WEST NEWBURY — The Govenor’s Academy girls hockey team will play St. Paul’s Academy at Fenway Park today as part of the Frozen Fenway series.
Adding to the nostalgia of playing on a rink created within the legendary ballpark, 93 Governor’s Academy students have chosen to make the trip in support of their team. All-around, head coach Babe Ceglarski knows that this will be an experience that his team won’t soon forget.
“To have almost 100 kids leave school knowing it’ll be cold is just awesome,” Ceglarski said. “It’s the nature of this school. We have about 400 kids, and at least 100 of them will be doing something else with their own practices or games or whatever else, so for all those other kids to give up their free time to watch us play is exciting. It’s a good community in that regard.”
Because of the importance of this game and the excitement it has generated around campus, athletic director Roberta McLain worked to alter the academic schedule to allow for students to make the trip in support for the 1:30 game.
“It’s the first time our boys and girls teams will play at Fenway,” McLain said. “The Frozen Fenway series happens every other year, and this is the third or fourth time it has happened. It’s a tough time slot because the game is in the middle of the day, but we moved our academic schedule around a little bit for the 93 students who are going to watch.”
Of the Independent School League’s 13 girls hockey teams, just two were selected to play at Fenway.
“Basically what happened is Fenway decides which ISL teams they want to compete,” McLain said. “They always have one girls game and three boys games, and we were fortunate enough to be invited to the girls game.”