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After leading Marshfield High to the Division 1 state final last March as a sophomore with a team leading 36 points, Shea has verbally committed to attend the University of Maine on scholarship.
Marshfield coach Dan Connolly said Shea is the centerpiece of a team that is looking to return to the state final after falling to Burlington.
The Rams graduated 14 seniors, but Connolly views that dynamic as an opportunity for the 5 foot 10, 180 pound forward to step Air Jordan 2s up as a leader in his new role as captain.
just an all around talent you love to coach, Connolly said. very good defensively as a center, he very good with the puck, he got great vision, great patience as well. He understands the game. understanding comes partly from his father, Neil, a former assistant captain at Boston College who is in his fifth year as a scout for the Colorado Avalanche. He previously worked eight years with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
When his sons weren crowded around the family television to watch hockey, they tagged along with the elder Shea on scouting assignments, occasionally interacting with Penguins draftees Brooks Orpik (Thayer Academy/BC), Ryan Whitney (Thayer Academy/BU), and Rob Scuderi (BC).
saw things in the house regarding me being a player, said Neil Shea.
His No. 8 BC jersey hangs in a frame in his bedroom and his former teammates have met his sons.
just wanted to become hockey players. to further develop his skills, 16 year old Pat has also skated for the South Shore Kings (United States Premiere Hockey League), where his family was represented on the and teams. He also continued to work out with Brandon, who left the Noble Greenough School in Dedham at 16 to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
The 18 year old Shea has spent the last two seasons with the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL).
skilled, but he can also shoot hard and is powerful, Pat said of his older brother.
games are online, we subscribe. It pretty cool, the fans treat them like pros up there. said there was a time when he thought about following his brother path to prep school, but his commitment and love for Marshfield kept him in public school.
The Rams won the Division 1 state title in 2011, when Shea was an eighth grader. The prospect of getting back to that stage always intrigued the teen.
was a big deal around town, he said of the 2011 squad. knew it was a good team that I was trying out for and it wasn necessarily going to be easy to make. It was going to be fun, good hockey. It wasn going to be a losing team. said he admires Shea decision to stay in public school because the trend among high school players is to transfer to a prep school around junior year. He made his Air Jordan 18s feelings known to his friend, Merrimack College coach Mark Dennehy,
at a recent clinic.
he was, he was going to get discovered, Connolly said before borrowing a line from Dennehy: not the way you play, it who you are. linemate Mike Carbone, now playing club lacrosse at the University of New Hampshire, was a mentor for Shea last year.
Now Carbone younger brother, JoJo, a sophomore forward, has stepped in on Shea line. The two developed a bit of chemistry playing for the Hingham based Boston Advantage club team in the summer.
Carbone said he is haunted by last season finale and has Air Jordan 19s been putting in extra work to avoid falling short of a championship. He registered four points (two goals) in Nike Air Foamposite One a 7 0 win over Hudson at the Garrett Reagan Summit Sunday in Marlborough.
think I have a little finesse in there, Carbone said. shot, I got good vision. I score some goals, but I think of myself more as a playmaker. I also like to use the body a lot and get in the corners and grind. said the 5 8, 173 pound Carbone is emerging as a vocal leader despite his young age. He isn a Air Jordan Future captain, but his brother was.
always going to be that kid that gives you 100 percent effort and kids are going to notice that, Connolly said. He was brought along slowly, he learned a lot from Pat Shea. hasn started his college search, but said he wants to follow Shea lead and play for a Division 1 school. As for Shea, his goal has been the same since the days of watching television on his father lap: the NHL.