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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.


Downtown Framingham Traffic About to Get a Little Worse

May 16, 2011 (10:13 pm EST)
by News Staff
Filed under: General Interest
Map of Fountain St. bridge replacement work area in Framingham, MA

The Fountain St. bridge is frequently used to avoid Downtown Framingham and navigate to and from the Merloni Baseball Complex, Loring Arena, Keefe Tech, Fountain Street Galleries, (and other businesses located in the former Bancroft Cap factory), and the surrounding area. Map courtesy of Google Map,

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Long recognized as one of the worst things about Downtown Framingham, traffic along the Rt. 126 corridor through the Rt. 135 intersection and rail crossing is about to get even worse -- temporarily.

Construction is slated to begin June 23, 2011 to replace the Fountain St. bridge which some motorists use as an alternate route to avoid the traffic choked Downtown central district.

MassDOT and its contractor estimate the project will take 97 days and, baring any unforeseen circumstances, the projected bridge re-opening date is set for September 27th, (2011).

The $2.3 million dollar state and federally funded project includes ...[read more]

Danny O'Connor Boxing Match Cancelled

November 2, 2010 (4:29 pm EST)
by Randy Harris
Filed under: General Interest
Framingham boxing match cancelled.

Homecoming boxing match canceled.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - A boxing exhibition featuring Framingham native champion boxer Danny O'Connor has been canceled. Citing difficulties in obtaining the necessary permits to hold the match in Nevins Hall, the bout has been rescheduled to Nov. 20th and moved to the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT.

O'Connor who grew up in Saxonville and wrestled at Framingham High has already racked up an impressive professional boxing record.  Among other titles he was a 2008 National Golden Gloves Champion, 2008 US Future Stars National Champion, and a 2008 Alternate US Olympic Boxing Team member.  O'Connor is undefeated in his professional boxing career.

According to a press release from Warriors Boxing promoter Leon Margules the match featuring O'Connor which was billed as "The Homecoming", was canceled due to what he describes as [Framingham's] "bizarre bureaucracy".

In the press release Margules claims; "representations were made to me by town officials that I would be able to sell ...[read more]