Hockey - Boys' Varsity
|2016-17 Founders League Champions||2008 Lawrenceville Tournament Champions|
|2016 Lawrenceville Tournament Champions||2006 Lawrenceville Tournament Champions|
|2011 Lawrenceville Tournament Champions||2005-06 Founders League Co-Champions|
|2008-09 New England Quarterfinalist||2005-06 New England Finalists|
Boys hockey has been played at Taft since Horace Dutton Taft founded the school in 1890. Taft’s long-standing tradition of excellence in boys’ ice hockey dates back to the undefeated 1905 team. Moreover, Taft was the first school in New England to have an indoor artificial ice surface “Mays Rink” in 1950. Over the past century Taft also has had only seven head varsity boys’ hockey coaches, all of who have emphasized excellence not only on the ice, but also in the classroom and the dormitory. The Taft boys’ hockey program is not only proud of helping student athletes improve their individual skills and hockey “sense,” but also helping them to foster their leadership skills as well. Taft hockey boasts a rich history of preparing their players to become “captains” of their respective teams. Because Taft has two ice surfaces (Mays and Odden Arena), we are equally as pleased to celebrate hockey as an inclusive sport for Taft students, as we do our most recent graduates winning the Stanley Cup (Ryan Shannon ‘01 / Anaheim Ducks), being picked 22rd overall in the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft (Max Pacioretty / Montreal Canadiens), being a 2007 Hobey Baker Finalist (John Curry ’03 / Boston University), or winning the 2006 Lawrenceville School Christmas tournament. Hockey at Taft can be played by the student-athlete that aspires to play from the recreational to professional level.
About Head Coach Ryan Shannon '01
As a student at Taft, Ryan played varsity lacrosse and hockey for four years, served as captain of the hockey team, and won the Coaches Award for most valuable player. After graduating from Taft in 2001, Ryan attended Boston College, where he received a B.A. in Economics. There, Ryan was a captain, NCAA All-American (Second Team), recipient of the Paul Patrick Daley Student-Athlete Scholarship, and winner of the John “Snooks” Kelley Award.
After graduating from Boston College, Ryan went on to a career in the NHL, playing for the Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators, and Tampa Bay Lightning. In 2007, he won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks. Ryan also played in the AHL and NLA, with the Zurich Lions. He played for Team USA in the 2003 World Junior Championships, and in the 2009 and 2011 World Championships.
Ryan returns to Taft with his wife, Jessica (Goldmark) Shannon ’01, and their two children, Emma and Owen. Ryan works in admissions, serves as the head coach for boys’ varsity hockey, and is an assistant coach for boys’ varsity lacrosse.
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