Colin Blackwell is ESPN Boston Mr. Hockey

ESPNBoston.com High Schools named its inaugural Mr. Hockey Award winner today, recognizing St. John’s Prep senior center Colin Blackwell as the top male high school hockey player in the state.

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

“It’s unquestioned that Colin Blackwell contributed more to his team’s success than any other single player in the state this season,” said Scott Barboza, co-editor of ESPN Boston High Schools. “When considering the talent he displayed while taking on the state’s finest competition in the Super Eight tournament, in addition to his unquestioned leadership qualities, he is a marvelous role model to what the ideal high school hockey player embodies.”

The Eagles captain and North Andover resident led the program to its first Super Eight tournament final appearance during his senior season in which he was named the Catholic Conference’s Most Valuable Player.

The Harvard commit tallied 26 goals and 24 assists for 50 points and was a +42 during the regular season. He also added seven goals and nine assists for 16 points in five games to lead all scorers in the Division 1A tournament.

“As strong a hockey player as Colin is on the ice, he is just as important off the ice,” Eagles head coach Kristian Hanson said. “Colin's leadership ability and motivational skills propelled our team to the Super Eight final.”

Blackwell also ranks among the top of Prep’s senior class and is a highly regarded midfielder on the Eagles lacrosse team, which is Massachusetts’ reigning Division 1 champions.