A mecca for any serious baseball fan. And for those not so serious. Afterall, it is the oldest and arguably most storied ballpark in America.
Opened in 1912, Fenway has played host to some of the most memorable baseball moments in history, including the "Impossible Dream" of 1967, Carlton Fisk's home run in 1975, and, of course, the 2004 and 2007 World Series wins, breaking an interminable 86-year drought!
Fenway Park. A mecca for hockey fans?
That's the trend. At least during the month of January!
Frozen Fenway is fast becoming a highly anticipated tradition for hockey players and fans alike. The opportunity to go to Fenway Park in the dead of winter and watch hockey is a once in a life time experience.
More than 200 LA students, faculty, staff, and alumni braved the sub-freezing temperatures on Wednesday to watch the boys' hockey team take on Thayer Academy. Instead of a sulty summer night, with the sound of an umpire calling balls and strikes and the familiar metallic thud of a fly ball hitting high off the Green Monster, fans were bundled up in winter coats, scarves, and hats, nursuing hot cocoa, and watching a terrific game between LA and TA, complete with the all too familiar thud of skaters hitting the boards.
Since 2010, the Boston Red Sox and Fenway Sports Management have brought hockey to Fenway in January, providing a unique experience for both players and fans. This year, Sun Life is the major sponsor behind the effort to include an opportunity for as many different levels of hockey to be played in such an unusual and historic setting.
Lawrence vs. Thayer
The game began at 6 p.m. and the two teams went scoreless in the first period.
That all changed--quickly--as the second period got underway. Twenty four seconds in, Devin Tringale scored for the LA Spartans. A minute later LA struck again with a goal from Will Messa and :25 after that, a third puck found the back of the net thanks to Conor Helfrich.
With the score quickly 3 - 0, Thayer pulled their goalie in an attempt to keep LA at bay. That stragegy worked for about 3 minutes before Devin Tringale struck again, scoring the fourth goal for LA off a pass from Tyler Whitney.
The Spartans added two additonal goals, one more in the second period, a shorthanded goal by Matt Baldino, and the sixth goal in the third by George Hunkele off of a pass from Devin Tringale.
Goalie Matt Heilbron had the shut out for the Spartans.
After the game, 60-70 alumni, parents, faculty, and friends gathered across the street at Boston Beer Works to celebrate the victory, share stories and reconnect with each other. It was a perfect ending to a perfect day.