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With the spirited run of the Bruins to the Stanley Cup final nothing but an agonizing memory, recreational hockey players have many options for keeping their own icy dreams of glory alive.
“I just love to play, for the competition, the exercise, and because I enjoy the people I’ve met,” said Steve Mulcahy, a 37-year-old goalie from Quincy after a 6:30 a.m. game at Hingham’s Pilgrim Skating Arena in the Has Been Hockey League.
“I also play in West Roxbury on Saturdays and Andover on Mondays.”
At rinks in Hingham, Kingston, Bridgewater, and Dedham, and many others dotting the recreational landscape south of Boston, there is no shortage of places to don the blades in leagues or pickup games and play for nothing but love of the game, all year long.