1985-1986 Boys Ice Hockey Team
Head Coach Edward McColgan
Co-captains Thomas Fitzgerald ’86, Sean Haggerty ’86, and Robert “Rusty” Jordan ’86
Compiling an overall record of 21-3-1, the team of 1985-86 would win the Catholic Central League Championship (8-0), the Eastern Massachusetts Division 2 and the Massachusetts Division 2 State Championship. This was the first Ice Hockey State Championship for the school in the 20-year history of the sport.
With a 20-player roster composed of nine different cities and towns from Eastern Mass., nine were from Billerica and that nucleus of six seniors had been at Austin since their freshman year. Coach Ed McColgan and his assistant Steve Arnold were back for a second year. The season had been dedicated to co-captain Robert “Rusty” Jordan ’86’s dad, Robert, who had passed away the previous year and had been a huge supporter of the team.
The team had a very disappointing start (one win in four games) with loses to Billerica, Matignon and Maine state Class A champion St. Dom’s. The focus of the team changed from strengthening individual excellence to making a commitment to developing teamwork. The team would then run off 20 wins and a tie to set a school record for an unbeaten streak. They won their league title 8-0-0 and ended with a regular season record of 16-3-1. They entered the Eastern Mass. Division 2 tournament as the No.1 seed. They had avenged both early losses at the end of the season with a pair of heavy handed wins, 11-6 win over Matignon and 8-0 over Billerica. In their five-game run to the state title they outscored their opponents 39-11, defeating five different league champions.
The Catholic Central League honored the team by selecting a league record nine All-Stars. The League Most Valuable Player Thomas Fitzgerald ’86 was also the league’s leading scorer (33-40-73). Four other forwards were honored – seniors James Sullivan ’86 and Sean Haggerty ’86, and juniors Joe Flanagan and William Fitzpatrick ’87. Three senior defensemen – Rusty Jordan, Steve Higgins and Daniel Murphy ’86 were joined by senior net minder Ronald Overko ’86.
Additional New England honors were bestowed by Hockey Night In Boston, which chose Tom Fitzgerald as the Division 2 player of the year, Ron Overko as the Division 2 goalie, Rusty Jordan as the Outstanding Defenseman and Ed McColgan as the Massachusetts Division 2 Coach of the Year.