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Walpole High girls hockey coach Joe Verderber was inducted into the Walpole High Hockey Hall of Fame during the Songin Winter Classic on December 26.
Verderber began his hockey career in Walpole, playing as a starter on the Rebels varsity team from 1985 to his graduation in 1988. While playing for the Rebels he set the all-time goal and assist record of 162 points. He was named an All-Star three years in a row, and picked up a Bay State League MVP and Senior Try-Captain award.
After graduating from Walpole High, he played as a starter on Brown University’s varsity team for four years, and helped carry the team to an Ivy League win in 1991.
When Verderber graduated from Brown, he began his coaching career in Florida, but soon moved back to Walpole where he served as the varsity ice hockey assistant coach for four years. After serving as Attleboro High’s head coach, he was named the Rebels ice hockey head coach in 2007.
“It’s a great honor, there are a lot of great people in the Hall of Fame,” Verderber said several days after being inducted.
Verderber noted he could not have done it without his fellow team members from his varsity days.