By William Tauro
Somerville hockey parents are furious over Mayor Joseph Curtatone’s decisions regarding the Somerville High School Hockey team
Curtatone has allowed the Boston Imperials Hockey Academy at Matignon High School to begin using the Veterans Memorial Ice-Skating Rink on Somerville Avenue as their “home ice rink” as they already have it listed on their own Boston Imperials Hockey website.
Because of the mayor’s permission given to Boston Imperials Hockey to use the Somerville Veterans Rink, the Somerville High School Hockey as well as for the Somerville Youth Hockey League student teams are now forced to use the smaller rink on Somerville Avenue. The two Somerville Hockey Leagues are now left with a youth hockey 99% of their ice in the small rink. The High School hockey team goes on 2 hours later, being moved from 3:30-5:30 to 5:30-7:30.Because of this later time slot, it now pushes the two Somerville Hockey ice time much later into their school nights. By the time the Somerville students are done using the ice it will probably be 8:30-9:00pm before they are able to return home to eat their supper, get their homework done and tucked in the bed for the next school day.
Some parents have great concerns the Mayor Curtatone may even be considering to privatize or even dissolving the Somerville Hockey leagues all together.
I’m which the Mayor has asked both youth hockey and high school hockey to co-op to other cities.
There is even talk that the mayor is also allowing the other leagues to use the weight room training facilities as well and he may be also adding a second weight training room facility for their convenience as well.
The Boston Imperials have hired Matignon alumni and former Boston Bruin Shawn McEachern to coach their U16 team.
Read the Boston Globe article below regarding the team:
Shawn McEachern making a return skate to Matignon – The Boston Globe