Leyden’s Mike McGoldrick formally honored with MIAA Sportsmanship Award in virtual call with Bruins President Cam Neely

  • Greenfield’s Mike McGoldrick takes a shot against Southwick in a game last season at the Collins-Moylan Arena in Greenfield. The Franklin Tech alum has been honored with the Boston Bruins/MIAA Sportsmanship Award for the Wright Division. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 1/12/2021 8:08:29 PM
Modified: 1/12/2021 8:08:27 PM

Franklin Tech alum Mike McGoldrick ended his high school career by winning a state championship with the Greenfield hockey team in 2020.

Tuesday night, the Leyden resident was formally honored after being selected as the MIAA Sportsmanship Award winner from the Wright Division at the end of last season. The award, which was founded in 2003, is sponsored by the Boston Bruins.

McGoldrick, along with 26 other MIAA recipients, were honored by Bruins Team President Cam Neely, who answered questions in a virtual call with award recipients.

The recipients are typically invited to a Bruins game, but with no fans allowed in the T.D. Garden for this upcoming season, the contingent was honored virtually.

“Congratulations, this is really unusual, I’m used to seeing everybody in the Garden pre-game,” Neely told award winners Tuesday night. “Hopefully, we can make that happen and get you back in the building. I don’t want to take anything away from your accomplishments this year, you should be very proud. I’m sure your family is very proud. The sportsmanship part, you clearly don’t have a short fuse like I did.”

The Sportsmanship Award is selected by representatives of the Wright Division “for best exemplifying a commitment to the ideals of sportsmanship throughout the season” and meeting the following criteria:

■ An exemplary record of complying, both in spirit and letter, with all league and MIAA rules and regulations during the season.

■ A demonstrated record of respectfully accepting the rulings of game officials during the season.

■ A record of conduct, on and off the ice that brings honor to self, team, school, and community.

■ An 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.

■ A demonstrated respect for opponents before, during, and after games.

McGoldrick was a captain for the Green Wave, serving as a top four defenseman on the first state championship in program history. It’s the fourth straight year a Greenfield player has won the award.

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