Tabor girls hockey added some hardware to its growing trophy case last month with its fourth player in program history — third under current coach Eric Long — taking home the John Carlton Award.

Senior center Kelly Browne was presented the award by the Boston Bruins, who each year give the award to the top boys and girls hockey players in Eastern Massachusetts. The Carlton Award, presented for the 20th time this season, is named in honor of the late Bruins scout and administrator, who passed away in 1982.

“I was hoping to be in the running for it, there was a girl at Tabor who won it a few years ago, so I was hoping to follow in her footsteps and hopefully win it this year,” said Browne, who hails from Burlington. “But I had no idea that I was even being considered for it. So I was excited when I got the call and I found out I’d won it.”

The last member of the Seawolves to with win the award, who Browne was alluding to, was Sammy Davis (2015). She’s now a junior at Boston University. The other player to win the award under Long was Kelly Foley (’08).

Long couldn’t say for sure which of the three girls were the best to play under him, given how the girls’ game has changed a fair amount since Foley played, and Davis has gone on to have significant success at Boston University. Though he did express that he sees a bit of both Foley and Davis in Browne.

“As the game has grown, the numbers have grown and the quality of players has improved in my 11 years — which is incredible how much it’s grown, the kids are so good now, she is a combination of the last two award-winners,” Long said. “Foley understood and was so strong at making plays. She wasn’t a natural goal scorer, but she could do everything really well and could play the whole game effortlessly. Davis was physically just a superior athlete to the other kids. She was a smart hockey player and a good hockey player, but her skill set was so strong that she could dominate.

“(Browne) is a combination of those two kids. Her skill set is incredible, but her vision and her ability to understand the game and see things kids can’t is above everybody else. She’s got a mold of those two high-end qualities that made those kids winners and she brought them into one."

Long has long been impressed with Browne's work ethic in practices and the tenacity she brings to games.

“She’s been our best player for all three years she’s been here," he said. "More than that, more than being the leading scorer and being the best player, she just sets the example for the other kids. She’s the hardest worker. She’s the first one on the ice, last once off the ice. In any game she’s out there to win. Whether that’s blocking shots or killing penalties, she does everything."

Browne was also selected as the Independent Schools League MVP and the New England Preparatory School Athletic School Athletic Council MVP after scoring 27 goals, logging 13 assists and totaling 40 points over Tabor’s 22-game season. She finished her three-year career at Tabor with 82 goals, 50 assists and 132 points.

“It was a great three years, I am definitely happy with my decision to go to Tabor as a new sophomore,” Browne said. “I wouldn’t change anything. I had the best three years there and I’m sad that it’s ending.”

Additionally, she was a member of the gold medal-winning USA Women’s U18 team in Moscow Russia. All this serves as preparation for the next step in her career, playing for Boston College.

“I’m definitely nervous for next year,” Browne said. “It’s a new beginning, a bunch of great players so it’s definitely going to be interesting. Every day is definitely going to be a battle fight for a spot. So I’m excited for that, but also pretty nervous to start, too.”

Browne has a few months before she has to concern herself with what’s going to happen in her time with the Eagles. For now she has a night of spending time with television personalities and Bruins brass at the TD Garden to reminisce about.

“It was unbelievable,” Browne said. “We got to meet (Bruins General Manager) Don Sweeney and he presented us with the award. We had dinner before that, then the presentation. Then, in between first and second period we got to do an interview on NESN with Dale Arnold, which was pretty cool. Once in a lifetime.”

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