The Catholic Memorial Hockey team looks to get back to the playoffs this winter after a one year hiatus. The Knights are led under the direction of new Head Coach Larry Rooney.
Building one of the greatest dynasties in high-school athletics took years of effort. It is the product of several coaches, all of whom earned their place in laying the foundation for what has become one of the most storied high school sports programs in the nation.
Brother Donald Bauer and Brother Robert J. Roepke, two of CM’s Christian Brothers, began the fledgling program in 1957 with a JV squad and grew it into a varsity team by 1961. Joe Quinn took over as head coach in 1962. One of Quinn’s seniors in the 1962-1963 season was Jack Parker, who was voted MVP of the team before going on to play for Boston University, where he led his team to winning three Beanpot tournaments before assuming coaching duties there in 1973. Two other players from Quinn's undefeated team in 1966 went on to win a silver medal for the United States in the 1972 Olympics: Kevin Ahearn ’66 and Dick McGlynn ’66. Ahearn also became a top scorer in what was then called the South Shore League.
In 1974, Bill Hanson began his tenure at CM as a hockey coach. In 1976, he took over as Head Coach. By 1983 the team was wrapping up its seasons with winning records and making regular post-season appearances.
In the two decades following, Coach Hanson turned out 20 Catholic Conference Championships, 17 State Championships, 13 "Super-8" Tournament Championships and 6 National Championships. The CM hockey program has been ranked at the state and national level as one of the winningest dynasties in high school athletics nationwide.
Several alumni of the Catholic Memorial School hockey program have gone on to professional hockey careers, including Chris Nilan '86, Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens, Jim Walsh '72, Northeastern University Hall of Fame, Kevin Ahearn ’66, Harvard Head Coach Ted Donato ‘87, defenseman Paul Stanton ’85, two-time Stanley cup winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins, goaltender Jim Carey ’92, and defenseman Jim Fahey ’98 , a 2002 Hobey Baker finalist for Northeastern.
Catholic Memorial, the Christian Brothers School of Boston, prepares boys for college, manhood and a world full of unknown challenges, ambiguity and complex problems and the importance of relationships.