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Fenway Park ice getting a workout

I try and read every story in the paper, if only because you might learn a little something. Take today’s high school roundup, for instance.

Everybody knows by now that the Bruins and Flyers will play the NHL’s Winter Classic at Fenway Park on Jan. 1. But that’s only the tip of the – ahem – iceberg.

Globe correspondent Seth Lakso writes that Belmont Hill and St. Sebastian raised $20,000 to play a game on the hockey rink at Fenway on Jan. 5. They did it by selling tickets to alumni, family, students and faculty.

Yesterday, the first official game was played on the Fenway ice as Avon Old Farms beat Taft. Two parents ponied up $30,000 for the ice time. Later in the day, two teams from the New England Senior Hockey League played.

BC and BU are playing on Jan. 8. The Northeastern and UNH women will play earlier that day. The City of Boston also reserved the ice for public skates and handed out tickets at various community centers.

We can debate forever how best to assemble a baseball team. But there is no arguing what a good job the Sox have done improving Fenway and making it a destination for people all year long. That so many people will bundle up to watch hockey games on the infield over the next few weeks is a terrific thing.

They should have Christmas Card Day next fall. Charge people a $100 donation to the Jimmy Fund to pose their kids in front of The Wall for their Christmas card photos. You know 5,000 families would show up.


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