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45th Anniversary Flashbacks

Medford Recreational Hockey Association - Celebrating Our 40th Anniversary - 1975-76 to 2020-21 !!

MEDFORD, MA - It was the summer of 1975 when representatives from the three youth hockey programs that served the children of Medford met to discuss the possibility of merging all three programs together.

Medford Youth Hockey was a "Travel Team Hockey Program" that skated teams at various age levels.
North Medford Youth Hockey also was a "Travel Team Hockey Program" that skated teams at various age levels.
West Medford-Hillside Youth Hockey was an "In-House~Intramural Team Hockey Program that skated multiple teams at various levels and played only in Medford against other In-House~Intramural Medford Teams.

That all changed when an agreement was reached and all three programs officially merged to form the Medford Recreational Hockey Association. 

FLASHBACK #1 - In just 5-years after the 1975 merger, the Medford PeeWee-A's captured the 1980 Massachusetts PeeWee A State Championship. Over the next 35-years, Medford youth hockey teams would capture a total of (31) Massachusetts Youth State Championships and (3) Massachusetts Girl's State Championships.

FLASHBACK #2 - In 1996 Medford Youth Hockey made state tournament history when the Medford PeeWee-C1's defeated the Medford PeeWee-C2's to capture the Tier IV State Championship, the first time (2) teams from the same city/town program would meet in a championship final game. Then again in 2001, the Medford PeeWee-C2's upset the Medford PeeWee-C1's to capture the Tier IV State Championship and repeat state championship history with (2) teams from the same city/town program meeting in a state championship final game.

FLASHBACK #3 - What began in 1975 in a football and baseball rich Medford sports community, Medford Youth Hockey players began the climb and put Medford, MA on the hockey sports map !!
From 1981 to 1998 (8) Medford Youth Hockey graduates were drafted by the National Hockey League in their Amateur Drafts.
1981 George Boudreau - Boston College - Medford, MA (Calgary Flames)
1982 John Shumski - RPI - Medford, MA (St. Louis Blues)
1986 Steve Brennan - Clarkson - Medford, MA (Toronto Maple Leafs)
1987 Joe Sacco - Boston University - Medford, MA  (Toronto Maple Leafs)
1988 Dave Sacco - Boston University - Medford, MA  (Toronto Maple Leafs)
1990 Keith Tkachuk - Boston University - Medford, MA  (Winnipeg Jets)
1993 Shawn Bates - Boston University - Medford, MA  (Boston Bruins)
1998 Mike Morrison - University of Maine - Medford, MA  (Edmonton Oilers)  
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