This is a second in a series of articles celebrating Wilmington Youth Hockey’s graduating class of seniors. This year, WYH will graduate 13 boys from the organization. We, in the organization, are proud of our seniors. Many many years ago, the boys were given a jersey with a “W” on the chest and they leave youth hockey with a “W” on their chest. Some would never leave and others took many travels but in the end they finished representing Wilmington because they started a Wildcat and will always be a Wildcat.
This year, Wilmington Youth Hockey will graduate Ryan St Jean, Bobby Lord, AJ McKearney, Micheal DuCharme, Jarred Aucoin, Calvin Stafford, Steve Bowker, Nate Demico, Max Shapiro, Tom Worob, Joey Mirabella, Tom Robarge and Dylan Bresnahan.
This week’s edition: Joe Mirabella and Moe DuCharme.
Joe Mirabella finished his Wilmington Youth Hockey career in style winning the u18 State Tournament. Joey paired with Bobby Lord all tournament long as a hugely successful offensive line. Joey’s mission for a monster senior year was off and running earlier in the season when he scored all three goals against Maine Hockey.
Joey accomplished a great fall season; all the while he was captaining the varsity soccer team for the high school. Although the soccer record was not what he would hope for, it was the conclusion of a very successful high school career on the grass. Joey’s leadership abilities were paid off with the captain’s designation.
Like so many in WYHA, Joey started his youth hockey career doing Learn to Skate and Learn to Play attending early morning practices with Coach Scott Stafford. Joe’s hockey career blossomed in youth hockey. He will never forget winning in tournaments with Wilmington and most of all playing as childhood pals that are his teammates of today.
As a player, Joey plays bigger than his size. He good hands, great wheels and consistently plays with high energy. As a returning varsity player, big things will be expected of Joe. He will likely be asked to bring his scoring prowess as a top six forward.
Next year, Joe plans to attend a 4 year college with interests in Marketing/Business.
Joe would never have accomplished all his hockey goals without the guidance and help of his parents Paula and Joe. Joe is also thankful for the many coaches he had through the years.
If you have attended a sporting event in Wilmington, you likely know or have seen the DuCharme family. Linda and Bob don’t miss an event. The middle child is Michael but you only know him as Moe. Moe is part of the graduating class of 2017-18 for Wilmington Youth Hockey.
Don’t judge Moe by the thin legs and arms, he is fearless. He will throw a check against any size. If he loses one battle of body weight, that will not stop him throwing the next check. Moe’s on-ice versatility is a big asset as he is equally comfortable in all forward positions. During the great State Tournament run, Moe and Nate Dimeco combined for 4 goals. Moe is determined on the ice and quick with the one-liners on the bench.
Moe completed his youth hockey career in style and only hopes to complete his high school hockey season in the same results.
Moe is far from a “just hockey” kid, he is the rare three sport high school athlete in 2017. Moe is a varsity in football, hockey and lacrosse player. Moe’s football season was highlighted with a two touchdown performance against Stoneham. He has spectacular hands and is as comfortable going over the middle as he is going long to stretch the field. In the Spring, Moe will captain the lacrosse team.
Moe’s youth hockey career began in the Buzzers program with Jay Barrett teaching him how to skate. Moe got his first taste of victory winning the Lowell Devils Tournament as a mite. Those tournaments would be the best of times, because the fun had with friends in the hotels and swimming pools.
After Moe graduates from WHS, he plans to attend college studying Construction Management or Business Management.
WYHA is happy that Joe Mirabella and Moe DuCharme made our organization such a large part of the youth hockey experience. We wish them luck in all their endeavors and hope to see them one day returns as coaches and/or Dads.
(NOTE: The above press release is from Wilmington Youth Hockey.)