ARHS hockey raising funds in memory of Brian Arsenault
By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor
Westborough – The boys hockey rivalry between Algonquin Regional High School and local teams is a strong and passionate one. But for the past few years, ARHS, while retaining that intensity, has also had another different reason to compete – to honor a local fallen hero.
Before he joined the U.S. Army, Brian Arsenault was himself a student at ARHS, playing varsity hockey all four years before graduating in 2004.
On Sept. 4, 2014, Arsenault was killed in action while serving with Company B, 1st Battalion 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Ghazni, Afghanistan., Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.
Since then, ARHS has paid tribute to Arsenault by wearing camouflaged alternate uniforms in games against different rivals. In this year’s game, held Feb. 18 at the NorthStar Ice Sports in Westborough, the Marlborough High School Panthers defeated ARHS, 5-3.
Prior to the game, the ARHS team gathered at a memorial plaque that has been placed in Arsenault’s honor on the Town Common to reflect on his legacy.
Scholarship aids students and veterans
The team is also raising money for a scholarship set up in Arsenault’s memory. Monies raised aids students as well as veterans in need. In the past the scholarship funds have helped assist with car repairs, rent/mortgage payments, Christmas gifts, etc. The donations remain anonymous and are confidential to those involved in the fund.
To donate visit arhsboosters.com/events or mail checks to:
Brian Arsenault Memorial Scholarship Fund
ARHS Athletic Dept.
79 Bartlett Street
Northborough MA 01532