ESPNBoston.com and its High School section today announced that Tyler Sifferlen, senior forward for the Malden Catholic Lancers, is the recipient of its fourth annual "Mr. Hockey" award, presented to the top male high school hockey player in Massachusetts.
The Mr. Hockey Award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of ESPNBoston.com staff, correspondents and high school hockey coaches. Sifferlen will be presented with the award at a later date.
“Tyler has been a contributor to each of MC’s four Super 8 championship teams, joining an elite and rare segment of the athletic community to accomplish such a feat,” said Scott Barboza, co-editor of ESPN Boston High Schools and coordinator of the site’s hockey coverage. “Although he is already a Division 1 college commit, he’s raised his game in each of his high school seasons, continually pushing himself and his teammates to maintain the exceptional level of play the Lancers have achieved during a historic era of Massachusetts high school hockey.”
Sifferlen is the fourth straight Lancers player to win the award, following Mike Vecchione (Union), Brendan Collier (Boston University) and Ara Nazarian (UNH commit), having played with each of those players on Super 8 championship teams. The captain was one of four MC seniors to win the Division 1A title in each of their high school hockey seasons.
The North Andover native also shares the distinction of having scored a goal in each of the Lancers’ four Super 8 championship games.
Sifferlen scored 25 goals with 26 assists in 24 games for the Lancers last season. He also led all scorers with seven goals (10 points) during this year's Super 8 tournament. The winger’s 51 points ranked seventh in the state among Division 1 skaters.
“Tyler has been a pleasure to coach for the last four years,” Lancers head coach John McLean said. “He has from day one established himself as a top player, a top student and a fine young man.
“No matter what the situation or the need, Tyler has gotten it done since he was a freshmen. Whether he played defense killing penalties, or scoring big goals on the power play, he just got it done. He may not be flashy, but at the end of the game everyone knew what he had done for the team to win.”
Sifferlen will continue his hockey career at UMass-Lowell.
“What I respect the most about Tyler is that he finished what he started,” McLean said, “he started and finished his high school hockey career a champion. He could have taken his talents elsewhere but deep down I believe he wanted to end his MC career a champion.
“As he moves to his next challenge at UMass-Lowell, his leadership and work ethic will lead the way to a successful college career. We are going to miss Tyler.”