.
For nine years, the MIAA and Boston Bruins have partnered to honor one worthy student-athlete from each boys and girls ice hockey league in the state.
These student-athletes were selected by representatives of their league for best exemplifying the highest standards of fair play and sportsmanship in high school ice hockey.
Sullivan met all the criteria for the award which included an exemplary record of complying, both in spirit and letter, with all league and MIAA rules and regulations during the season.
He demonstrated record of respectfully accepting the rulings of game officials during the season. Sullivan had a record of conduct, on and off the ice that brings honor to self, team, school, and community.
He exhibited commitment to teamwork by providing all members with recognition of their talents, an opportunity to contribute them to the team, and a spirit of camaraderie.
Sullivan demonstrated respect for opponents before, during, and after games.