Athlete of the Week: Pete Murphy

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: Hockey , Athlete of the Week

Nauset junior Pete Murphy. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

PEABODY – In a game that didn’t have many highlights for the Nauset boys hockey team, junior forward Pete Murphy still found a way to stand out.

Although Murphy scored the only goal for 13 th -seeded Nauset during the team’s season-ending 7-1 loss to fourth-seeded Lynnfield in the second round of the Division 3 state tournament, the junior’s impressive play was hardly limited to his goal.

It seemed like every time a Lynnfield player got within a few feet of Murphy, he didn’t hesitate to play the body.

Even though the team ultimately lost, Murphy’s fearless and physical style of play set a standard the rest of the lineup can look to replicate when hockey returns next winter.

“He brings a lot of tenacity and brings a big physical game,” Nauset’s interim coach Jake Pickard said about Murphy. “He’s a great, coachable kid and he really picks up his teammates. He’s a leader by example and a leader vocally within the locker room. He’s a great attribute to our program.”

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