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High school boys’ hockey Player of the Season

John Stark-Hopkinton goalie McDonald

John Stark-Hopkinton goalie McDonald

Connor McDonald

John Stark-Hopkinton boys’ hockey

The junior goalie backstopped the Generals to a 19-1-1 record and their first Division III title. McDonald went 14-1-1 with a 1.75 goals-against average and a .905 save percentage.

Q: Winning a state championship is like _____________.

A: It’s hard to put into words, putting all that effort into the season every day and work so hard and to just win in OT for the championship, it’s just the happiest I’ve ever felt in my life. And relieved, that was the hardest fought game ever.

Q: What’s it like to be on a combined team?

A: It’s pretty cool to get people from two schools, and be introduced to new players.

Q: When, and more importantly why, did you start being a goalie?

A: All I remember is when I was playing my first year of hockey as a mite, we used to switch off every game. Then when we played at the Verizon for the intermission at the Monarchs game and after the game my coach told me I could play goalie for good, and I’ve played goalie ever since.

Q: What’s the hardest part about playing in net?

A: Moving past when you get scored on, it may be one of the most important parts of playing.

Q: What’s the best part about it?

A: Making an unbelievable save and hearing everyone cheer, and getting an adrenaline rush and it energizes you.

Q: Do you have any superstitions or routines before, during or after games or practices?

A: I try to eat pasta before every game, and I never re-tape my stick when we win, so I had pretty ugly tape this year.

Q: What are your two favorite rinks to play in in New Hampshire and why?

A: The Verizon, and probably NEC, since it’s been our home rink and we have the best crowd there almost every game. Our fans were a huge part of our championship this year. We couldn’t have done it without all the support.

Q: What could the NHIAA do to improve high school hockey?

A: I’m not sure, there haven’t been any problems I’ve seen; all I do is stop the puck. I would ask that they look into why there is not an athletic trainer or an EMT at the Berlin rink.

Q: Who is your favorite NHL player?

A: Martin Brodeur, but I also like Jonathan Quick for his strength down low, and Henrik Lundqvist for his technique.

Q: If you could go see any sporting event, what would it be?

A: A New Jersey Devils playoff game

Q: If you weren’t playing hockey in the winter, what would you be doing?

A: Learn how to ice fish, but I already hate being out of hockey season, so I’d prefer to keep playing that.

Q: What’s your favorite subject in school?

A: Criminal Justice

Q: What’s your least favorite?

A: Algebra II

Q: What do you do on a typical weekend night?

A: Well, now there’s no hockey, not a lot. Try to hang out with my friends when I can, play some XBox, and wish I was stopping pucks.

Q: What website do you visit the most?

A: Facebook

Q: What was the last movie you saw in theaters?

A: Skyfall

Q: Preferred social media: Facebook, Twitter, other (what is it), or nothing?

A: Facebook

Q: What’s the best advice you ever got?

A: “Someone better score, and they better be in blue” - Coach Kolehmainen

Q: If someone was going to make a movie of the John Stark-Hopkinton hockey season, who would you want to play you?

A: Andrew Lincoln. I don’t think we’re very alike, but I do love The Walking Dead, and I’d like to think I’d be as rugged as Rick Grimes in the zombie apocalypse.

Q: Who would play Coach Kolehmainen?

A: Kurt Russell. Coach makes epic speeches for us.

Q: If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would you go?

A: Europe

Q: If you could trade places with anyone in the world for a week, who would it be and what would you do?

A: Andrew Lincoln, so I could be Rick Grimes.

Q: If you won $25 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?

A: I think I would save a lot of it to pay for taxes and such, that way I’d be able to use the money I earn from working for other things. I’d have to buy a nice car or truck, and some very nice goalie pads, since it’s been rumored we might be getting new jerseys for next year.

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