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Coach of the Year







Brian has been a coach in South Shore Conference for many years. Next season Brian will be the head coach of the South Shore Dynamos Elite Pee Wee Minors team. South Shore Conference is very fortunate to have Brian as a coach as are the players.

Congratulations to Brian from all at South Shore Conference and Dynamos Elite

As the lone unbeaten team in Massachusetts, Canton High thought it had earned an invitation to the Super 8.

Massachusetts does its hockey postseason a little differently than other states. A selection committee picks what it deems the 10 best teams from the entire state, regardless of division, for the Super 8 Tournament [the bottom four teams participate in play-in contests with the losers dropping down to their own classification’s state tournament].

With its status as a Division 2 school working against it, Canton didn’t make the Super 8 cut. But coach Brian Shuman didn’t allow the Bulldogs to wallow in self-pity. Canton went about its business and completed one of the most dominant seasons in state history, winning the Division 2 state championship and earning Shuman the USA TODAY ALL-USA Coach of the Year award.

“[The Super 8 snub was] so far in the rearview mirror,” Shuman said to the Boston Herald after the Bulldogs completed their season with a 6-2 win over Tewksbury (Mass.) in the state final. “This was their goal from Day One. I can’t believe the amount of maturity that they showed after that happened. They were focused; they didn’t let that discourage them.”

Canton finished 25-0-1 and outscored its opponents, 131-23, on the season, including 29-3 in five postseason games. The Bulldogs were the first Massachusetts team to not lose a game since 1998, when Catholic Memorial won the state title with a senior defenseman named Brian Shuman, who has won 232 games in 14 years at the helm.

The Bulldogs, who also won the Division 2 state title in 2010 behind the play of current New Jersey Devils center Kevin Rooney, made it clear early on that Tewksbury didn’t stand a chance. Canton scored three goals in the first period and cruised to the title. Senior Ryan Nolte had a goal and four assists while junior Johnny Hagan scored the final three goals for a hat trick.

Nolte was the team’s leading scorer with 32 goals and 39 assists. Goalie Michael Staffiere, a first-year starter, recorded 12 shutouts and a 0.89 goals against average.

“We played with a lot of pressure on us, but it’s amazing when you have a crew like these guys how quickly they can strike,” Shuman told the Boston Globe. “It just goes to show the quality of players we have.”


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