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Perhaps nobody feels the need for an indoor ice rink in Hopkinton more than Chris MacPherson every Tuesday morning during hockey season.
“We do have one 5:30 a.m. practice on Tuesday and that’s really tough,” said the Hopkinton High hockey coach, whose team travels 25 minutes each way to play and practice at Marlborough’s Navin Skating Arena. “I know the kids have to get up at 4:30. I think I have my clock set for 4:12, so it’s a tough one and they have to get back to school after that so we only have 50 minutes to practice.”
With ice time being a premium notorious for forcing figure skaters, hockey players, and their parents to rise at ungodly hours, the Demons Youth Hockey Association has been working for the last three years toward building a rink at Legacy Farms.
But a number of developments in recent weeks has brought the rink closer to reality.