2006 Recipients: William Cleary, Eddie Burns, Tony Marmo, Peter Marshall, Leo Monahan, Steve Nazro

Eddie Burns, Head Hockey Coach, Arlington High School

Coach Eddie Burns forged the most remarkable tenure of excellence in the annals of Massachusetts high school hockey. Taking over the Arlington program in 1947, Burns directed the fortunes of the hockey crazed Spy Ponders for an incredible half century, retiring in 1997. Along the way, Coach Burns positively impacted hundreds of young men that were fortunate enough to learn to play the game from a true hockey legend. Burns’ teams compiled a record of 695 wins, 167 losses and 62 ties – a gaudy .786 winning percentage. The list of titles captured during Burns’ reign at Arlington High School is a lengthy one, including: (1) New England, (5) State, (3) “E-Mass,” (13) GBL, (11) GBI, and (4) Suburban League. A member of both the Arlington High School and Boston College Halls of Fame, Coach Burns currently resides in Florida.

William J. “Bill” Cleary, former Harvard University Hockey Coach

Harvard Hockey and the extraordinary career of Bill Cleary were intertwined for 37 years as he moved from being a Crimson hockey player, to coach and finally athletic director. He’s known not only for his outstanding record and passion for the game of hockey but also for his legendary good humor, pranks and skill at his own brand of gibberish double-talk.

A Cambridge, MA native, Cleary played prep hockey at Belmont Hill before beginning an outstanding career at Harvard University, where he was named All-American in 1955. He secured his name as a college playing legend with his dramatic game-winning goal in the Crimson’s 1955 Beanpot final victory over Boston College. Both the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins wished to sign him while he was at Harvard, but he declined the offers to turn pro in order to play in the Olympics. He went on to capture a Silver Medal as a member of the 1956 US Olympic team. Four years later, in 1960 at Squaw Valley, California, Cleary led the American team in scoring, as the Red, White, and Blue upset the heavily favored Soviet Union to complete the first United States Gold Medal “Miracle on Ice.” He was named to the NCAA Ice Hockey 50th Anniversary team, chosen as the U.S. Hockey Player of the Decade (1956-1966), and inducted into both the International Ice Hockey Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. In 1996 he was selected as one of the “100 Golden Olympians” by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Cleary went on to coach hockey at Harvard for over twenty years, leading them to the NCAA National Championship in 1989. At Harvard he coached three Hobey Baker Award winners as well as many NHL stars. He was the driving force behind the structure of the ECAC Hockey League and a mentor to several successful college coaches. The Cleary Cup, named in his honor, is awarded to the ECAC’s regular-season champion.

After leaving coaching in 1990, Cleary became athletic director at Harvard, where he supervised a program comprising over forty varsity sports teams. He retired in 2000.

Over his long career that richly influenced the lives of so many college athletes, Bill Cleary has become known to all whose lives he touched as a truly “Good Guy.”

Tony Marmo, Founder, Massport Jets

Tony Marmo stands as a true pioneer in the sport of women’s hockey. In 1970, Marmo, an East Boston native, was the commissioner of youth hockey in his hometown at the Porazzo MDC rink. It was the height of the Boston Bruins popularity – a time and place in our local sports history that has been affectionately referred to as the “Orr Era”. Tony felt strongly about giving girls the opportunity to play ice hockey along with the boys. Marmo placed an ad in a local newspaper and greeted some 88 hopeful hockey-playing girls at the first organizational meeting. From this group the “Massport Jets” were formed, with the initial financial support of the Massport Authority and Boston Police Association. As women’s hockey grew, and the American Girls’ Hockey Association was formed, the Massport Jets established themselves as a dominant team, participating in tournaments throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. A crowning achievement for Marmo’s club was a victory over three college programs at the First Invitational Women’s Hockey Tournament at Ithaca New York in March 1972. As a result of their success, Massport was crowned Northeast American Champions. The Jets’ record included an amazing 95-game unbeaten streak. Tony can now enjoy the increasingly popular women’s game at the youth, high school, college and Olympic levels.

Peter Marshall, Youth Hockey Coach

Peter Marshall’s hockey career has taken him full circle back to his hometown roots in Danvers, MA. Marshall progressed through the youth ranks to eventually captain the Danvers High Varsity. After a post-grad season at Avon Old Farms, Peter played for Boston University, where he enjoyed an outstanding four-year career. As team captain in his senior year, he was awarded MVP for a hat trick performance in the Terriers 1986 Hockey East Championship victory over Boston College. Peter’s leadership, defensive tenacity, and overall inspirational play resulted in his becoming the only Terrier skater ever to receive the Barnett McInnis Award for Team Spirit. After spending time coaching both at the high school and college level, Marshall has focused his attention for the past decade on the Danvers youth hockey program, devoting countless hours to coaching as well administrative and development responsibilities. Peter is a hockey man with a sincere passion for teaching the game in the proper way, while at the same time providing a fun, sportsmanlike environment. The young hockey players from Danvers are fortunate to have the benefit of Peter’s guidance.

Leo Monahan, Sportswriter

For three decades (1951-79) D. Leo Monahan covered the sport of ice hockey with distinction. His familiar by-line appeared in various Boston newspapers, and the Hockey News. A timeless reporter always committed to “getting the scoop,” Monahan took the lead by following the early career of a young crew-cut hockey player from Parry Sound, Ontario, named Bobby Orr, well before his arrival in Boston. Monahan received the supreme honor of his profession in 1986 – the Elmer Ferguson Award for “meritorious contributions” on behalf of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario. Monahan currently lives in Belmont, MA.

 

Steve Nazro, TD Banknorth Garden

Steve Nazro developed an appreciation for ice hockey while growing up in Arlington, MA, and then as a student at Dartmouth College. As the longtime Vice President of Events at the TD Banknorth Garden, Steve has been involved in various amateur hockey tournaments on Causeway Street, including the NCAA “Frozen Four,” Hockey East, and the annual Massachusetts State High School Championships. His most noteworthy hockey role is that of the Director of the Beanpot Hockey Tournament, college hockey’s annual mid-winter rite of passage, a position that Steve has cherished and treated as a “trust” for over three decades. Long may Mr. Nazro be there on the second Monday in February, to present the coveted Beanpot to a happy coach and his jubilant captain.