Man About Canton: Hockey Standouts

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Dan Muse, a Canton High School graduate, was recently hired as an assistant coach by the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League. Muse joins a Predators team that won the Western Conference this past season and finished just two wins shy of a Stanley Cup title. Muse himself also has quite a background: He was an assistant lacrosse coach at CHS, played hockey at Stonehill College, served as an assistant coach at Milton Academy and Archbishop Williams, spent six years at Yale and won a national title, was named head coach of the Chicago Steel in the U.S. Hockey League, and won the Clark Cup this past season. It’s interesting to note that Nashville’s season opener on October 5 will be against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden, not far from his hometown in Canton. Muse’s parents live in Canton. His father, Dr. Dan Muse, works at the Brockton Hospital, and his mother, Ann Muse, is a speech pathologist at the Galvin Middle School.

Kevin Rooney recently signed a one-year, two-way contract with the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils for $650,000. The Canton native also earned Providence College’s Mal Brown Award in 2016, which is given annually to the male athlete whose career of intercollegiate competition portrays sportsmanship, courage, and honor. Kevin also assisted on the game-winning goal in Providence College’s 4-3 victory over Boston University as the Friars claimed their first NCAA title. Kevin’s uncle Steve Rooney, also of Canton, was a member of the 1986 Montréal Canadiens team that won the Stanley Cup.

The Canton American Legion Post 24 baseball team made it all the way to the district semifinals before losing a heartbreaker to Quincy 10-9 in nine innings. The semifinal finish was the furthest a Post 24 team had ever advanced, and the team’s final record of 15-9 included three wins against the eventual District 6 champs Braintree, who also went on to win the state championship. Canton was oh-so-close! MAC congratulates the team, head coach Greg Lyons, and assistants Walter Mann and Al Jackson.

The Canton Junior League baseball team won the Massachusetts Junior League state championship for the second consecutive year by defeating Whitman 4-2 and 7-6 in a best-of-three series at Horgan Field in Oxford. Congratulations from MAC to Manager Mike Rota, coaches Brett Burbank, Keith Poole and Brian Rota, and all of the players on this year’s state championship team.

The Canton A’s of the Cranberry Baseball League made it to the playoffs as the sixth-seeded team and knocked off the third-seeded Rockland Cardinals before being eliminated in the semifinals by No. 2 Bourne (16-8) in two close games, 3-0 and 7-5. The A’s finished the season with an 11-14 record led by player/coach Andrew Poliferno.

In a close vote (23-15), the Massachusetts Senate rejected an amendment that would raise the amount of property tax reduction seniors over 60 can earn by doing volunteer work in their city or town from $1,500 to $2,000.

Canton selectmen recently increased the hourly rate for participants in the senior tax program from $10 to $11.

The popular ice cream store Giovanni’s at 598 Washington Street in Canton has closed.

The two richest people in the world are Amazon.com founder and Washington Post owner Jeffrey P. Bezos and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Both have fortunes worth over $90 billion.

Canton-based chain Dunkin’ Brands plans to reduce its menu and its expansion plans while placing more of an emphasis on drive-throughs and curbside pickup. As Dunkin’ Donuts chief executive Nigel Travis recently told the Boston Globe, “On-the-go ordering is the ultimate in convenience. Consumers want faster service and more convenience.” The company still plans to open between 330 and 350 new stores this coming year. They also plan to add new store designs. Dunkin’ Donuts is the seventh largest restaurant chain in the United States.

Canton town engineer James Donovan will retire on September 29 after 10 years of service to the town.

Norwood general manager John J. Carroll, 89, of Milton, one of the longest serving town managers in Massachusetts, will retire on December 1, 2017, after 39 years at the helm in Norwood. Carroll served as the state commissioner of public works from 1974 to 1978 before taking the job in Norwood.

“SPAM” is short for spiced ham.

Governor Charlie Baker filed a bill that would allow consumers to buy most products that cost under $2,500 on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20, without paying the state’s 6.25 percent sales tax. However, the bill is not supported by House Speaker Robert DeLeo (D-Winthrop), which makes it dead on arrival. Gee thanks, Bob.

You must have control of authorship of your own destiny. The pen that writes your life story must be held in your own hand.

That is all for now folks. See you next week.

Joe DeFelice can be reached at manaboutcanton@aol.com.

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