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Long-lost Don Bosco championship ring back in the right hands

Mark McHale’s   championship ring was stolen.
Mark McHale’s championship ring was stolen.

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When Mark McHale looks at the gleaming ring on his finger, he marvels at where it’s been.

This isn’t just any ring. It’s a prized trophy from his coaching days at Don Bosco Technical High School, where he helped lead the hockey team to the Division 1 state title nearly 25 years ago.

One day in 2008, McHale’s home in Dorchester was broken into. Burglars rifled through his things and took whatever they wanted, including his beloved ring, which was engraved with his name, crossed hockey sticks, and Don Bosco’s bear mascot. McHale never expected to see it again.

But thanks to two eagle-eyed Boston police officers, he was wrong.

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