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Youth Hockey league pushes councilors for hockey rink

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Leaders of the Braintree Youth Hockey league appeared at a Town Council meeting last week to urge Mayor Joseph Sullivan and councilors to move forward more quickly on a long-planned town hockey rink. The rapidly growing league currently spends about $500,000 each year renting ice time at four different rinks in nearby towns, league president Tom McDonough told officials. “I’d rather write a check to my own town rather than the four other towns I currently write checks to,” he said. Sullivan told the group he had received assurances that neighboring Randolph would not close its aging Joseph J. Zapustas Ice Arena this year, staving off for now the prospect of ice time shortages. Pleading for patience, Sullivan said Braintree is making progress in negotiations with a private developer to build a rink near Braintree High School but declined to give more details, saying that doing so could weaken the town’s bargaining leverage. “I’m with you,” he told the hockey leaders. “I commit to you tonight: We’ll get it done.”

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