|By Kevin Devlin
The gifted Coughlin twins, Logan and Liam, have been selected to play in the Quebec International Hockey Tournament next February, and could use a little help from their neighbors and friends to make this trip a reality
They are twelve years old, attend the Perry Elementary School in South Boston and are in the sixth grade.
They are doing well in school and are working hard all the time to realize good grades.
They basically play the same sports, football, hockey, and baseball, and to make it easy for mom and dad for scheduling purposes, are on the same Little League, Pop Warner, and hockey teams.
They played Pop Warner Football in Southie for three seasons but took the past season off to concentrate on school work and hockey, but hope to play again next fall.
They play in the South Boston Little League and last summer, their squad, the South Boston Chippewas, captured the 2006 Little League World Series title.
They began playing hockey in the South Boston Youth Hockey League, and their teams, under the coaching leadership of their dad, Kevin, won two Mite and two Squirt Mayor’s Cup Hockey Tournament Championships at Boston College’s Conte Forum.
They are now playing on the Boston Junior Bruins PeeWee Hockey team and compete throughout New England in the Greater Boston Youth Hockey League.
Next February, they hope to compete in the Quebec International Hockey Tournament. The trip also includes fun outside of the rink, where they will go tubing, dog sledding, and go on cultural trips to the local churches and museums. But, the trip is expensive and they could use some help making their dream come true.
In the true tradition of the Coughlin Clan, they’re gifted athletes, Liam and Logan Coughlin.
Outside of school, Liam enjoys playing street hockey and video games, watching television and doing his homework. His favorite actor is Adam Sandler, and his favorite professional athletes are Alexander Oveckin who plays for the Washington Capitals and Sydney Crosby who skates for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Liam’s favorite moment thus far in hockey is when he scored six goals against Dorchester in the 2006 Mayor’s Cup Hockey Finals held at Boston College. In baseball, Liam was the “MVP” of the Little League playoffs. He was the leadoff hitter and had the best average on the team. He also had a perfect hitting game in the playoffs, going four for four, and as his mom Heather stated, he stole a lot of bases.
Logan knows that he’s the wiser of the two, since he is 26 minutes older than his brother. Logan also keeps busy outside of the classroom, playing sports, video games, and watching television (yes, twins do the same things).
Logan also exercises all the time. He does push-ups, sit-ups, and ups and downs which is an exercise explicitly helpful for hockey goalies. His favorite movie star is Mark Wahlberg and his favorite athletes are New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur and Red Sox Superstar, David “Big Papi” Ortiz.
Logan is a solid goalie with a 2.53 goals against average per game. Logan will always remember having the winning put-out in the final game against the Fire Fighters in the Little League championships, as well as the winning catch in a Williamsport game against East Boston.
So far the twins are on the right track, and their mom and dad are proud of them.
“They are good kids,” said Heather. “They are doing well and working hard in school and keep out of trouble. We are very proud of them.”
(Writer’s Note: This upcoming February, the Coughlin twins hope to embark on a trip up north to participate in the highly-touted Quebec International Hockey Tournament. Talented and dedicated hockey players from North America and Europe participate in this event. It is a ten-day trip that also includes many activities outside of the rink. And, the twins could use your help. Any donations would be greater appreciated and could be sent to Liam and Logan Coughlin, 107 “F” Street, South Boston, Ma. 02127. Please make checks payable to: Boston Junior Bruins PeeWee Team)