A new season is about to begin. In a few weeks, players will be back on the ice to kick off the 2018-2019 campaign. We will be welcoming back many familiar faces after the busiest summer BIC has had since opening in 2008.
The Claddagh Fund hosted it's 3rd Annual Charity Hockey Tournament in May. The Claddagh Fund partners with many charitable organizations that range from pediatric cancer research to support for wounded Veterans and their families. This year's tournament featured two divisions, along with appearances from Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys and Legendary Boston Bruins Defenseman Bobby Orr.
BIC also proudly hosted the 3rd annual Cross-Check Cancer Women's Hockey Tournament. Thanks to many generous raffle & silent auction donations, and the hard work from several dedicated volunteers, over $10,000 was raised for Dana Farber Cancer Prevention research. The tournament itself grew from years past, as 15 teams competed throughout two divisions.
We welcomed back several skills programs this summer, including Elite Skills, High End Hockey, and Hill Hockey clinics. Goodrich Hockey School (run by North Shore Vipers Director Seth Goodrich) enjoyed growth from last summer, and had an excellent turn out for the Girl's Prep and College Exposure Showcases. GHS also held bi-weekly skates for 2 hours every Tuesday and Thursday night that allowed Vipers as well as players from other programs to continue their development throughout the summer months.
The Boston Jr. Rangers and Breakaway Total Hockey Training enjoy a successful summer with their Total Hockey Development program. With over thirty fully enrolled players, the program made great strides this summer. The program included a forty five minute workout followed by a 60 minute station based practice two times per week for 8 weeks. The program was run by Boston Jr. Rangers Head of Hockey Development Ryan Blair with assistance from professional, college and junior hockey players from the area. The high energy and detailed instruction proved to be very beneficial for players of all ages and abilities. Breakaway Total Hockey Training also ran a few different programs for small groups that saw athletes take a big step forward in their development.
We have made some improvements to our facility. The sinks in the men's restroom were replaced with a cleaner looking counter style setup (Women's room to be done in near future). Rink 1 was taken out for two weeks to replace and repaint the ice, and features a new logo at center ice. Player gates have been repaired and new game nets have been delivered. We are also preparing to begin a renovation of the restrooms and showers between locker rooms 1-4. The renovation will include brand new shower stalls, valves, etc. 2 new hot water tanks, and brand new insulated piping to feed the water into the team restrooms.
We are excited for this upcoming season. Thank you to everyone who participated in any clinics, tournaments, practices, etc. held at BIC over the past several months. Stay tuned for a new article soon previewing the upcoming seasons for the Boston Jr. Rangers and North Shore Vipers.