The following article is an editorialized version of a press release by the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association.
With the 2018-19 Mass HS season wrapped up and the trophies handed out, the final Boys game left to be played is the 10th Annual Aleppo Shriners All-Star Classic, put on by the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association on Sunday, March 31 at 4:10pm, to be played at the Canton Ice House. The 7th Annual Aleppo Shriners Girls All-Star Classic for the Girls will take place in Canton at 2pm, just preceding the Boys game.
The All-Star Games will feature the state’s top 92 high school senior boys and girls from MIAA schools, as selected by the MSHCA and the teams will be split into Team South and Team North. Admission to the games will be $11 with proceeds to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children. Doors will open at 1:30pm. Scroll below for roster tables.
“These games are a terrific opportunity for the elite Massachusetts high school hockey players to showcase their talents in front of scouts and hockey fans alike,” stated Game Director Peter Simmons. “Aleppo Shriners take great pride in partnering with the Mass High School Hockey Coaches Association and presenting the All-star game as it brings the best high school hockey talent in one place for a terrific exhibition.”
You may recognize the names of some of the game’s more famous alumni who been drafted and in some cases played in the NHL:
- Max Willman (Barnstable HS –121st pick by Buffalo Sabres in 2014)
- Liam Coughlin (Catholic Memorial HS – 130th pick by Edmonton Oilers)
- Nolan Vesey (Austin Prep – 158th pick by Toronto Maple Leafs)
- Brian Pinho (St. John’s Prep – 174th pick by Washington in 2013)
- Chris Leblanc (Winthrop HS – 161st pick by Ottawa in 2013)
- Sam Kurker (St. John’s Prep – 56th pick by St. Louis in 2012)
- Brendan Collier (Malden Catholic HS – 189th pick by Carolina in 2012)
- Colin Blackwell (St. John’s Prep – 194th pick by San Jose in 2011)
“The Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association is extremely excited about the upcoming games and grateful to the Aleppo Shriners for making this an annual occurrence,” said MSHCA Board of Director member David Spinale. “Eight former All-Stars have been drafted by the NHL and we have another extremely talented group slated to skate on March 31st.”
About the Aleppo Shriners
Shriners, or Shrine Masons, belong to Shriners International. The Shrine is an international Fraternity of approximately 500,000 members who belong to Shrine Centers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Republic of Panama Germany and the Philippines. Founded in New York City in 1872, the organization is composed solely of Master Masons.
About the Shriners Hospital for Children – Boston
This 30-bed pediatric burn hospital provides comprehensive acute care and reconstructive and rehabilitative care to children who have been burned. A brand-new hospital was recently constructed in Boston to replace the old facility. This hospital is one of 22 Shriners Hospitals throughout North America.
About the Shriners Hospitals for Children — Springfield
This hospital recently completed a $2 million renovation to its outpatient department to accommodate the growing trend in outpatient activity. After several years of planning, the project was executed in February 2009, with the end result being additional modernized space needed to handle 20,000 clinic visits annually.
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