With a drop of the puck last week, Dana Hall’s new ice rink was officially open for business. Located at the Boston Sports Institute in Wellesley—just 10 minutes from campus—a rink brandishing the School’s seal at center ice is the new home of the Dana Hall Ice Hockey program.
“The new rink creates an opportunity for our program to advance to the next level,” said Becky Kimball, director of Athletics, Health and Wellness. “The rink signifies Dana Hall’s commitment to academic and athletic excellence, and serves as a footprint for the commitment that the Dana Hall community has shown towards the advancement of our athletic programs. We are excited about the direction of Dana Hall Athletics and look forward to what the future holds.”
Previously, the Ice Hockey team held its practices at 6 a.m. in the St. Sebastian’s School rink in Needham. They did not have any home games; the Dragons were always the away team. The new agreement gives Dana Hall School seasonal locker room ownership, ice surface naming rights and facility advertisement. Most importantly, the team will be able to practice in the afternoon during the time set aside for all of Dana Hall’s athletic programs and host home games that are easily accessible for players, families and fans.
The new rink fulfills the aspirations of Dana Hall’s strategic plan—Vision 2025: Enriching and Extending the Dana Difference. By adding an ice rink to the available athletic facilities, the School is providing students with the space and place to be both competitive and collaborative, and making a statement the Dana Hall takes athletics seriously.
At the first home game on December 11, Head of School Katherine Bradley spoke briefly before dropping a ceremonial puck. The Dragons won the game, beating the Portsmouth Abbey Ravens and enjoying true home ice advantage.
"My favorite Dana Hall memory would be the first time I ever sang the Alma Mater with my fellow classmates. That was most definitely the first time I felt like I was truly a part of something. Joining hands with my future Silver Sisters made me truly feel like I was a Dana girl."