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2018 Annual Awards & Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

By Mass Hockey , 05/24/18, 5:45PM EDT


Honoring players, coaches, builders & media June 16

At Massachusetts Hockey we are beyond fortunate to have so many players, coaches, volunteers and builders who have helped make hockey in Massachusetts great.

Each year we get to honor some of those influential leaders with an induction into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame, a time where we are also able to honor Massachusetts Hockey Annual Awardees.

For the event, we are happy to announce that our Master of Ceremonies will be our own Hall of Fame member and Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes: Arthur J. Chisholm (Player), Joseph A. Curnane II (Builder), Daniel Esdale (Builder), Joe Giuliotti (All-Around) and William F. Hanson (Coach). The posthumous inductees for this year will be Leland “Hago” Harrington, Francis “Austie” Harding and Lorne “Tippy” Johnson.

Those receiving an Annual Award in 2018 includes: Charles 'Chip' Fagan for the Milt Kaufman Award,  Mark Lissner for the Duke Kumpel Special Achievement Award, Jean Ann Nigro for the Massachusetts Hockey President's AwardDr. Ann McKee for the Dr. Alan Ashare Safety Award and Karen McCabe for the Ron & Jo DiFilippo Registrar Award.

For more information on those receiving awards and being inducted into the Hall of Fame, please scroll down below.

Date/Location: Saturday, June 16, 2018 at hotel1620 Plymouth Harbor in 180 Water St, Plymouth, MA 02360.

Time: Cocktail Reception begins at 5 p.m.; Sit-down at 6 p.m. - Evening should conclude by 9 p.m.
Cost: $75 per ticket/$750 per 10 tickets (full table)
Hall of Fame Website (includes current list and pictures from past ceremonies):

If you are interested in purchasing tickets and attending, please email us at and/or call at (781) 664-2700 x102. Deadline to purchase tickets is Friday, June 8, 2018.




We would like to join the Beanpot Hockey Tournament and Northeastern Hockey Hall of Fame in inducting the Northeastern Husky who still holds the record for the most goals at Northeastern.

As a hockey player in Massachusetts during the 1960s, Art exemplified what it means to be elite through his character on and off the ice, and his play.  A two-time All-American center scored a record 100 goals and 81 assists for 181 points in only 71 games between 1959 and 1961. Art was an All-East, All-New England and Beanpot All-Tournament selection. He won the Walter Brown Trophy his junior year as New England's Outstanding Player. 

Plus, he played three games in the National Hockey League with the Boston Bruins. Art was the first New England collegiate player to play for the Bruins after World War II and he was an  ECAC referee for 18 years.

He played a large part in expanded participation numbers in youth hockey across the state and around the country exciting folks with his skills. 



As a builder for hockey in Massachusetts, Joe's involvement in our District’s successes, such as the Boston Bruins/Youth Hockey License Plates program, are the reasons Massachusetts Hockey has such a solid framework to rely on for years to come.

Additionally, he set the video structure not only for the hockey community in Massachusetts but for the entire hockey family across the United States, including USA Hockey, Collegiate Hockey and the National Hockey League. He was nicknamed Video Joe by legendary Boston Bruins trainer John Forristall and began videotaping hockey 50 years ago.

Also, Joe created and has administered many events and awards including the Boston Bruins High School Hockey Girls John Carlton Memorial Award, which has become one of the most significant high school awards in the country. He worked for the Boston Bruins for 23 years, including 16 years as assistant to former Bruins President Harry Sinden.



Like with Joe Curnane, Dan's involvement in our District’s successes, such as serving as the Massachusetts Hockey president when the the Boston Bruins/Youth Hockey License Plates program was created, are the reasons Massachusetts Hockey has such a solid framework to rely on for years to come. 

Additionally, through his involvement in many areas like the coaching education program and rule changes, we continue to see Dan's input being implemented today. For example, USA Hockey recently removed the rule about waiving off icing when a team is shorthanded, which Dan was an integral part of introducing years ago.



As a coach, Bill's involvement shows in the players he coached, such as current Harvard Coach Ted Donato and 1996 NHL Vezina trophy winner Jim Carey. 

Yes, Bill's legendary coaching career can not only be shown in statistics like the 17 MIAA State Championships (including 13 in the Super 8 Tournament) but also in his support and guidance of numerous players throughout the Massachusetts Hockey Player Development process. His 608 career victories are the third-most in MIAA hockey history, behind only the late Ed Burns of Arlington and former Matignon coach Marty Pierce.

Among the many accolades Hanson garnered during his coaching career, he was twice named National Coach of the Year by USA Today and is a member of the Massachusetts State Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame, as well as CM's athletic Hall of Fame. 



Joe Giuliotti is a man who has worn many hats, including as a writer covering youth, high school, collegiate and professional hockey for the Boston Herald. His standards of coverage for the Hockey East Conference and the Beanpot Tournament is what news coverage looks to mirror to this day. Not only did Joe cover hockey but he became involved as a coach, a mentor, an advocate and even a goal judge for places like East Boston High School, Shawsheen Technical High School and Dominic Savio High School. Joe has been the recipient of the Joel Perlmutter Award from the Mass. State Hockey Coaches Association, the Murray Kramer "Scarlet Quill" Award for Outstanding Coverage of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Dave OʼHara Award from the Baseball Writers Association of America. He has been honored by the East Boston Athletic Board with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his involvement with youth.


Francis "Austie" Harding


U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Member

Noble & Greenough School Football and Ice Hockey Alumni, Harvard Ice Hockey Alumni,  U.S. Hockey Olympian

Leland "Hago" Harrington


Melrose High School Ice Hockey Alumni, NHL Alumni, Coach, High School Referee and Founder of “Hago” Harrington’s Miniature Golf in Stoneham

Lorne "Tippy" Johnson


Lynn English High School Baseball, Football and Ice Hockey Alumni and signed professional baseball contract with Milwaukee Braves


President's Award

Jean Ann Nigro

USA Hockey Associate Registrar for Club Hockey in Massachusetts

Ashare Safety Award

Dr. Ann McKee

Boston University's Professor of Neurology & Pathology, Director, Neuropathology Core

DiFilippo Registrar Award

Karen McCabe

Massachusetts Spitfires Girls Hockey Registrar, Assistant Program Director and Assistant Coach

Kaufman Award

Charles "Chip" Fagan

District Referee Supervisor and South Shore Conference Shadow Referee Program Founder/Coordinator

Kumpel Special Achievement Award

Mark Lissner

USA Hockey Associate Registrar for Girls/Womens Hockey in Massachusetts, National Bound Tournament & Nomination Chair