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All-Delco Hockey: Moran, DiPrimio keyed Haverford’s climb in Central

In addition to Player of the Year Michael Giampapa, the rest of the All-Delco team includes:

Shane Moran, Haverford High: Few players could match Moran stride for stride or goal for goal. The Fords’ senior forward and two-time All-Delco found the back of the net 24 times and finished second in the Central League, behind only Giampapa, with 45 points. Using his blazing speed down the right side to surprise opposing defensemen and goaltenders, Moran was the key driving force behind Haverford’s 9-0-3 start to league play. With 64 points as a junior and 56 as a senior, Moran closed his career on a spectacular 110-point, two-year run. He received strong consideration for Player of the Year.

READ: The full list of All-Delco honorees

Cardinal O’Hara players celebrate (91) Liam McCanney in the second period of the Catholic League final. The gritty, fast junior forward provided scoring — with 26 goals in 11 league games — and leadership as O’Hara went undefeated in claiming the Blue Division title. (Digital First Media/Pete Bannan)

Liam McCanney, Cardinal O’Hara: As feisty as he is talented, McCanney tormented the Philadelphia Catholic League-Blue Division to the tune of 26 goals in just 11 games. The junior forward added seven more in nonleague play to eclipse the 30-goal mark. McCanney did it all for the Lions, who finished 12-0 to claim the league title. Five of his goals came shorthanded, three with a man advantage. He provided speed, grit, scoring touch, and, more importantly down the stretch, leadership for an O’Hara team that promises to return stronger in 2017. McCanney scored a goal and added two assists in the PCL-Blue final against Archbishop Ryan.

Clayton Proctor, Radnor: Whether he lined up as a defenseman or at center, Proctor was often the best player on the ice. He played both positions on consecutive shifts and sometimes switched roles without leaving the ice. And Radnor rode him to the Flyers Cup A Semifinals. In the process, Proctor bagged 28 goals — 26 in the regular season — with a wicked wrist shot he unleashed from both the blue line and the slot. A formidable faceoff-man and a physical presence, Proctor used his versatility to become an All-Central performer. Opposing coaches, rightfully, thought him one of the three or four best players in the county.

Nate Dunning, Ridley: A two-year captain and a two-time All-Delco, Dunning provided the leadership and physical presence that has made Ridley one of the county’s best programs in recent years. He filled many roles on the blue line. With his speed, he had the ability to go end to end on a rush. At other times, he was tasked with shutting down an opponent’s best player. And with a booming shot, Dunning was a force on the Raiders power play. He finished with 24 points overall and 19 in the league, good for second most among Central defensemen.

Marcus DiPrimio, Haverford High: Finally healthy after a few seasons of bad luck, DiPrimio emerged as the player Haverford coach John Povey always knew he was. The smooth-skating blue liner helped the Fords finish first in the North Division of the Central League and earn a top seed in the playoffs despite playing in front of a freshman goaltender — who, to his credit, was very good. DiPrimio was the first step in Haverford’s high-flying attack. He broke the puck out and joined the rush at the back end, capping his career with 21 points in 18 games.

Calin Losacco, Springfield: If the Cougars knew they’d be in a bit of a rebuild year, they at least had Losacco in tow. The 6-foot-3 netminder used his frame to cover the entire lower portion of the goal when he went into his butterfly. He dared shooters to pick the upper corners, which wasn’t the easiest thing to do. Losacco finished the year with nine wins, one shutout, a 2.78 goals-against average and an .897 save percentage. He was never better than he was in the Central League playoffs. Losacco backstopped Springfield through two consecutive overtime games, making 31 saves in the final against Strath Haven, to give the Cougars their first league title since 2014.

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