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Awards

These are the Annual Awards given to the selected WYSA Players.

Award Winners
Charles T. Kirk Trophy  Kirk Recipients
Dom Guiffre Memorial Award Guiffre Recipients
Dennis Gentile Memorial Gentile Recipients
Deane Ramsdell Memorial Trophy Ramsdell Recipients
Donald "Chops" MacKay Memorial MacKay Recipients

The Charles T. Kirk Trophy

Established 1975

Background
Charles Kirk was born on July 7, 1898 and passed away on May 9, 1985. In between he lived a full life, much of which was dedicated to building character and a competitive spirit in the youth of Wakefield who where fortunate enough to have known him as both a coach and a friend. 

Charles graduated from Wakefield High School in 1915 and furthered his education at St. John's Prep in Danvers and the Huntington School in Boston.

After his service in World War I in the United States Marine Corps, he returned home to carry on, with his brother, the hay and grain business that his father had established at the corner of Armory and North Avenue.

Charles was instrumental in the building of a rink on Armory Street and in 1930 he organized a town hockey team. He was a star defenseman on the squad which played its home games at night on the Armory Street rink. During the day, Charles would find time to instruct youngsters at the rink.

In 1935 Charles organized a youth baseball league which played its games at the ball field now known as Vets Field at the head of Quannapowitt Lake. At one point, it was reported that 1700 spectators observed an all-star game in which the youngsters of the town participated. Something of this scale was unheard of at the time.

It was in 1937 that Kirk organized and coached the first modern day Wakefield High School hockey team. This team did not compete in league play until 1942. It was then that Wakefield became known for its hockey prowess when they first battled in a game which was to serve as a tryout for WHS to enter the old Emass hockey league. The game was played on Ell Pond in Melrose, and Wakefield raised some eyebrows and earned a spot in the league by defeating Melrose 1 - 0.

Subsequently, his teams gained two league championships and he held the position of head coach of the WHS hockey team for 32 years. Charles held a unique record in school athletic history for serving a longer period of active coaching than any other coach of any school in the local area.

In 1968, there was a special town meeting which voted to petition the state government to make an exception to the mandatory retirement age of 70 so that Charles could continue as head coach at WHS. A special bill was filed at the State House on Beacon Hill and eventually passed allowing Wakefield to retain its head coach.

It was a year later that Kirk completed his coaching career at WHS after 32 years of service in that capacity. He was well known as the "Dean of Hockey" who employed hockey as an instrumental tool for building character, as well as instilling a competitive spirit in the young athlete.

In 1950, Kirk started an organized youth hockey program in town funded largely with his own money. Later in the 1950's he organized PeeWee hockey and in 1958 he initiated the Pop Warner Football Program in Wakefield.

The West Side Social Club honored Charles Kirk as their "Citizen of the Year" in 1956. He was honored as the official starter of the annual Daily Item Road Race in 1959 and in 1961 he received the "Pop Warner Service to Youth Award".

It was in 1974 that he was inducted into the Massachusetts Secondary School Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame. He was also given a lifetime pass to all high school athletic events that year.

In 1975 the Wakefield Hockey Association honored Mr. Kirk with the establishment of the Charles T. Kirk Trophy to be awarded to a Wakefield High School senior on the varsity hockey team.

April 1987 marked the initiation of the Charles T. Kirk Scholarship as part of the Wakefield Citizens Scholarship Fund. Saturday, April 18, 1987 was officially proclaimed "Charles Kirk Day" in Wakefield by the Board of Selectman. That same day, the Wives of the West Side Social Club held a "Charles Kirk Night" at the WSSC in his honor to raise the necessary funds in order to make the Kirk Scholarship permanent.

In 1993 Kirk was inducted into the Wakefield High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Sadly, Charles T.Kirk died May 9, 1985, just a few weeks after he presented the trophy in his name to Mike Foley at a ceremony sponsored by the Wakefield Youth Hockey Association.

One admirer of the man said "Some fellows give of their time and talents, but only while their own children are involved in a sport. Charles considered all Wakefield kids his own."

