Gloucester’s Joseph “Skip” Arvilla has finally gotten his due.
The former Gloucester High School hockey great, who died in a car accident in 1971, was posthumously inducted into the Salem State University Hall of Fame recently.
It’s easy to see why Arvilla was inducted to the school’s Hall of Fame after taking a lot at his numbers during his four year stint at Salem State.
Arvilla finished his four year career with 165 points, one of just six players in Salem State history to surpass the 150 point mark. If that weren’t impressive enough, Arvilla achieved 165 points in an era where the team played just 15 games a season, the Vikings will play 25 regular season games in the 2012-2013 season.
The Gloucester native led the Vikings in scoring in each of his four years at the school and to this day still holds the school’s single season goal scoring record.
Arvilla went on to become a teacher at Billerica High School and coached the hockey team there until his untimely death in 1971.
He was also a standout and Hall of Fame inductee at Gloucester High School captaining the 1962 team to an unbeaten season and a North Shore League title in the days where there was only one division for high school hockey in the entire state. Arvilla was also a state all star in 1962.
Since 1972 the Gloucester High School hockey team presents two trophies each year in Arvilla’s name to a player on the team, one for scoring and one for heart and determination.
Arvilla’s mother, Evelyn Arvilla, still attends the banquet each year to present the trophies to its recipients.