Acton Boxborough Colonial Club

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Acton Boxborough Colonial Club

Kelly Dyer

Class of 1984

Kelly Dyer is one of the true trailblazers in women's sport not only at Acton Boxboro, but the United States and the world. At AB, Kelly was one of the finest athletes ever produced. Her desire and competitive fire were matched only by her outstanding athletic ability. While at Acton Boxboro, Kelly excelled as a soccer keeper and as a goal tender on the hockey team. The boy's hockey team! Kelly was the second best goalie in the league, and the team lost little when future NHL Hall of Fame Goalie, Tom Barasso gave way to Kelly. She has the distinction of being the first girl to play a boy's varsity sport at Acton Boxboro. In tandem with Barasso, Kelly helped AB win 4 straight Dual County League Championships. Upon graduation from AB, Kelly honed her skills at New Hampton Prep where she was a skating forward on the women's team and back-up goalie on the men's team. Northeastern University won the recruiting war for her talent. From 1985 through 1989, the Huskies were the Class of New England in the ECAC. Kelly's Northeastern women's team won four Bean Pots and the ECAC Championship in 1988 and 1989. During that two year stretch, Kelly was an amazing 48-0-1 between the pipes, earning Team MVP both seasons. Kelly was elected to the Northeastern University Hall of Fame in 1995. In 1990, Kelly back stopped the U.S.A. Women's National Team to Silver Medal in the World Games. She was honored as Best Goalie and Team MVP. This feat was repeated in Finland in 1992 and at Lake Placid in 1994 earning Silver Medals. Kelly played professional hockey with the Jacksonville Bullets and the West Palm Beach Blaze from 1993 to 1996. She won two Sunshine League Championships during this span. In 1998, Kelly was nominated as Woman Of The Year in Sport. She is presently on the Executive Committee of the U.S.A. Hockey National Governing Body. Kelly is employed by Louisville Hockey as Product Manager of female specific hockey equipment and Pro Hockey and Team Sales Manager for NHL, AHL and college team sales for New England. She lives in Marblehead. Kelly's most memorable moments at AB was stopping a penalty shot in her first varsity game and winning that game, playing soccer for Coach Boylen and having great teammates.

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