St. Mary's Butler is ESPN Boston Miss Hockey

ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Alison Butler, senior forward for the St. Mary’s Spartans, is the recipient of its third annual "Miss Hockey" award, presented to the top female high school hockey player in Massachusetts.

The Miss Hockey Award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and high school hockey coaches. Butler will be presented with the award at a later date.

“St. Mary’s has earned the reputation as the MIAA’s premiere girls’ hockey program, but this year’s championship might have been its most remarkable and Alison was no small part of that,” said Scott Barboza, co-editor of ESPN Boston High Schools and coordinator of the site’s hockey coverage. “While injuries constantly threatened the Spartans’ run, she was the one constant, scoring timely goals and providing leadership.”

Butler led the Spartans to their fourth overall Division 1 state title last Sunday in a 2-1 win over Catholic Central rival Arlington Catholic.

The Danvers resident tallied 37 goals and 25 assists for 62 points on the season, while leading a short-handed Spartans bench squad back to the TD Garden. There, Butler finished her high school career on top, scoring the game-winning goal in the third period against Arlington Catholic, repaying the Cougars for state championship win over St. Mary’s a year ago.

“Alison had a tremendous year,” Spartans head coach Frank Pagliuca said. “She made a tremendous impact on the ice for our team. The best parts of her game are the little things that she does on the ice that sometimes are overlooked and do not show up on a stat sheet.

“More importantly, Alison was a great leader and captain off the ice. She was the glue that held the team together and really got the team to believe in themselves. I truly believe that she was the best player in the state this year for these reasons.”

Butler will continue her hockey career at Saint Anselm College.