Saturday, October 14, 2006

Friends’ Lounge Dedicated

During last weekend’s exhibition game at Agganis Arena, the Friends of BU Hockey Lounge was dedicated. Jack Parker marked the occasion by presenting Friends’ sweaters to original members Hank Freniere and Bill Leary. The 80th birthday of Jodi Sidd, widow of another Friends founder, Al Sidd, also was celebrated. Former coach Jack Kelley organized the Friends of BU Hockey in the early 1960s to build alumni and fan support for the hockey program. The organization was instrumental in the fundraising for Walter Brown Arena and remains at the forefront of the BU hockey community. The current president of The Friends is Paul Giandomenico, a member of both the 1971 and 1972 NCAA championship teams.

Future plans for the lounge include adding several plaques detailing the mission and early history of the Friends, as well a photo wall that will make the room a veritable Who’s Who of the BU Hockey program.

The dedication ceremony was well attended and among the former players on hand was a contingent of Canadian alums, including Fred “The Bear” Bassi, Mark Fennie, and Darrell Abbott. Coach Kelley was unable to attend the event, but plans to visit HAA for several games this season.

A pre-game meal is regularly served in the lounge for members of The Friends and beverages are available for them between the periods and after the game. Click here for information on Friends of BU Hockey activities and membership details.

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