Colin Kastle of Concord High: Boys’ hockey player of the season

  • Concord’s Colin Kastle (24) finished the year with 21 goals. Elizabeth Frantz / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 4/20/2018 11:10:22 PM

Colin Kastle made sure the Concord High boys’ hockey team started the season on the right foot.

Trailing the defending champion Bedford by two goals in the season opener in December, the Tide scored a pair late in the third period and forced overtime. Kastle was shaking off some of the off-season rust when he missed on a breakaway chance earlier in the game, but he answered the call in overtime and scored the game-winner less than a minute into the extra period.

It was the first of 16 regular-season wins for the Tide this year on their way to securing the No. 1 seed in the Division I tournament. Concord upended Salem, 8-1, in the quarterfinals but its season ended in a 3-1 semifinals loss to Bedford.

The Tide carried a hot offense this year, scoring 109 goals, an average of more than five per game. Kastle had his fingerprints on nearly half of those goals, finishing with 51 points on 21 goals and 30 assists. 

Kastle, a senior, finished his Concord High career with 94 points on 42 goals and 52 assists. But his offense isn’t what head coach Dunc Walsh found most impressive.

“I thought he improved in the defensive end of the ice,” Walsh said. “He was a great penalty killer for us. His obvious strength is his skating ability and he has great speed.”

Quick on his feet, Kastle has long been able to skate through defensive pressure and create space on his own. This year, he expanded his offensive game and saw an uptick in assists.

“This year, I thought he used his linemates better,” Walsh said. “One thing he did better was shoot the puck. In the past, he would try to skate by the defense because of his speed.”

In the semifinal against Bedford, Kastle made an alert play that led to Concord’s only goal of the game when he picked off an attempted clear out of the Bulldogs’ end. Kastle redirected the clear to Drew Livingston, who buried a shot to get on the board.

The Tide will miss Kastle’s offensive creativity and skating ability next season. 

“He always played with great intensity,” Walsh said. “He was a real complete player for us this year.”

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