Local Roundup: Hanover Graduate Part of Hall of Fame Class

Manchester — The New Hampshire Legends of Hockey didn’t exist when Steve Shirreffs was patrolling the blue line for the Hanover High School boys hockey program. Now he’s entering the hall of fame.

Shirreffs will join a seven-person class when the NHLOH holds its annual induction ceremony and luncheon on Oct. 26 at the Grappone Convention Center in Concord. The organization will also recognize Hanover’s boys and girls hockey programs during the ceremony.

Shirreffs played three seasons for the Marauders, winning state championships twice. The lanky defenseman played a key role in extending Hanover’s eventual win in the 1993 NHIAA title game, dumping a faceoff win into the corner that eventually led to Scott Turco’s game-tying goal with 4 seconds left in regulation. Mark Turco later scored the double-overtime winner in a 3-2 defeat of Concord.

The 1994 Hanover graduate would play a post-grad season for Hotchkiss School before a four-year career at Princeton, where he made the all-ECAC team twice, the all-Ivy League first team once and the NCAA All-American team in 1998. The Tigers also won the ECAC title in 1998 with Shirreffs on the blue line.

Drafted by the NHL’s Calgary Flames in 1995, Shirreffs played five professional seasons in the North American minor leagues and the Finnish Elite League. He now lives in Hoboken, N.J.

Shirreffs will enter the Legends of Hockey in the player category along with ex-UNH goaltender Mark Evans and Steve Murphy, a competitor in several New Hampshire and Massachusetts amateur leagues. Four others — Bruce Crowder, Bill Dennehy, Bruce Parker and former Boston Bruin forward Rick Middleton — will enter in the coaching catagory.

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Hanover Duo Out

Manchester — The Hanover High pair of Camille Hankel and Izzy Davis were eliminated in the semifinals of the NHIAA girls doubles tournament on Thursday at Derryfield School.

The third-seeded Hankel and Davis lost to second-seeded Londonderry twin sisters Colbi and Berklee Vaillancourt, 6-3, 6-3.