Criteria
After conducting research and interviews with past members of the Wakefield Youth Hockey Association as well as reviewing past articles published in the Wakefield Daily Item, the following should detail the guidelines to be used in the selection process.

"The Charles T. Kirk Trophy should be awarded to the varsity hockey player who has played in the Wakefield Youth Hockey Association and  who has best developed his potential and has continued to improve throughout high school"

This specific wording first appeared in an article in the Item on June 8, 1977. The identical wording once again appeared in the Item on April 10, 1984.

However, later, on April 23, 1985, it was reported in the Item that:

"the Kirk Award is given annually to the player who has shown the most consistent improvement in his high school career" Then again in an article from May 24, 1989, we read: "...given to a member of WHS varsity who showed the greatest improvement over his high school career."

It is apparent that although there is no mention in these last two references to the award that the award winner be a player from the Wakefield Youth Hockey Association, it is understood that this be true as ascertained from the earliest newspaper accounts of the Kirk award as well as the personal accounts from individuals involved in the establishment of the award itself.

Selection should be based on a varsity hockey player at Wakefield High School who has played in the Wakefield Youth Hockey Association and has best developed his potential and has shown continued improvement throughout his high school career.

Selection Process
The following should serve as a guideline in the selection process.

  1. The Wakefield Youth Skating Association should appoint an individual to head the selection committee or group.                                 
  2. Said individual should choose at least three individuals familiar with the athletes and the Wakefield High School varsity games to be in a position to adequately assess each senior's effort during the season
  3. This group should, prior to the season be informed of the seniors eligible to receive the Kirk Trophy.
  4. At the end of the varsity (to include all tournament and state tournament games) the group should meet to select the one individual who best meets the criteria established for the winner of the Kirk Trophy. That player being the one who has shown the most improvement in his high school hockey career at Wakefield High School.
  5. The group should keep the selection results confidential and report the award winner's name to the President of the Wakefield Youth Skating Association.
  6. Arrangements should be made for:

 

The Charles T. Kirk Trophy Recipients

Season

Award Winner

 

Season

Award Winner

2015 - 16

Dylan Melanson

 

2014 - 15

James McAuliffe
Joe Stackhouse

2013 - 14

Sam Carr

 

2012 - 13

Alec Brown

2011 - 12

Joseph Cerulo

 

2010 - 11

 

2009-10

Chris Cznarota

 

2008 - 09

Derek Crocker

2007 - 08

Matt MacKay
Matt Pickens

 

2006-2007

Cory Jackson

2005 - 06

Tyler Evangelista

 

2004 - 05

Anthony Carnevale

2003 - 04

Brett Jackson

 

2002 - 03

Sean Gill

2001 - 02

Jonathon Murphy

 

2000 - 01

Pat Doherty

1999 - 00

David Yazinka

 

1998 - 99

Adam Colson

1997 - 98

Tim Lowell

 

1996 - 97

Even Greene

1995 - 96

Michael Souza

 

1994- 95

Mike Murphy

1993 - 94

Sean Alexander
Jeff Troisi

 

1992 - 93

Scott MacDonald

1991 - 92

Scott McLellan

 

1990 - 91

Michael DeAngelis

1989 - 90

Mark Wallace
James Umile

 

1988 - 89

Dan Farrell

1987 - 88

Craig Williams

 

1986 - 87

Vincent Majeski
Michael Chapman

1985 - 86

Tom Humphreys Jr
Matt Sardella

 

1984 - 85

Mike Foley

1983 - 84

Mark Delory

 

1982 - 83

Peter Parr

1981 - 82

Kevin Haggerty

 

1980 - 81

Tom Evangelista

1979 - 80

Mark Roberto

 

1978 - 79

Michael McCarthy

1977 - 78

John McCarthy

 

1976 - 77

Kevin Prowse

1975 - 76

Joseph Riley

 

1974 - 75

John Melanson

 


The Dom Guiffre Memorial Award

Established Feb 2002

Background
Dom Guiffre ran the Wakefield Youth Hockey Clinic for over 25 years. In 1960, Dom and Al Sabatelli were very involved in the program. In the mid-1960's, when the Sunday Clinic / Intramural program moved to Melrose from the Flynn Arena, Dom took charge. When the program later moved to Hockeytown in Saugus, he continued as the Clinic Director. In 1973, he expanded the program to include girls. Dom continued as the clinic Director until he retired in 1986 because of failing health.

