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Local hockey players to be spotlighted at Massena Arena

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MASSENA - Local athletes who went on to play college hockey will be recognized through a new initiative at the Massena Arena.

Recreation Superintendent Richard A. Boprey said he wants to create a slideshow presentation containing pictures and information about the athletes. He plans to display it using the television in the arena lobby.

Mr. Boprey said one wall at the arena previously had a frame with individual pictures of local athletes who had gone on to play Division 1 college hockey.

“I was instructed to take that down” because of the its age, he told Massena Joint Recreation Commission members during their monthly meeting.

Mr. Boprey suggested that, in its place, he could scan those photos as well as those from other local athletes who went on to play college hockey and display them in a digital picture frame that would be located near the television.

“There’s a USA Hockey poster there now,” he said.

The pictures would rotate on a regular basis to highlight the athletes.

“All of those pictures that were there can be scanned and put in. If there’s a picture and college name and years, we’ll put it up. You want to push education in general,” he said.

Mr. Boprey said he had shared his plan with Kirk Wilmshurst from the Massena Minor Hockey Association.

“He said maybe this was a good thing to do,” he said.

“It’s a nice acknowledgement that they’re on there. People will walk in the door and say, ‘Jeez, they’ve got quite a few guys who played college hockey,’” Mr. Boprey said.

The presentation could also include special messages or advertisements set to run at certain time segments, such as every half hour, he said.

Board members supported Mr. Boprey’s plan with some modification.

Martha Slack suggested that, rather than using a digital photo frame, the slideshow could be run from the main office and hooked up to the television, which Mr. Boprey said rarely gets any use. A similar system had been set up with a television in the Massena High School lobby, according to Mrs. Slack.

John J. Horan also suggested how much time could be devoted to the presentation.

“It can scroll for 15 minutes with a five-minute informational break,” he said.

Mrs. Slack said the idea would work much better than the frame that previously held the individual pictures and would allow them to add more as necessary.

“You can’t put 400 people on the wall,” she said.

Board members gave Mr. Boprey approval to move forward with the project during their meeting.

“It’s not expensive,” he said. “It’ll be a couple hundred bucks.”

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