The hockey player grew up in South Boston in a working-class family.
He was first introduced to air conditioning because of the sport. "There was no air conditioning in South Boston where I grew up in a housing project," the former NHL winger remembered. "I never slept in air conditioning until went on the road as a kid to play hockey." Noonan's father, a former policeman and fireman, ordered his sons to go to public skating every Friday night to keep them from getting in trouble.
New York Rangers' Brian Noonan (left) looks for the rebound.