Frosty finish: Lynnfield natives win annual hockey match in Alaska
Evan Hammersley and John Lee are making Lynnfield proud from nearly 5,000 miles away. The Lynnfield natives recently helped the Army hockey team to a 5-0 victory over the Air Force in their annual friendly match in Anchorage, Alaska.
Lee and Hammersley, who are both Lynnfield High graduates, have been in the Army for a combined total of 5 ½ years. Stationed in Anchorage alongside the Air Force, the two played in the match that has a four-year history and brings out both family and civilians. The shutout at the January 7 game at the Sullivan Arena was the first in the event’s history and gives the Army team an equal number of victories as the Air Force team.
“It’s an awesome community event,” said Hammersley. “There’s always a great turnout of civilians and family members. Just being able to play hockey again with that kind of crowd was great.”
The 27-year-old added that he and Lee used to play hockey together in high school and that it was serendipitous that the two got to play again years later in such a unique way. Hammersley has less than a year left in his contract with the Army and afterwards hopes to pursue a career in firefighting.
By Melanie Higgins
Lynnfield Historical Society to present “An Evening of Irish Music”
Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m. at Old Meeting House
The March meeting of the Lynnfield Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, March 21. It will be “An Evening of Irish Music” presented by Music Director Michael Hamill and “Amhran,” St. John’s Prep Celtic Band. This talented group of players and singers who came to the Lynnfield Historical Society last year will again perform a program of Irish music, including jigs, reels, airs and songs. All performers are students in grades 9-12 at St. John’s Prep in Danvers and come from many surrounding towns. The band consists of 16 singers and musicians.
All are welcome. Refreshments will be served at the close of the performance.