Doors will open for eight inductees and the 1973 Hockey Team
The Golden Tornado Club, the booster organization for Malden High School athletics, will host its 35th Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony on Saturday, November 20 at the Malden Moose Hall (562 Broadway, Malden). This year’s event, which is already a sellout, will recognize six former standout student-athletes from Malden High’s glory-filled sports past as well as the players and coaches from the 1973 Hockey Team, which is now acknowledged as the perhaps the best assembled in Golden Tornadoes lore.
Special awards bestowed that night include the Distinguished Service Award, which will go to Don Nally, for his many years of service to the club, and the Golden Eagle Award. The Golden Eagle Award goes to Boys Volleyball Head Coach Dan Jurkowski. A former player, Kenny Nguyen, penned the winning Golden Eagle Essay on what Coach Jurkowski has meant to him and gets a $1,000 scholarship from the Golden Tornado Club.
In addition to the 1973 Hockey Team, there will be six individual inductees, including: Michael Byrne (Class of 1972, football, basketball, baseball); Mario Fosco (Class of 1991, soccer and football); Kaitlyn DeVincentis (Class of 2005, softball); Rachel Timmons (Class of 2005, field hockey, basketball, softball); Anthony Pappagallo (Class of 2006, football, basketball, baseball); Annie Abber (Class of 2009, basketball and softball).
The 1973 hockey team made it to the semifinals of the Eastern Mass. Schoolboy Hockey Championship, the furthest a Malden High team ever went in school history. The team included Al Ruelle, Bob McCarthy, Kevin Howard, Ray Porter, Steve Sideri, Gary DeSousa, Jim McGonagle, Dan Boland (Captain), Joey Mayne, Dave Surette, Bob DiMeco, Matty Marden, Tom O’Connor, Mike Stefanilo, John Finnegan, John MacDonald, Rich Howard, Bob Gallagher, Mike Marcucella, Steve Surette and Head Coach Bill McCormack.
The event is sold out. For more information, please contact Jeanne Marquardo in the Malden High School Athletics Office at 781-397-6007.
—Steve Freker is President of the Golden Tornado Club and Chairperson of the Hall of Fame Dinner Committee