Many who grew up in Stoneham remember Frank O’Grady as the kind, quiet
Vice Principal of Central School. Others of another generation remember
him as one of the best hockey players that the town ever produced.
The 1949 S.H.S. graduate was a star at the former St. Patrick’s High
School where he was named to the All-Catholic Team before moving on to
Stoneham High. At Stoneham High, O’Grady continued his standout play in
his junior and senior seasons, being named to the Greater Boston
Interscholastic All Star Team both years and being invited to appear on
Bump Hadley’s TV show on WBZ.
Upon graduating from Stoneham High, O’Grady went on to star at Boston
College, achieving All-New England and All-East honors in each of his
three varsity seasons. While at B.C., his teams compiled a 40-15-1
record. He tied for the team lead in scoring with 34 points in 1951, and
led the team in goals scored in 1952 with sixteen.
As an Eagle, O’Grady played in the first Beanpot Tournament and later
became a member of the B.C. Hall of Fame. O’Grady reached the pinnacle
of amateur hockey when he was named to the Olympic Hockey team that
traveled to Cortina, Italy in 1956.