West Roxbury, Mass.—The Boston Bruins and the MIAA presented Catholic Memorial School varsity hockey captain Jack Curran with their 2019 Bruins-MIAA Sportsmanship Award during the first intermission of last Thursday’s Boston Bruins game at the TD Garden.
Every year, the MIAA and Boston Bruins select one individual from each Massachusetts high school hockey league for the prestigious honor. Jack, a Holliston resident, represents the Catholic Conference as this year’s award recipient.
“Jack truly represents a CM education,” said CM President Dr. Peter Folan.
“He is incredibly well rounded, serving as a peer minister, campus leader, and three-season athlete. Jack cares about his classmates and is a true gentleman both on-and-off the ice. Jack is a young man of integrity and high character. Everyone who meets Jack is truly impressed with his authenticity and desire to make an impact on the world. Jack is a role model on campus, and we are proud of him.”
The award recognizes individuals who best exemplify the highest standards of fair play and sportsmanship, according to MIAA Associate Director Mr. Peter Smith and Boston Bruins Youth Hockey Development Manager Mr. Mike Dargin.
Former Boston Bruin Bob Sweeney spoke to the award recipients and their parents at a private reception before Thursday’s game. Mr. Sweeney applauded each parent for teaching their child the “right way” to play hockey, according to Jack.
“This award says a lot about my coaching staff and the school,” said Jack.
“As a leader, I like to stay positive. When we went through an offensive rough patch earlier this year, we knew that we were struggling to score. But, I thought it was important to remind the guys of the work we had done beforehand so that we didn’t get too down on ourselves.”
This past year, Jack played center for the CM hockey team. He scored three goals during CM’s 6-2 win over Needham in the South Sectional Quarterfinals before his team lost to Franklin in the South Sectional Semi Finals last week.
Jack also plays for the CM baseball and golf teams. However, Jack’s actions off the playing field illustrate his leadership traits best.
A peer minister at CM, Jack helped coordinate the CM hockey team's blanket drive for the homeless during the CM Christmas Holiday Tournament in December. He and his teammates delivered boxes of donated blankets to St. Mary's of Dorchester at month’s end. In Milford, Jack serves as an assistant football coach for the local Special Olympics.
Jack’s commitment to service runs deep in his family’s roots. Both of Jack’s grandparents and several of his uncles served in the Navy. Now, Jack hopes to follow in those same footsteps after receiving a congressional nomination for a highly selective final interview at the Naval Academy.
If Jack enrolls at another university, he plans to join their respective ROTC program.
"Jack Curran exemplifies sportsmanship and honor both on and off the ice,” said fellow CM co-captain Thomas Larson, a Plymouth resident
“[He] inspires us all to follow his lead. He is a true leader and embodies the key characteristics of a role model.”