Bangor High School hockey defenseman Courtney one of four finalists for Travis Roy Award

Bangor's Justin Courtney tries to get in front of a pass from St. Dominic's Chase Hainey in the third period at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Tuesday, March 4. The Saints topped the Rams 3-1 in the Eastern Class A final.
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Bangor's Justin Courtney tries to get in front of a pass from St. Dominic's Chase Hainey in the third period at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee in Lewiston on Tuesday, March 4. The Saints topped the Rams 3-1 in the Eastern Class A final.
Posted March 10, 2014, at 7:40 p.m.

Bangor High School defenseman Justin Courtney is one of four finalists for the Travis Roy Award given annually to the state’s top senior Class A player and sportsman.

He is joined by Lewiston High School’s Kyle Lemelin, Thornton Academy of Saco’s Alex Fallon and Biddeford High School’s Nik Lemieux.

The award will be presented Sunday at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston as part of the All State selection banquet.

The four finalists will also be participating in the Maine Winter Classic to be held on Saturday night at the University of Southern Maine’s Ice Arena. The Class B Senior All-Star game between the East and West stars will be held beginning at 6:10 p.m. The Class A Senior All Stars are scheduled to take the ice at 8:10 p.m.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital.

Courtney finished the season with 10 goals and 19 assists in leading the Rams to the top seed in the Eastern Maine Class A Heal point standings and a berth in the EM Class A championship game.

Courtney possessed a hard and accurate shot and had a quick release. He usually kept his shot low to enable his teammates to tip it or to create rebound opportunities for them.

He played a key role on the power play.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Courtney, a co-captain, was also a shutdown defender with exceptional poise who made good, crisp breakout passes and smart decisions with the puck.

Courtney, who was an All-Eastern Maine Class A first-teamer a year ago, is also a baseball and soccer standout.

He was a reliable defender in soccer and is an outstanding pitcher who will take the mound for the University of Maine beginning next fall.

Fallon was a two-year captain at Thornton Academy and had 16 goals and 16 assists for the Trojans. He was a first team All-Western Maine A selection and was a two-year captain at Thornton.

He is an honor student and has volunteered for many charitable events, including the United Way Day of Caring.

Lemieux is a two-time captain and three-time All-State selection for the Tigers. He led the team in scoring this season with 21 goals and 22 assists.

He was an top-notch performer on the special teams and was an inspirational leader.

He is an all-academic student and has volunteered with man charitable organization, including Habitat for Humanity and the Make a Wish Foundation.

Lemelin had 13 goals and 15 assists for the Blue Devils this season, is a two-year captain and a first team All-EM Class A selection.

He led the team in scoring his junior and senior years and led the Devils to two state championship game berths.

The award is named for Travis Roy, a former Yarmouth resident and North Yarmouth Academy standout who was paralyzed on his first shift in his first game at Boston University when he crashed into the boards. He now lives and works in Boston and is a motivational speaker who works with a charity named after him.

The charity raises money and supplies grants for research and medical equipment for people who suffer from spinal cord injuries.

 

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