Captained by rugged defenseman Mike O’Toole, the team may not have
scored a lot of goals, but they won a lot of close games. The games that
they had to win, they usually did. Coached by Dick Burns and assisted by
Dick Burnham and Bill Seabury, the team scored 57 goals in 18 games, and
played in 12 one-goal games, winning eight of them.
John Jamieson, Loren Hunter, Dan Symes, Eddie Dolan, Tom Anderson,
Gene Kee, Joey Vaughan, Neil DeTeso, Bob Dillon, Mike Geragosian, Jim
Dolan, John Meisner, George Hoffman, Steve Vatcher, Mike Murgia, Steve
Nims, Glenn Hunter and Jack Cullen were all contributing members to the
Backboned by a solid goalie in Charlie Sheridan, the team was always
in good hands defensively. They were given additional support by team
managers Al Sloss and Bob Bondi. Nicknamed the “cardiac kids,” the
Spartans drew huge crowds to the Lynn Arena, then the site of Stoneham’s
home games. In a tight race with Melrose all season long, Stoneham had
the opportunity to share the league title or take it outright in their
final game of the season. A tie would have shared the title, a loss
would have given it to the Red Raiders, and a win would clinch it in
Five points behind the league leaders after the first of the year,
the team went on a seven-game unbeaten streak to get back in the race.
In the final game the Spartans fell behind 5-1 after two periods, but
came roaring back to score five goals in the final period to win, 6-5.
In the post season, the team won their first-round game against Dedham
before falling to a strong Beverly team, 3-2.
“They were a great bunch of kids, but we had no superstars,” said
Burns, the longtime SHS hockey coach. “I coached for 14 years, and that
was the best record that we ever had. It was just a well-balanced team.”
Team members now reside both locally and as far away as San Diego,