NEW YORK – The Boston Bruins®, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the National Hockey League, alongside League partners Constellation, Bridgestone, Ecore, Exelon, Franklin Sports, and Musco, unveiled a renovated street hockey rink in Charlestown, Mass. as part of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® Legacy Initiative powered by Constellation.
"Through the Winter Classic Legacy Initiative, the National Hockey League family, including our teams and business partners, provides young people in the host community the resources with which to learn the value of team sports while staying active and having fun," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We're thankful to the Bruins, the city of Boston and our partners in this project for the generous support that will ensure an everlasting spirit of hockey in celebration of the 2016 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic."
"I'm heartened that a sport so rooted in history and tradition can offer new and exciting ways to cultivate and engage with our future players and fans, and this rink is a great example," said Jeremy M. Jacobs, Owner & Governor, Boston Bruins. "Bryan McGonagle loved hockey as much as this city loves hockey, and we look forward to many games played in his memory right here in Charlestown."
The renovated Bryan McGonagle Street Hockey Rink is named after a nine-year-old Charlestown hockey player who died in a tragic accident more than 20-years ago. The McGonagle family was on-site to help drop the puck for the first-ever game played on the outdoor street hockey rink. Cam Neely, alumnus and President of the Boston Bruins; Bob Sweeney, alumnus and Executive Director of the Boston Bruins Foundation; and Tom Songin, alumnus and Youth Hockey Ambassador, were on-site to unveil the new community street hockey rink with local youngsters from the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club.
"We're proud to team up with the NHL and the Bruins to present this state-of-the-art street hockey rink to the youth of Boston," Mayor Walsh said. "The renovations to this facility will inspire our city's future hockey stars and provide a fitting tribute to the memory of Bryan McGonagle."
The Bruins, the city of Boston, the NHL® and its partners came together to donate funds towards the renovation and construction of new elements to the outdoor rink – now ADA accessible – including: a new scoreboard, rink boards, team benches, and spectator seating; new goalie nets with 10 sets of new street hockey equipment; new rubber matting surrounding the rink made of recycled Bridgestone tires, removing approximately 120 spent tires from the waste stream and redirecting them into a sustainable, long-term use; and landscaping enhancements including newly planted trees. Constellation, the League's official energy services provider, facilitated the installation of new light poles and LED lighting fixtures that will allow the community to use the rink in the evenings.
The Legacy Initiative is an ongoing philanthropic endeavor in which the League, the local Club, and League partners support community organizations in the host city of an NHL Event.