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December 12, 2013

Endangered species: 100-point scorers

Local teams experience drought for players joining Century Club

Just a few years ago, an influx of local hockey players surpassed the 100-point mark for their respective careers, forcing us to question whether the Century Club could still be considered exclusive.

These things have a way of evening out, and with a few more seasons to balance out the sample size, there is no longer a question as to whether scoring 100 points signifies a great high school career.

No Newburyport, Amesbury, Triton or Pentucket hockey player eclipsed the 100-point mark last season, and it seems likely that no player will achieve the feat this season either. This comes on the heels of a surge in Century Club admittance from 2007 to 2012 when seven players from Newburyport alone cracked the 100-point mark.

The last local player to join the prestigious Century Club was Triton’s Nate Williamson in February of 2012. From 2007 to 2012, Newburyport saw Max Bayko, Kyle Roback, Derek McCoy, Kevin Holmes, Kyle McElroy, Derek Freeman and Cam Roy break the 100-point mark. Perhaps not coincidentally, Newburyport won a Division 2 state championship in 2009 and returned to the state-title game in 2010.

“If you look at those guys, they all played together,” Newburyport coach Paul Yameen said. “We had a very good team at the time. It has a lot to do with the people that play around you.”

The difficulty of reaching the 100-point mark is that it requires — at the very least — three extremely productive seasons, and more likely, four consistent campaigns.

Consider as an example Triton senior Kyle Hillick, who is coming off a 35-point junior season. He didn’t play varsity as a freshman and tallied only six points as a sophomore. Now, one of the top forwards in the Cape Ann League will need a historically productive output — 59 points — to reach 100 for his career.

“Kyle’s a guy who will probably play in college, but he just didn’t have the numbers early in his high school career to get to 100,” Wile said.

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