Celebrating BPD’s Hockey History with Eighteen Calls to the BPD Hockey Hall of Fame
On Saturday, November 11, 2012, members of the Boston Police Department took to the ice at the Walter Brown Arena on the campus of Boston University to honor several past and present day members of the department by inducting them into the newly created and 1st inaugural Boston Police Department Hockey Hall of Fame. Eighteen former players were inducted into the Hall of Fame. Said Team General Manager Gerard McHale, “Selecting and inducting players into a hall of fame is never an easy task, especially, when you have so many talented and dedicated players to choose from. We started out with a list of six players and, by the time all was said and done, the list of inductees had grown to eighteen. These are the guys who started the program. These are the guys who set the bar and we’ve been doing our best to raise it every year since. And, let me just say, even though we picked eighteen players this year, truth be told, we very easily could’ve added another ten. So, to those who didn’t make it in this year, let me remind folks, next year is a new year and the selection committee has already begun putting the finishing touches to the 2nd class of inductees into the BPD Hockey Hall of Fame.”
Players inducted into the inaugural class include: Richie Ross, Paul Sullivan, John Ryle, Kevin Buckley, Coach Elliot Feldman, Bernard O’Rourke, Mitch McCormick, Bobby & Billy Dwan, Eddie & Joe Gillepsie, Jay Moccia, Goalie Bobby Cuddyer, Stephen McManus, Patrick Cullity, Bobby Clarke, Chris Shoulla and Sean Feeney.
Said long-time Coach Elliot Feldman, “It has been an absolute pleasure and privilege to be affiliated with the Boston Police Hockey team. Being inducted in the BPD Hall of Fame is a tremendous honor and, while I’m certainly grateful for it, I am even more grateful for the friendships formed and relationships made over the years as a result of my involvement with a great program and an even greater bunch of guys.”
Special thanks and kudos to General Manager Gerard McHale, Head Coach Mark McHale and Tracy McHale for piecing together and planning this year’s ceremony.