Michael Veno transferred from Malden
Catholic to Stoneham High midway through his sophomore year. Because of
MIAA rules, he could only practice with the hockey team that year. He
quickly distinguished himself at SHS. During his junior year, he broke
the single season scoring record. His 32 goals and 25 assists that year
totaled 57 points. The Spartan first line of Veno, Bill Connell, and
Richie Santoro shattered the record for points by a line with 157 as
they scored 66 goals and had 91 assists, the most productive line in
Stonehamís long hockey history.
Stoneham played in the State
Tournament and Veno went wild in a 7 to 2 win over Bedford in the
opening round, scoring three goals and assisting on three others. As a
senior co-captain, Mike scored three goals and assisted on two to lead
Stoneham to a 5-3 victory over defending champion Woburn. The victory
left Stoneham alone in first place after four rounds of play. Their
unbeaten streak came to an end as Watertown skated to a 4-1 victory.
Mike scored the lone Stoneham goal. The Stoneham team bounced back
against Lexington with a 4-1 victory, with two of the goals scored by
Veno. In an easy 5-1 victory over Belmont, he scored one, assisted on
two and showed remarkable passing ability.
Veno, the Middlesex
League leading scorer, exploded for five goals against Wakefield. Then
in a 4-1 win over Woburn, Mike started off the game with two goals. But
title hopes were dimmed by a lightly regarded Belmont. Even so, Mike
scored one of the Spartan goals in the 3-2 loss. Veno added three more
goals to his total in a 8-2 win over Winchester.
leading scorer was named a Middlesex League All-Star and Globe and
Herald All-Scholastic both years. His senior year Mike was voted most
valuable SHS hockey player.
In addition, Veno was selected to
play in the Super Series 1983 against a team of all-stars from
He also showed his athleticism on the ball field where
he played shortstop for the Spartans his junior and senior years.
Veno then played for Salem State where he continued as a high
scorer. He went on to play professional hockey in Europe after
graduating from college.
Michael is a consultant for Cognizant
Technology and resides in Newburyport with his wife Amy and three
children Michael, Austin, and Isabella.