Boys hockey at The Governor’s Academy traces its roots back to the school's first “Ice Polo” team in 1895. More recently, legendary Coach Larry Piatelli, after whom the New England Prep School Division II Championship is now named, led The Governor’s Academy to the Division II title in 1988 and was responsible for the program’s jump to Division I play in 1989. Construction on the new $10 million Whiston-Bragdon Arena was completed on November 1st, 2007 and Academy student-athletes practice and compete in one of the premier ice arenas in the country.
The Governor’s Academy has been a member of the sixteen-team Independent School League (ISL), widely regarded as one of the most competitive high school hockey leagues in the country, since the league’s inception. Our league schedule is made up of home and away games against Keller Division rivals Lawrence, Thayer, St. Sebastian's, Milton, Nobles, Belmont Hill, and St. Paul's; our non-league opponents include Phillips Exeter, Phillips Andover, Berkshire School and Cushing Academy. As a member school of the ISL, the varsity team plays 28 regular season contests and navigates one of the most challenging schedules in New England each year.
Several recent graduates are currently enjoying success professionally and at the Division I and III college levels. Benn Ferriero '05 (Boston College) signed this summer with the Pittsburgh Penguins and during the lockout is playing in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Ferriero spent last year playing in the NHL for the San Jose Sharks. Brian McGuirk ’04 (Boston University) was a member of the Philadelphia Flyers organization, suiting up in both the American Hockey League (AHL) and in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) over the past four seasons. Michael Zbriger ’01 returned from playing in Germany and is now in the Central Hockey League (CHL). Recently, Kevin Kapstad ’05 signed a contract to play for SC Riessersee of the 2.Bundesliga league (2.GBun), Germany’s second tier league, and Matt Lombardi ’06 (Boston College) is currently playing in the New Jersey Devils organization. Most recently, Brian Day ’07 (Colgate University) began his professional career in the AHL with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Pittsburg Penguins top farm team, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
In Division I, Cody Ferriero ’10 (Northeastern) currently competes in Hockey East and Herbie Kent ’08 skates for Bentley College in the Atlantic Hockey League. In Division III, Zach Menard ’08 (Skidmore), Patrick Morrissey ’08 (Williams College), Trevor Hines ’09 (Babson), Chris Menard ’09 (Trinity), and Jeff Menard ’09 (Trinity), Lucas Montoni ’10 (Curry), Brett Riley ’10 (Hobart), Rory Burke ’11 (Hobart), Greg Rooney ’11 (Trinity), Andrew Tallett ’11 (Trinity) and Bryan Sullivan ’12 (St. Anselm’s) are all key contributors to their teams. Graduating members of the Governor’s hockey team will move directly to Division I and Division III hockey or will head to the USHL, BCHL, or EJHL before playing college hockey.
Four former players have received “All-New England” recognition: Michael Zbriger ’00 in 2000, Gabe Winer ’02 in 2002, McGuirk in 2004 and Day in 2007. Four Governor’s skaters have been selected in recent NHL Entry Drafts: in 2004, McGuirk was chosen in the 8th round by the Columbus Blue Jackets. In 2006, Day was taken in the 6th round by the New York Islanders and Benn Ferriero was selected in the 7th round by the Phoenix Coyotes. In 2010 Cody Ferriero was selected in the 5th round by the San Jose Sharks. Both Benn Ferriero in 2006 and Day in 2007 participated in USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camps in Lake Placid, NY which help identify the best Under-20 players in the country. Our program is also fortunate to have had two former winners (Winer in 2002 and Ferriero in 2005) of the prestigious John Carlton Memorial Trophy presented annually by the Boston Bruins to the outstanding student-athlete in Eastern Massachusetts high school hockey.
In 2011-2012, The Governor’s Academy boys varsity team finished the regular season with an overall record of 13-12-4 playing one of the most difficult schedules in Prep hockey. Coming off a season where the team played in the New England large school finals, Governor’s would not sneak up on anyone. The season was filled with big wins and streaks, including going undefeated in Holiday tournaments and capturing a championship at the Tabor Tournament. At one point the Academy hockey team reeled off 11 straight games without a loss. Big wins over then undefeated #1 in New England Nobles and against perennial power Cushing proved the capabilities of the 11-12 hockey team. The players put forth a tremendous effort throughout the year and really came together as a team as the year progressed. Governor’s was led by a core group of seniors including Dylan Carpinito, Shane Dalton, Nick Commesso, Assistant Captains Alex Minter and Bryan Sullivan, and were captained by 4 year Varsity player Connor Costello. Alex Minter, Bryan Sullivan and Ryan Scarfo were named first team all ISL selections, while Nathan Ferriero and Brendan McMenimen were named to the second team. Recognized by teammates at the end of year banquet were Connor Costello, recipient of the Wasson Award (Unsung Hero Award), and Bryan Sullivan and Alex Minter, were named Co-MVP of the team.
The 2012-2013 team will have 15 returning varsity letter winners who will look to compete for the ISL Keller Division league title and a berth in the New England Prep School Division One Tournament. Of the 15 returning players 9 will be graduating and 3 of the 9 developed at the Junior Varsity level. Nathan Ferriero (Northeastern) and Ryan Scarfo (Union) currently have Division I college commitments. Senior goalie Brendan McMenimen is on the NHL Central Scouting watch list for the 2013 NHL draft. Governor’s will again play one of the toughest schedules in New England as 16 of their 28 games this season will be played against schools that competed in last year’s New England tournament.
A typical week for the varsity team consists of four skill based on-ice practices, daily video instruction, two off-ice plyometric circuits, and two games. Players perform in-season and off-season conditioning in the Pescosolido Field House fitness center. Players trying out for the varsity team must pass a mandatory conditioning test and compete in a weeklong tryout prior to Thanksgiving vacation.
With the tradition of a hockey program over a century old, The Governor’s Academy continues to seek motivated student-athletes who will engage the many opportunities available at The Academy.
Coaches: Leon Hayward, Matt McDonnell, and Gary Satow.