Weymouth: Town Celebrates Re-Opening of Connell Rink and Pool

Bruins forward Charlie Coyle with 12-year-old Sean and 17-year-old Michael Happel of Weymouth. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Bruins forward Charlie Coyle with 12-year-old Sean and 17-year-old Michael Happel of Weymouth. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

 

Public officials, National Hockey League players, and about a hundred Weymouth residents gathered at Connell Rink and Pool for the grand-re opening.

The town will be taking over management and operations from the state DCR.

Mayor Robert Hedlund says the town saw this is as an opportunity to maximize hours and increase programming for town users. 

“Some of the Weymouth programs have been kind of frozen out of here and have had to go to other rinks quite a distance away so part of what was a motivating factor for us was the fact that we can prioritize ice time for Weymouth user groups,” said Hedlund.

He said town made sure there were safeguards with capital and equipment before taking over management.

Boston Bruins forward Charlie Coyle got his start playing youth hockey at Connell Rink. He says it’s exciting to see other kids be able to start their journeys there.

“Even when I was playing Mite-A’s, my dad was my coach. We won the championship in our league. I think there’s still a banner down there of our team,” said Coyle. “That’s one of the things, even as far as I’ve gotten, playing in the NHL, that’s a memory we always talk about. Me and my friends from here, guys I played with. You never forget that stuff, playing with those guys. To get a banner like that and come to your home rink and see it all the time – that’s really cool.”

On the rink side, NHL jerseys from Weymouth natives were hung from the rafters.

Bruins forward Charlie Coyle with the Strong family from Middleboro. From left: 12-year-old Paige, 15-year-old Brady, 19-year-old Colby, and Cindy Strong. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Bruins forward Charlie Coyle with the Strong family from Middleboro. From left: 12-year-old Paige, 15-year-old Brady, 19-year-old Colby, and Cindy Strong. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

About 100 people attended the re-opening of the Connell Rink. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

About 100 people attended the re-opening of the Connell Rink. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Bruins forward Charlie Coyle with town officials and Weymouth residents. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

Bruins forward Charlie Coyle with town officials and Weymouth residents. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at Lenny.Rowe30@Gmail.com.