Tom Tasker – Franklin – Defense
Franklin senior defenseman Tom Tasker was not only an imposing physical presence in all three zones, but he also scored important goals for the Panthers throughout their run to another Kelley-Rex division title and a spot in the Div. 1 South semifinal. Tasker scored eight goals and had two assists in the regular season and added a goal and two more helpers in three playoff games. Franklin coach Anthony Sarno said, “His leadership and talent has helped guide this team all season. He has become the face of our club. So strong and has one of the best shots I’ve ever seen. He is such an amazing young man on and off the ice and in the classroom.”
Ray Ivers – Franklin – Goalie
Franklin senior netminder Ray Ivers started in between the pipes for the Panthers this winter and helped them retain the Kelley-Rex division title and reach the Div. 1 South semifinal. Despite going up against some of the top teams in the state this season, Ivers allowed only 2.29 goals against and saved 91 percent of the shots he faced, stopping 486 shots in 885 minutes in the regular season. Franklin coach Anthony Sarno said, “His dedication and passion as a student as well as an athlete was refreshing to witness and be a part of. He was our backbone all season and suck a great inspiration for all to follow. He will be missed and we all wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”
Joe LeBlanc – Franklin – Defense
Franklin junior defenseman Joe LeBlanc made sure there was no drop-off when the Panthers went to their second pairing and was an important piece of their winning another league title and making a run to the Div. 1 South semifinal. LeBlanc scored once and assisted on eight goals in the regular season and added another goal in the playoffs. Franklin coach Anthony Sarno said, “His passion for the game is incredible and he is extremely hard on himself to work harder and be better each week. It will be nice watching him develop even further and be a leader on and off the ice. He will be looked upon to lead the charge on the back end next season.”
Underclassman of the Year
Franklin sophomore forward Dylan Marchand has been selected as the HockomockSports.com Boys Hockey Underclassman of the Year for the 2019-2020 season. This is the seventh season that the award has been given out. He is the first Franklin player to earn this honor.
“Dylan may be the fastest player that I’ve seen in the Hock,” said HockomockSports.com Managing Editor Josh Perry. “He just flies up and down the ice and there never seems to be a puck that he can’t chase down, but he also has the attitude to never back down or let up. He has the potential to lead the Franklin attack for the next couple of seasons.”
Marchand scored four goals and had nine assists during his debut season on varsity and going up against Franklin’s typically loaded schedule. He helped the Panthers win another Kelley-Rex division crown and then added another goal and two assists in three playoff games, as Franklin made a run back to the Div. 1 South semifinal.
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