The puck will unofficially drop on the high school hockey season today with the 2nd annual Garrett Reagan High School Hockey Summitt on the five sheets of ice at New England Sports Center in Marlborough.
Presented by the state hockey coaches association in cooperation with the MIAA, the event will feature 64 boys' and girls' teams from the across the state.
Each team will play in a mini-game (two 12-minute periods), participate in educational workshops and seminars and then take in a mid-afternoon stadium-style presentation in the 2,000-seat Rink 1 featuring an impressive list of guest speakers, including Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.
"We're very excited, and I think that we have a better grip on how to do this" after the inaugural event last year," said Waltham High coach John Maguire, the president of the state hockey coaches association. "We have a bunch of new teams, a bunch of returning teams, and there is more player-interactive opportunities."
The first of 32 mini-games will pit the Archbishop Williams girls vs. Springfield Cathedral, with an 11:30 faceoff on the Rink 2 sheet. The first matchup in Rink 1 features Garrett Reagan's former squad, the Hingham boys' vs. Billerica at 12:10.
"It's important to have Hingham be the lead game in the lead rink," said Maguire, of honoring the late Reagan, the 26-year coach at Hingham High who passed away in June 2008.
At 3, all in attendance are invited to listen to an array of hockey personalities from the region in Rink 1: UMass-Dartmouth coach John Rolli, Hockey East Commissioner Joe Bertagna, former U.S. Olympic women's hockey coach Ben Smith, noted strength and conditioning coach Mike Boyle, UMass-Amherst coach Don 'Toot' Cahoon, and Chiarelli. NESN color analyst Andy Brickley will emcee the event.
Participating teams will have an opportunity to win tickets to an upcoming American Hockey League game, in Lowell (Devils), Providence (Bruins), or Worcester (Sharks).
"We have a strong commitment from pro franchises and college coaches, which is representative of people in hockey, they are pretty giving," said NESC general manager Wes Tuttle. "To have a group like this together is awesome, and a pretty rare opportunity for a high school player.
Garrett Reagan Hockey Summit pairings
12:10 - Hingham vs. Billerica
1:10 - Waltham vs. BC High
2:10 - Westford vs. Burlington
4:30 - St. John's Shrewsbury vs. Archbishop Williams
5:30 - Diman vs. Newton South
6:30 - Franklin vs. Marlborough
11:30 - Archbishop Williams girls vs. Springfield Cathedral
12:30 - Falmouth girls vs. Notre Dame
1:30 - Chelmsford girls vs. Framingham
4:10 - Algonquin girls vs. Stoneham
5:10 - Arlington Catholic girls vs. Billerica
6:10 - Concord-Carlisle girls vs. Watertown
7:10 - Lincoln-Sudbury girls vs. Shrewsbury
12:00 - Dedham vs. Lincoln-Sudbury
1:00 - Falmouth vs. Acton-Boxboro
2:00 - Xaverian vs. Arlington Catholic
4:20 - Wellesley girls vs. Waltham
5:20 - Revere vs. North Quincy
6:20 - Latin Academy vs. Lowell Catholic
7:20 - Stoneham vs. Northeast Voke
11:40 - Duxbury vs. Malden Catholic
12:40 - Chelmsford vs. Newton North
1:40 - Braintree vs. Reading
4:30 - Plymouth North vs. Coyle Cassidy
5:30 - Watertown vs. Attleboro
6:30 - Auburn vs. Medway
11:50 - Marshfield vs. Framingham
12:50 - Peabody vs. Natick
1:50 - Newburyport vs. Springfield Cathedral
4:20 - Old Rochester vs. East Boston
5:20 - Dartmouth vs. Wachusett
6:20 - Medford vs. Walpole
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- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
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