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January 9, 2013
Hard Work Paying Off
By Kevin Devlin

Catholic Memorial senior student-athlete dedicated to be a success on and off the ice.

Some people fold their tents and go home at the first sign of adversity, while others dig in. Some are talkers while others are doers. Some rise to the challenge and succeed, while lesser people stumble and fall. Upon reflection, Liam Coughlin chose to stand tall, and rise to the occasion. And now he’s glad he did.

Liam, 18, is the son of Heather and Kevin Coughlin. He has a twin brother named Logan, an older sister named Micaela, and an older brother, Kevin. He’s a senior at Catholic Memorial High School (CM) which is located in West Roxbury, a school with a truly rich hockey history and a fine educational standing.    

After two disappointing high school hockey seasons, Liam was upset; he didn’t’ take defeat lightly. In order to show everyone how good he could really be, for himself and for his team, he was determined to take his game to another level. Last June, he went to work. He joined Motivated Fitness located on West Broadway, run by Tom Regan and his two sons, Sean and Thomas. Liam lifted weights to gain lower and upper body strength, and did a lot of running and sprinting for conditioning, stamina, and speed. . Now, he is stronger, quicker and faster. Training on a consistent basis, he was truly motivated, refusing to have another losing season at CM.

Based on the current results thus far this season, it’s evident that his hard work off the ice is paying off on the ice. CM has sprinted out of the gate, sporting a 7-1 record, and is undefeated in league play. Liam has already scored 19 goals and registered 10 assists. He has two four-goal games, and overall, has four hat tricks. NHL scouts from the Los Angeles Kings and the Montreal Canadians were in attendance at two of his recent high school games, hoping to get a closer look at him, since it is his NHL draft year.     

After high school, Liam hopes to play one year of Junior Hockey in the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) either for the New Hampshire Monarchs, or the South Shore Kings. The extra year of playing time and experience will benefit him when he subsequently plays college hockey. The four top schools currently on his list are Merrimac, Boston College, Northeastern, and Boston University. After that, who knows, hopefully the NHL will be knocking on his door.    

Liam began playing hockey at the Murphy Rink as a member of Arnie’s Army. He continued playing locally in the South Boston Youth Hockey League (SBYHL) up until the Under 16 Midget division. He also played for the Junior Bruins when he was younger, and then during the fall season the last two years. His recent Junior Bruins teams were state championship finalists both years.

One of Liam’s favorite hockey moments was when his Pee Wee Major team won the BSR Tournament in Quebec, Canada. His team won the tournament and he scored a goal in the shootout.  Another favorite memory is when he skated on the ice, in Quebec, with world-class players, one of which at the time was his older brother Kevin. His third recollection about hockey, concerns his twin brother, Logan. Liam understands that tough times don’t last, but tough people do. He knows Logan, a former teammate, who he has shared many happy moments with on the ice, will hang tough, and fully recover from injuries he sustained last year. 

Liam’s mom and dad are proud of his success on and off the ice, realizing that it was the result of hard work and dedication. 

“He’s doing well with his studies, getting really good grades, and has also dedicated himself to be a winner on the ice,” said his dad. “Last June, after CM was knocked out of the Super 8 Tournament for the second year in a row, Liam committed himself to being a better hockey player. He got up early every morning, during the summer and into the fall, and worked out at Regan’s Motivated Fitness. Some people just talk but he acted.  I told him that if he worked hard, he would see results…he would see how good he could be if he sacrificed and focused …and now he’s reaping what he has sowed.”   

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