Last December, a former Framingham high school hockey teammate texted me asking if I wanted to attend our old squad’s home-opening game. Since it was my first year after graduating from college and I was living in the area, I jumped at the chance. The last time I attended a home opener, I was on the ice.
Framingham was playing Pope Francis at Loring Arena. The place was packed with family, students and faculty, along with a healthy dose of washed-up former players (myself very much included).
The game was incredible. The atmosphere was even better. What really stuck out, however, were the feelings that rushed over me throughout the game.
I’m 23 and I can honestly say I’ve been really lucky. I’ve covered three NHL postseasons, including a Stanley Cup Final in 2019 for both CLNS Media and WEEI.com. I chronicled UMass hockey’s national championship run in 2021 for the Massachusetts Daily Collegian and got to cover the men’s Frozen Four this spring for NCAA.com. If you grabbed 12-year-old Evan by the shoulders and told him that he would’ve done even one of those things by age 23, he would’ve been floored.