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Derek Sanderson, Bruins Legend Book Signing in Framingham

March 14, 2013 (5:19 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: Around Town,Sports

[book cover] Derek Sanderson: Crossing the Line

Derek Sanderson's "Crossing the Line", autobiography of Boston Bruins legend -- "The outrageous story of a hockey original"

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Boston Bruins fans will have the opportunity to meet two-time Stanley Cup champion Derek Sanderson at a book signing he will conduct in Framingham on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 from 11:00am 'til 1:00pm at The Paper Store, located in Shopper's World, 1 Worcester Rd, (Route 9), Framingham, MA.

Sanderson will be signing copies of his new book "Crossing the Line:  The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original".

The book is an autobiography of one of hockey’s first rebels and a beloved member of the "Big Bad Bruins," this book shares how Derek Sanderson’s ferocious style helped lead the team to two Stanley Cup victories in the early 1970s.

Living life in the fast lane, Sanderson grew his hair long, developed a serious drinking problem, and eventually found himself out of the league and prowling the streets for his next drink.

In Crossing the Line, Sanderson comes clean on his life in hockey, the demons that threatened to consume him, and the strength and courage it took to fight his way back. Today a successful entrepreneur and speaker, Sanderson’s incredible story is a must read for any fan of hockey.

(Editor's note: It was local folklore that in the 1970's, the round concrete house high-up on the westbound side of Edmand's Road just after Carter Drive was being built for Sanderson -- and that due to his financial downfall he never lived in the house... maybe someone will ask him about this...)

Derek Sanderson Rumored to Have Concrete House Built in Framingham in 1970's

This round concrete house was built in the 1970's. The local rumor at the time was that the house was being built for Derek Sanderson. (Photo courtesy Google Maps/StreetView,


WAAF "Rises Up Against Hunger" December 4th - 6th, 2012

December 3, 2012 (5:22 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: Around Town
WAAF - Boston Radio 97.7 / 107.3

97.7 / 107.3 WAAF Radio Personalities "LB" and "SPAZ" to pole-sit for 3 days on Rt. 9 in Framingham to raise money for area food banks!

FRAMINGHAM, MA - 97.7/107.3 WAAF hosts an inaugural event, "WAAF's Rise Up Against Hunger", from Tuesday, December 4th to Thursday, December 6th, 2012.

For three days, WAAF on-air personalities LB and Spaz will rise up on boom cranes, where they will live on a platform suspended high in the sky for three full days in an effort to raise funds for The Greater Boston, Worcester County and New Hampshire Food Banks. For the past 20 years, the station's personalities had enlisted themselves in various physically challenging stunts in an effort to engage listeners to support area food banks.

WAAF's on-air personalities literally "rise up" to live suspended by cranes for three days to raise funds for local food banks

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on December 4, LB will "rise up" in a boom crane ...[read more]

Framingham Youth Hockey & Stanley Cup at Loring Arena

October 16, 2011 (6:17 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: Sports

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Saturday, October 15th, 2011, kids enrolled in the Framingham Youth Hockey Program lined up outside Loring Arena in Framingham for what may be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Kids from the Framingham Youth hockey Program line up outside Loring Arena waiting for their turn to see the Stanley Cup, October 15, 2011.

Kids from the Framingham Youth Hockey Program line up patiently outside Loring Arena, Saturday, October 15, 2011. (Photo courtesy of and Copyright ©2011 Wayne Dion)

Mike Bolt, official ''cup keeper'' from the Hockey Hall of Fame carries the Stanley Cup into Loring Arena, Framingham, MA (October 15, 2011)

Mike Bolt, official ''cup keeper'' from the Hockey Hall of Fame carries the Stanley Cup into Loring Arena, Framingham, MA on October 15, 2011.

The crowd was waiting for Mike Bolt, a "cup keeper" from the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada to arrive at the local ice rink -- "the cup" that Holt keeps is none other than Lord Stanley's Cup -- the coveted trophy the Boston Bruins brought home after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in the 2011 NHL Championship playoffs.

At 6:30pm, under police escort, Bolt arrived with the Stanley Cup protected in its travel case. With white gloves on, Bolt removed the cup and carried it in to the arena.

(NOTE: You can click on any photo on this page to enlarge and view all as a slideshow).

Framingham Youth Hockey Peewee ''A'' Team with coaches Phil Idelson (left), Joe MacIness (center, back), and Charlie Stefanini (right), were lucky enough to be on the ice when the cup arrived at Loring Arena.

Framingham Youth Hockey Peewee ''A'' Team with Coach Joel Idelson (left), Head Coach Joe MacInnis (center, back), and Coach Charlie Stefanini (right), were lucky enough to be on the ice when the cup arrived at Loring Arena. (Photo courtesy of and Copyright ©2011 Wayne Dion)

Inside Loring Arena, Joel Idelson, (President of Framingham Youth Hockey, and one of the four coaches of the Peewee "A" Team his son plays on), along with Head Coach Joe MacInnis and Coach Charlie Stefanini were on the ice with their team.

Bolt took the cup out onto the ice and the Peewee "A" Team got in on a photo opportunity any young hockey player would trade their shin gaurds for.

Each FYH team has four coaches, and unfortunately for Coach Carl Smith -- he missed being in the shot.

According to Idelson, the night was planned as a special event -- something extra for the kids to remember. All players on a FHYP team roster were invited to come down to Loring and have their pictures taken with the cup -- and hopefully have some of the cup's magic rub off on them.

