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|March 11, 2008
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P. Duggan Hockey Championship Honors Memory and Passion
of Community Service Statewide Supervisor
are photos by Lisa Hickey, Community Service Assistant Statewide
OCP (Office of the Commissioner of Probation) Team
OCC (Office of Community Corrections) Team
left to right: Probation Commissioner John J. O'Brien;
Kevin Duggan's widow; and Stephen V. Price, Executive Director of
the Office of Community Corrections.
Friends, family members, and colleagues turned
out recently to honor the memory of Kevin Duggan, former Massachusetts
Trial Court Community Service Program Statewide Supervisor, by
engaging in one of his biggest passions: hockey.
The group converged at Murphy's Skating Rink in
South Boston where two teams, one representing the Office of
the Commissioner of Probation (OCP) and the other from the Office
of Community Corrections, suited up and took to the ice where
they competed for the Kevin P. Duggan Championship Cup. While
the OCP team was victorious with an 11-4 score, players from
both teams and spectators alike said they enjoyed the game and
the opportunity to pay homage to their good friend and colleague
who absolutely loved the sport.
Duggan, who passed away in June 2006, was a talented
hockey player and goalie for the LA Kings, a minor (development)
league team, Boston State College (UMASS-Boston), and Hingham
High School. He also served as a coach for Curry College and
Noble Greenough School. At Noble, he coached the girl's hockey
team-leading them to three New England Championships. Two of
the young women from that team played for the last USA Girls
team in the Olympics.
Stephen Price, Executive Director of Community
Corrections, said of the event: "This was a great opportunity
for Community Service staff and Probation Officers to enjoy a
little friendly competition while honoring the memory of someone
we all loved."
David Skocik, Community Service Acting Statewide
Supervisor and one of the event organizers, said the group will
make the Kevin Duggan face-off an annual event.
"At the final buzzer, it wasn't what the scoreboard
depicted. It was about coming together to remember and to pay
tribute to Kevin – who in his own way – blessed us
all with his leadership but most importantly, his friendship," Skocik
Mark McHale, Suffolk County Regional Supervisor,
and Francis Wall, Deputy Commissioner, were the other organizers.
McHale said of the Duggan Championship, "It was
a great night an great tribute to Kevin Duggan and his family
for all the work that Kevin did for the Probation Service."
"Twenty-six years ago, Kevin Duggan led a group
of Probation Officers to Montreal, Canada to play the Laval Teacher's
Association Hockey Team," said Wall. "Twenty-six years later,
a group of 32 community service workers and Probation Officers
are honoring Kevin by playing the game he loved and coached."
He added, "We all felt Kevin's presence during
the Kevin P. Duggan Championship Cup game. It was a wonderful
tribute to his name, his legacy, probation, community service,
Representing the OCP team were Fran Wall and Mark
McHale, who served as coaches. Wall is a Deputy Commissioner
and McHale is Suffolk County Regional Supervisor. The OCP roster
included Richard O'Neil, Probate & Family Court Regional
Supervisor; Paul Keefe, Norfolk County Juvenile Acting Chief
Probation Officer; Richard Wright, Middlesex County Probation
Officer in Charge (POIC); Christopher Bulger, OCP Deputy Commissioner,
Legal Counsel; Brian Murphy, Middlesex Regional Supervisor; Roland
Buoncuore, Waltham District Court Chief Probation Officer; John
Morganstern, Springfield District Court Chief Probation Officer;
and Martin Wallace, Worcester County POIC. Also on the OCP roster
were Jay Brennan, Quincy Probation Officer in Charge; James Concannon,
; Michael Buckley, Norfolk Superior Probation Officer; Joseph
Bianculli, Dedham District Court Probation Officer; Tom Connolly,
Suffolk Superior Court Probation Officer; Stephen Ashe, Hampden
Superior Assistant Chief Probation Officer; and Chris Connolly.
The OCC team featured coach Michael Collins, Suffolk
County Court Services Coordinator; goalie Shawn Bertoni, Suffolk
County Juvenile Resource Center; and the following players: Casey
Reasonover, Program Specialist at the Suffolk County Juvenile
Resource Center; Tim Pasquale, Essex County Assistant Court Services
Coordinator; Timothy Gagnon, OCC Regional Manager; Jeffrey Striano,
Essex County Assistant Court Services Coordinator; James Schindler,
Norfolk County Assistant Court Services Coordinator; Ed Norton,
Community Service intern; Bob Doherty, Plymouth County Assistant
Court Services Coordinator; Matt Rogers, Plymouth County Assistant
Court Services Coordinator; John Gibbons, Middlesex County Court
Services Coordinator; Timothy Callahan, Assistant Statewide Supervisor
for Bristol and Plymouth counties; Christopher Cannata, Assistant
Statewide Supervisor for Essex and Suffolk counties; David Skocik,
Acting Community Service Statewide Supervisor; Shawn Duggan,
Middlesex County Assistant Court Services Coordinator; Marty
Cuniff, Essex County Assistant Court Services Coordinator; and
Kevin Spitz, Middlesex County Court Services Coordinator.
"I want to extend a special thanks to the referees,
Fred Wall (Frances Wall"s twin brother) and Richard Losi. We
look forwarding to seeing everyone next year for the Kevin Duggan
Championship Cup," said Deputy Commissioner Wall.