Dom lead the clinic for over 25 years, and only missed a handful of Sundays, due to his other favorite hobby of golf. Dom passed away in Nov. 1988. He never had any children in the program. His daughter Donna was an instructor with Lori Ann MacKay. There are many current parents and coaches who benefited from Dom Guiffre's leadership of the Clinic program.

Criteria
"The Dominic Guiffre Memorial Award Trophy is awarded to a senior girls varsity ice hockey player who has exemplified the ideals of dedication, character and commitment to sportsmanship in the best traditions of Wakefield Hockey."

Selection Process
The following should serve as a guideline in the selection process.

  1. Player must be a senior
  2. Players must exemplify the ideals of dedication, character and commitment to sportsmanship.
  3. Wakefield High School Girl's Varsity Head coach and WHS Athletic Director select the recipient.

The Dom Guiffre Memorial Award Recipients

 2015-2016

Julianne Bourque

 2014-2015

Miriam Wood 

2013-2014

Melanie Mansfield
Kayla LaPieree

2012-2013

Bailey Finocchio

2011-2012

Jacqueline Mansfield

2010-2011

Nicole Loftus

2009-10

Shannon Cronin
Meghan Papagno

2008-09

Laura Spang

2007-08

Kelsey Tuminelli

2006-07

Courtney Foley

2005-06

Alyssa Moriarty

2004-05

Sarah Cronin

2003-04

Kristie McDonough

2002-03

Kimberly Cronin

2001-02

Delia Giufrre 
in honor or Dom

 


The Dennis Gentile Memorial Award

Established circa 1996

Background
The Dennis Gentile Memorial Award was established by his family to honor his years in the Wakefield Youth Hockey Program.

   

Criteria
The Dennis Gentile Memorial Award is given annually to a second year player** who plays in the "B" level of the Mites, Squirts, and PeeWees. One award is given annually at each level. A second year player is one who moving up to the next age division the following season, e.g., Mites to Squirts, Squirts to Peewees, or Peewees to Bantams.
** criteria changed from "defenseman" to "player" with approval from the Gentile family - May 2001. 

Selection Process
The trophy's recipient is selected by the Head Coach. In addition to hockey skills, the coaches are encouraged to base their decision upon sportsmanship, cooperation, hard work, and love of the game.

The Dennis Gentile Memorial Award Recipients

Season / Division

Mite

Squirt

PeeWee

2015 - 16

Cooper Gaudette

Chris Champa

Sergio Domingo

2014 - 15

Tylor Roycroft 

Caroline Melanson

Bobby Feldman

2013 - 14

Vincent Kaddaras

Aidan & Drew Riley

Joey Alden

2012 - 13

Rowan Mondello

Rachael Milliken

Tyler Pugsley

2011 - 12

Evan Simoneau

Chris Coombs

Austin Collard

2010 - 11

Aedan Grenham

Derryn Langlois

Gabrielle Nadonly

2009 - 10

Timothy Coggswell

Mitchell Kennedy

Nick Bassett

2008 - 09

Derryn Langlois

Steve Marino

Matt Sullivan

2007 - 08

Dan Sallade

Alex Kane

Chris Smith

2006 - 07

Ben Coccoluto

Nick Kane

Robbie Mickolsz

2005 - 06

Nicholas Bassett

Colin Horrigan

Jess Levenson

2004 - 05

Amanda Donahoe

Colleen Doucette

Michael Wilson

2003 - 04

Scott Wortman

Sean Farrell

Ed Lawton

2002 - 03

Eddie Mathews

Nick Tuminelli
Alex Comeau

Christian Bando
Matt Malone

2001 - 02

Andrew Leone

Andrew Hannigan
Josh Bennett

Eric Doucette

2000 - 01

Ben Tomsyck

Ryan Barry

Angelo Scippa

1999 - 00

Tim MacDonald

David McClory

Matt McAnneny

1998 - 99

Brendan Sullivan

CJ Curry

Chris Pond

1997 - 98

Matt Massaro

Matt DelRossi

 


