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While Falmouth’s quest for a third straight Class A boys’ hockey state title ended in disappointment this winter, the program got a huge dose of good news Sunday when Isac Nordstrom was given the prestigious Travis Roy Award as the state’s premier senior player at the Class A banquet in Lewiston.
Nordstrom was born in Sweden, but came to Falmouth for high school and as a sophomore and junior, helped the Yachtsmen win their first two state titles.
“I was nervous coming up to the podium and having my speech, but it feels really good right now,” Nordstrom said. “I really don’t have words for it, but I want to thank my teammates and my coaches for bringing me here — and it’s been great. Also my parents. Without their support, I wouldn’t be here.”
St. Dominic Academy’s Brad Berube, South Portland/Waynflete/Freeport’s Andrew Whipple and Lawrence/Skowhegan’s Cody Martin were other finalists.
Despite playing in just 13 regular season games due to suffering a lower-body injury — an injury he was initially told was season-ending — Nordstrom, serving as team captain, finished the regular season with 31 points (15 goals, 16 assists). In his first game back from injury, he scored twice and recorded two assists in a 13-0 victory over Thornton Academy. Nordstrom had six-multi goal games and registered two six-point games.
Nordstrom led the Yachtsmen in power-play goals and was second in both game-winning goals and plus-minus.
“There’s a lot of history there,” Falmouth coach Deron Barton said. “Really good memories, really good kid. From day one when I met him, I knew he was going to be a success. He works hard in the offseason, he’s very respectful, he’s well-liked by his teammates and he’s just a great leader without any effort. I’m super happy for him. He’s an impact player no matter how or where. The real piece of it is he’s a well-rounded player. He plays as good as anyone I’ve seen in the Falmouth system in his own end. As much as he’s a threat on offense, he’s a very, very strong plus-minus player. That pays tribute to his overall talent.”
Off the ice, Nordstrom has volunteered his time with the Opportunity Skate program, a skating-based outreach program, at the Family Ice Center, as well as helping to feed the homeless at St. Elizabeth’s pantry and St. Luke’s church.
Nordstrom became the second player from Falmouth to win the award, joining Peter Gustavson in 2005.
Nordstrom plans to attend prep school and has offers to play hockey at Kimball Union (New Hampshire), Cushing Academy (Massachusetts) and Kents Hill School.
Sun Journal staff writer Mike Kraft contributed to this story.
Falmouth senior Isac Nordstrom wins the Travis Roy Award as the state’s top senior boys’ hockey player Sunday.