“Kids always think about the flashy playing,” Salmon said. “But as you get older, you start to think about what needs to be done and not what matters for you, yourself. We play for the team, and all that comes first. So that is what we try to do.”
All this was music to Wile’s ears.
“That’s why it was a no-brainer picking both of them,” Wile said. “It’s just their maturity. They are beyond their 18 years of age. And they show that, not only on the ice, but in the classroom. They are well-liked by the school. They are leaders in school. They both have great futures ahead of them. They’re both going to be able to do what they want to do. And as a coach, it’s going to be hard for me when the season is over and next year begins, and I look and don’t see these two guys. That’s going to be difficult. I just hope the other guys see what they bring to the table.”
Perhaps the thing Donley is the most famous for is spending time in the penalty box as one of the most physical players in the Cape Ann League.
“My parents and my coaches in the past have always told me, ‘Don’t let anybody push you around,’” says Donley. “That’s just the way I was brought up. So ever since I was young, I’ve always stood my ground. Kids that I’ve played against, kids I play with just know that. As long as I’m standing up for myself, my teammates, and my goalie especially, that’s just how I do it, an everyday walk in the park.”
Salmon would like to study engineering next year, and Donley wants to keep playing hockey. Neither is looking too far past the next game at this time of the season.