BOSTON, MA - Former Brown All-American goaltender Don Whiston (1949-51) is among a group of 10 individuals comprising a stellar lineup of past and current hockey greats recognized for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the sport of ice hockey in Massachusetts who were inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame as part of the 18th Annual induction ceremony November 14 at Lombardo's in Randolph. Veteran sports broadcaster and current NESN studio host Dale Arnold served as Master of Ceremonies.
Whiston, a member of the 1952 U.S. Olympic team, enjoyed a sensational time in Providence. He guided the Bears to a then-team record 18 wins in 1950-51, and a second-place finish at the NCAA championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Brown, which posted a mark of 18-6, was defeated by Michigan in the NCAA championship game. Whiston garnered Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Frozen Four for his efforts. He also earned First Team All-America honors in 1950-51.
In addition to Whiston, the class of 2012 inductees include Boston Bruins great Rick Middleton; Boston College All-American and 1964 Olympian Tom "Red" Martin (Cambridge); Boston College All-American Ed "Butch" Songin (Walpole); New Hampshire and U.S. women's national team coach Karen Kay (Marlborough); Salem Evening News hockey scribe Bill Kipouras; Respected ECAC and NCAA official Tom Lynch (Norwood); and Massachusetts Hockey builders: Charles "Mike" Tenney (Duxbury), Alan "Doc" Ashare (Newton), and Billerica Youth Hockey's Joe Ferraro.
Inductees to the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame are chosen on the basis of accomplishments in the game of hockey, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to his or her teams or organizations in college, amateur or professional hockey, or on international teams representing the United States. Each nominee must have distinguished himself or herself by exceptional performance and outstanding character reflecting favorably upon the game of hockey in Massachusetts, be in good public standing in the community, an appropriate role model for young hockey players and an exemplary representative of the game of hockey.
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