1988-1989 Men's Ice Hockey Team

“We’re the team to beat. No one knows that, but we are. We believe in ourselves, and don’t believe all the doubters.”

Those are the words Head Coach Jim McAdam said to his varsity team during a meeting before the start of the 1988-1989 hockey season, and he was right. By the end of the season, his team had surprised all the critics, stunned several rivals, and brought home Austin Prep’s second hockey state championship.

The team’s story begins before winter 1988, as a group of talented ninth-graders became the freshman hockey team coached by McAdam. When McAdam accepted the varsity head coaching job the next year, he brought those students with him, and continued to add talented underclassmen in the ensuing years. By the 1988-1989 season, the team was not only very skilled on the ice, but very much a family off the ice. With a team-first mentality, every game was hard-fought, and Austin Prep finished the season with a 21-4-1 record in the Catholic Central League.

After losing to two-time defending state champion Matignon twice during the regular season, the Cougars beat their rival in the state semifinals, prompting McAdam to tell reporters, “It’s better than winning a million dollars!” From there, the team never looked back, clinching the Eastern Massachusetts Championship over Acton-Boxborough 3-2 – which was “better than winning two million dollars” according to the head coach – and holding the Division II State Championship trophy on the Boston Garden ice after defeating Springfield Cathedral 8-3.

In the accolades that followed, the CCL named Steve Ervin ’89, Chris Scourletis ’89, and Dave Pasquale ’89 as All-Stars; and the Boston Globe named Ervin and Scourletis as All-Scholastics, selecting Ervin as Player of the Year and McAdam as Coach of the Year.

Freshman goalie Dave Daddario ’92 was well on his way to earning his 39 career wins – the second most in Austin Prep men’s ice hockey history.

“These are memories you just can’t buy,” McAdam said recently. “You know what? It’s still better than winning a million dollars.”

Hockey Team Roster

Jason Palmer ’90

Mark Siraco ’92

Steve Ervin ’89 (A)

Michael Ray ’92

Vin Aiello ’89

Keith Audy ’91

Chris Grava ’89 (C)

Kevin Higgins ’89

Chris Scourletis ’89 (C)

Kevin Kiley ’89

Frank Pandolfo ’89

Scott Todisco ’90

Mike Moran ’90

Jeff Murphy ’89

Steve Glynn ’89 (A)

Scott Livingston ’90

Dave Pasquale ’89 (A)

Sean Kiley ’91

Jason Pecora ’91

Rick Mawn ’91

David Daddario ’92

Bill Arvidson ’92

Team Managers: Joe McGonagle ’89 and John Corvino ’89

Head Coach: Jim McAdam

Assistant Coach: James Randazza

101 Willow Street  •  Reading, MA 01867
Phone: (781) 944 - 4900  •  Fax: (781) 944 - 7530

Austin Preparatory School is a Catholic private school in Reading, MA for Middle School and High School students in grades 6-12. We seek to cultivate the hearts and minds of our young students and provide an environment in which our students can successfully learn, grow, and develop beyond the classroom.

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