Athletics Hall of Fame

Mark Fayne '06

Class of 2016
Football, Hockey, Lacrosse

Mark Fayne was a varsity athlete in 8 of his 9 seasons at Nobles, earned All-ISL recognition in three sports, and was the recipient of the Nobles Shield. He would go on to play four years of Division I College Hockey for the Providence Friars before embarking on an NHL career that continues to this day. While Fayne is most often remembered for his remarkable abilities on the ice, his contributions to the Football and Lacrosse teams proved his raw athletic ability was not specialized. In all three sports, he was always at his best against the best opponents and proved to be a true team player when each team needed him the most.

While he was brand new to the game when he first joined the football team, Fayne would go on to establish himself as one of the best receivers in the ISL. Over a five game stretch in 2004, he pulled down 34 catches for 632 yards and 7 touchdowns. Coach Bob Moore remembers, “We looked to him as one who could make the big play in crucial situations, and he did.” In addition to playing both offense and defense, he terrorized opposing returners as a gunner on the punt team and blocked several extra points over the course of the season. He was the recipient of the E.T. Putnam award as the team’s MVP by a team vote.

In his three seasons with the Lacrosse team, Fayne was Nobles’ #1 defenseman, meaning he was responsible for covering the other team’s best offensive weapon. He relied on sound fundamentals and deceptive speed to frustrate and eliminate the opposing threat. His senior year, he stepped up to the midfield where he scored all of his 12 goals against opponents who would eventually finish in the top five in the standings. Those big-game performances were crucial to the two ISL titles the lacrosse program won during his junior and senior years.

Fayne was also part of two ISL champion hockey teams and was All-ISL both years. He was All-New England his senior year in hockey and was voted the ISL MVP. While he amassed 10 goals and 24 assists that season, Coach Brian Day contends, “Mark was just always in the right place at the right time. We counted on him in the biggest moments in the biggest games to get the job done.” Fayne went on to play four years for Providence College and made the All-Hockey East Rookie Team as a freshman. Upon graduation, he entered the New Jersey Devils organization where he played only 16 games for their AHL affiliate in Albany before being called up to the NHL. He played five seasons for the Devils highlighted by their Stanley Cup finalist run in the 2011-2012 season where Fayne finished 5th on the team in time-on-ice. He is currently a top line defenseman for the Edmonton Oilers.

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2016 Hall of Fame Mark Fayne '06