The Deane Ramsdell Memorial Award

Established 1992

Background
The Deane Ramsdell Memorial Trophy is awarded to the most valuable player on the Bantam "A" team in honor of it's former coach Deane Ramsdell. After Deane's death in 1991, the Deane Ramsdell Memorial Fund was established by his family and many friends to provide a perpetual fund for a yearly trophy to recognize a deserving Bantam player.  The fund was set up to honor Deane's many years of support for, and contribution to, the Wakefield Youth Hockey program in general, and the Bantam "A" team in particular. 
(background clarified by Deane's family-May 2003)

Selection Criteria
The trophy recipient is selected exclusively by the Bantam "A" team coaches. In addition to exceptional hockey skills, the coaches are encouraged to base their decision upon other characteristics valued by Deane, including sportsmanship, leadership, cooperation, hard work, dedication, and love of the game.

The Deane Ramsdell Memorial Trophy Recipeints

Season

Trophy Recipient

 

Season

Trophy Recipient

2016 - 17

 

 

2015 - 16

Jaime Poole

2014 - 15

Thomas Harrington

 

2013 - 14

Tyler Pugsley

2012 - 13

Zack Kane

 

2011 - 12

Ben Yandell 

2010 - 11

Joe Delory

 

2009 - 10

John Grossi

2008 - 09

Elton Sawyer

 

2007 - 08

Michael Dellanno

2006 - 07

Chris Czarnota
Adam Giancola

 

2005 - 06

Michael Robbins

2004 - 05

Patrick McBride

 

2003 - 04

Dan Flynn

2002-03

Tim Magnuson

 

2001-02

Victor D'Angelo

2000 - 01

Ed Audet

 

1999 - 00

James Fennelly

1998 - 99

Brian Cronin

 

1997 - 98

Pat Doherty

1996 - 97

Tom Romocki

 

1995 - 96

Christopher Sheehan

1994 - 95

Michael Sposito

 

1993 - 94

Brendan Doucette

1992 - 93

Christopher Lenners

 

1991 - 92

Sean Alexander

 


The Donald "Chops" MacKay Memorial Trophy

Established March 1999

Background
Donald "Chops" MacKay was born in Wakefield in 1919 and passed away in 1995. He graduated High School in 1938. In 1937 Donald , Charles Kirk and a few friends organized the first Wakefield High School hockey team.  In 1950 Donald and Charles Kirk started and organized the Wakefield Youth Hockey Association. They organized the Peewee, and later the Bantam programs. Games were played in the Greater Boston League. Donald was an assistant coach at WHS during the 1950's and early 60's.

Selection Criteria
To be awarded annually to a volunteer who donates a significant amount of time to the youth of Wakefield.

The Donald "Chops" MacKay  Memorial Trophy Recipients

Season

Winner

2015 - 16

Jim Sullivan, WYSA Past-President

2014 - 15

Ken Jenkins, WYSA Treasurer 

2013 - 14

Brian Donahoe, WYSA Clinic Director

2012 - 13

Tracey Coyne, WYSA District 10 Representative

2011 - 12

Bill Welch, WYSA IMite Director

2010 - 11

 

2009 - 10

Dan Devlin, Learn to Skate Volunteer

2008 - 09

Jim Sullivan, Fred Mansfield,& Robin Donoghue - U14 Team Staff

2007 - 08

Larry Manning, WYSA Treasurer

2006 - 07

Maureen Leone, WYSA Secretary

2005 - 06

Jean Ann Nigro, District 10 Registrant

2004 - 05

Janet Filoramo, WYSA Secretary

2003 - 04

Brian Donahoe, WYSA Board

2002 - 03

Frank Micelli, WYSA Past-President

2001 - 02

Dom Guiffre, Posthumous award

2000 - 01

Al Sabbatelli, Learn to Skate Volunteer

1999 - 00

Bill MacKay, WYSA Board Member

 
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