You'd be hard pressed to find a more hockey-centric town in Western Mass than Westfield, and for senior captain Chris Sullivan he wouldn't have it any other way.
“As a kid I would come to games and watch the'Big, Bad Bombers' come and skate around,” said Sullivan. “It was definitely a dream of mine to play in high school and to have now played for four years, to be a senior captain is a dream come true.”
The Bombers are no strangers, to success and their most recent state championship season served as a bit of a coming out party for our athlete of the week. However, his biggest challenge may come this season as Westfield deals with key injuries heading into the playoffs.
“Losing my linemate was very big,” said Sulivan. ” He's such a huge part of this team. It's on us now as a team to pick up his role. Each person needs to step up and bring their ‘A game' because we know he would give anything to be out there with us skating around.”
“I put two sophomores with him and he's stepped up to the plate,” said head coach C.B. “Moose” Matthews. “He's nurtured them along and bringing them along as he's had a great week. The last two weeks really, with new young guys and that's hard to do.
A four year player for Westfield, Chris continues through his senior season and the playoffs leaving a lasting impression on his coach and his teammates.
“I've been through a few captains—-about 30—- and he's right at the top,” said Matthews. “He's a scholar gentlemen. They respect him, they look up to him and he's very supportive of all of them. We're a family and I'm not gonna see these guys again on the ice coaching them and it gets to me. You know it brings a tear to your eye every now and then.”
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