On New Year’s Eve, the Boston Police Department’s hockey team had a five-goal surge in a span of six minutes to unwrap a 9-2 victory over the Philadelphia Police Department in the Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia.
The classic, which was free to the public, was also a benefit to support fallen firefighters and police officers through the Fraternal Order of Police Survivor’s Fund and The Police Foundation. The FOP and foundation took donations during the game.
“It’s a great cause," Boston Police squad coach Mark McHale said. "Hockey itself has been a big part of my life and it’s been a part of these players’ lives. The force itself is a big backer of the Boston Police hockey team.”
Leading Boston in scoring was St. Lawrence University alumnus Charlie Daniels and Boston College alumnus Cliff McHale with two goals apiece.
In last year’s matchup at Fenway Park, the Boston Police squad won 10-2.
“It was a classic day all around and a great tribute to be there,” McHale said.
The Boston Police lineup consisted of college alum Jeff Connolly (Boston College), Brendan Walsh (Maine), Jerry Cahill (UMass-Amherst), Frank St. Peter (Suffolk), Garvin McHale (Curry), Terry Long (Trinity) and Boston Police deputy superintendent Darren Greeley. Pro athlete Chris O’Sullivan, who played with the Calgary Flames, and team captain Chris Cunniff, son of the late John Cunniff (1987-88 assistant Boston Bruins coach) also participated.
Following up on the action, the BPD hockey team will play the Boston Fire Department at Fenway Park on Wednesday.
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