Prep school hockey has benefits well beyond just moving up the hockey ladder. Look no further than Woburn, Mass., native Dan Ronan as living proof.
Ronan came from a blue-collar family and wanted to play at Belmont Hill for the hockey aspect, but he is still reaping the rewards of his experience at the prestigious all-boys prep school, despite his playing days being in the rearview mirror.
“For me, I grew up in Woburn. My dad was a carpenter who didn’t go to college. It was as much about hockey as it was education. At the time I didn’t realize all the benefits of going to a place like Belmont Hill,” said Ronan.
After starring at Belmont Hill and graduating in 1994, he went on to a successful college career at Boston University, playing for the legendary Jack Parker (Somerville, Mass.). The Terriers won a Hockey East championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament three times, including two appearances in the Frozen Four during his tenure on Commonwealth Ave.