History of Hockeytown
Abbott, a non skater, was a refrigeration mechanic specializing in truck & yacht installations & repairs. While driving his sons and neighborhood kids to Frost Arena and Lynn Arena to skate well after midnight, he realized the need for an additional artificial ice arena, as the abundant natural ice in the area was limited to a short winter season.
In 1965 Abbott put together
a business plan to present to some prominent local business men in an
attempt to raise the capital to purchase an existing MBTA bus terminal
in Franklin Square in
Hockeytown was renting ice around the clock on weekends and Abbott decided to add an additional ice surface in the empty space. The ¾ size sheet of ice was built around four concrete poles that supported the arena above. With both ice surfaces fully rented, Abbott began expansion plans to satisfy the local need for more ice.
In 1971 expansion plans
began when a site was secured on a vacant lot on Route One in
A rink expansion era began with the success of Bobby Orr and the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup championships in 1970 & 72. The over building and energy crisis left many local new rinks without enough customers to sustain their burgeoning budgets. The Melrose Hockeytown was one of many casualties of the excesses of ice rinks, closing its doors in 1978. The private rink industry was in a contraction mode, due largely to the competition from tax subsidized facilities.
Abbott’s son Larry was now
In 1995 using the dasher
boards from the old
Indoor soccer, flag football, box lacrosse and wiffleball were also added to list of activities on the two non-ice surfaces.
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