Team honors legacy of fallen Northborough hero

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ARHS hockey raising funds in memory of Brian Arsenault

The team gathers at the plaque at the Town Common honoring 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

Brian Arsenault’s retired jersey hangs over ARHS’s bench.
The memorial plaque at the Town Common that honors Brian Arsenault
Brian Arsenault’s retired jersey
The late Brian Arsenault
The teams await the start of the game.