Coach Scott Penrod and his FYHP Squirt ''C2'' Team pose with the Stanley Cup at Loring Arena in Framingham, October 15, 2011.

Coach Scott Penrod (right) and his FYHP Squirt ''C2'' Team pose with the Stanley Cup at Loring Arena in Framingham, October 15, 2011. (Photo courtesy of and Copyright ©2011 Wayne Dion)

Idelson wanted to thank Coach Scott Penrod, (of the FYHP Squirt "C2" Team), who made the event possible -- he was the one that made contact with Mike Bolt and arranged to get the Stanley Cup to Framingham.

Saturday night was actually the second time the Stanley Cup visited Framingham this year...

Last month, (on September 2, 2011), we reported that Charlie Jacobs, Founder and Chairman of the Boston Bruins Foundation had brought the cup to St. Patricks Manor to honor Desire "Dave" Caissie, a St. Pats resident who at the age of 104 is likely the Oldest Living, Longest Continuous Boston Bruins Fan.

Another bit of little known Stanley Cup trivia that even hardcore Framingham hockey fans might not know -- the name of one former Framingham Flyer is engraved on the cup!

Peter Taglianetti who played for the Framingham South High Flyers Hockey team, (class of 1981), was a member of, and played in 44 regular season games with the 1991-1992 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins -- although he couldn't lace up for the playoffs (due to injuries) his name appears on the Stanley Cup.

Along with the FYHP players and their families, several town officials were invited to attend and have their photos taken with the cup. Bob Merusi and his staff from the Framingham Park & Recreation Department, Ray Riva and his crew who operate the Loring Skate Shop & Concession, Town Manager Julian Suso, Selectmen Laurie Lee and Jason Smith, and other town officials and employees came to see the cup and be part of the FYHP special event.

Did we say ''waiting patiently'' ?

Did we say ''waiting patiently'' ?

Lord Stanley's Cup

The Stanley Cup

Yeah -- we're excited!

Yeah -- we're excited!

Bobby Drake, Loring Skate Shop

Bobby Drake, Skate Shop

Framingham Park & Rec.Staff

Framingham Park & Rec.Staff

Loring Skate Shop

Loring Skate Shop crew.

(Above photos courtesy of and Copyright ©2011 Wayne Dion.

Idelson also commented that unlike other sports organizations that run fundraisers, sell candy, and are continually asking for donations -- Framingham Youth Hockey Program only runs one fundraising event each year -- a golf tournament held in the fall.

This year, the 17th Annual Framingham Youth Hockey Golf Tournament will be held Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Charter Oak Country Club in Hudson. Fee to enter the tournament is $185/person and includes: Golf, Box Lunch, Cart, Dinner after golf is completed, a Silent Auction, Live Auction and Raffle Drawings.  Those not golfing are welcome to attend the dinner and auctions, (cost is $50/person).  Registration Form, Sponsorship Form, and other information can be found on the FYHP website at:, or by contacting Leigh McLellan by email at:


Loring Arena is owned by the Town of Framingham and operated by the Framingham Park & Recreation Department. In addition to being the "home ice" of the Framingham Youth Hockey Jr. Flyers, Framingham Public School's Hockey Teams, Framingham State University Hockey, the Bay Path Figure Skating Club, and several other groups, Loring is open many times each week during the winter season for Public Ice Skating.

Loring Arena is located at 165 Fountain Street, Framingham, MA. There is a recorded information line at (508) 532-5950 that can be called for public ice skating times and information, league and game info, cancellations or to speak to someone in the main office.


Bruins Honor Oldest Fan at St. Patricks Manor

September 13, 2011 (10:42 pm EST)
by Randy Harris
Filed under: Around Town
Bruce and Desire "Dave" Caissie with Stanley Cup at St. Partick's Manor (September 2, 2011)

Bruce Caissie and his grandfather, Desire "Dave" Caissie (age 104) with The Stanley Cup at St. Partick's Manor (September 2, 2011)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - True Boston Bruins fans and trivia nuts might know the name Charlie Jacobs, but chances are many fans don't.

Charlie is a total sports guy -- a Board Member of the New England Sports Network, (NESN), and a Board Member and Past President & CEO of Total Media Group, but Charlie's favorite job is being the Founder and Chairman of the Boston Bruins Foundation, the charitable community involvement arm of his family's business -- you see, Charlie's dad is Jeremy Jacobs, Chairman & CEO of Delaware North Corporation and owner of the Boston Bruins.

When Charlie heard about Desire "Dave" Caissie, a 104 year old resident at St. Patrick's Manor in Framingham, he snuck in a little side-trip to St. Pat's on ...[read more]

Bruins Tickets Raffle to Support Framingham Boy's Battle with Cancer

May 31, 2011 (1:02 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: Around Town

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Tramiris Anthony is a 9 year old boy from Framingham, MA. He has always been a healthy, happy and athletic child, enjoying sports, videogames and, of course, playing with his friends.

In early April, just three months after his ninth birthday, Tramiris wasn't feeling well -- he awoke one night with severe dizziness and vomiting, symptoms which continued over the next few days.

Doctors suspected a virus, but when his nausea persisted over the following weeks he was ordered to undergo an MRI, revealing a tumor in his cerebellum.

After surgery at Children's Hospital in ...[read more]