Boston, MA – Boston Bruins Executive Vice President Charlie Jacobs announced Saturday that Kelly Foley of Tabor Academy and Edwin Shea of the Boston Junior Bruins (Eastern Junior Hockey League) are the recipients of the 2008 John Carlton Award.
Named after the late Bruins scout and administrator, who passed away in 1982, the award is given annually by the Boston Bruins to outstanding male and female student-athletes who combine exceptional hockey skills with academic excellence. The recipients must be high school seniors playing in Eastern Massachusetts High School or Junior hockey.
Boston Bruins Vice President Cam Neely presented the award during the second intermission of this afternoon’s Bruins game against the Ottawa Senators at the TD Banknorth Garden.
Kelly Foley of Boston has led the Tabor Academy girls hockey team in scoring all four years, tallying 73 goals and 102 assists in her high school career.
She was named to the All-New England First Team in 2007 and 2008 and has competed at the US Nationals for each of the last seven years. In her seven appearances, Foley helped lead her squad to four national titles, two national runner-ups and one third place finish.
Foley has also participated in USA Hockey’s National Development Camps for the last four years.
Edwin Shea of Shrewsbury has represented the Boston Junior Bruins as an EJHL all-star the last three years and has participated in USA Hockey’s National Development Camps the last three years.
He was named the EJHL Playoff All-Tournament Team in 2006 and was the Junior Bruins AAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.
The two teenagers have been playing hockey since they were young, thanks to some familial influences. You see, Shea’s dad got his son to start playing, while Foley followed in the footsteps of her brother and sister, who were both playing.
“I’ve liked it ever since,” said Shea.
“It’s a lot of fun,” said Foley of her experience, particularly at Nationals.
Both Foley and Shea have been on their high school honor rolls. Foley has been ranked in the top 15% of her class, and Shea is an intern for the Shrewsbury Athletic Director.
The seniors will enter college in the fall – Foley at Dartmouth College, and Shea at Boston College, where he earned a full scholarship – and both plan to continue their hockey careers.
“I’m looking forward to the Beanpot, the tradition,” said Shea. “Everyone always wants to play in it, and now I’m getting the chance.”