Local hockey community reacts after player sustains ‘serious injury’


Local hockey community reacts after player sustains ‘serious injury’
Hopedale hockey player Aiden Collins was “seriously injured” while playing the Grafton/Blackstone Valley Vocational Technical High School co-op team at Buffone Arena in Worcester. (Photo/Laura Hayes)

REGION – The local hockey community is rallying behind Hopedale hockey player Aiden Collins after he sustained a “serious injury” in a game against the co-op Grafton/Blackstone Valley Technical High School (BVT) team this past weekend. 

The two teams were roughly three minutes into their season opener, Dec. 11, when Collins was injured. 

The teams quickly opted to postpone and reschedule their game, then sharing their support for Collins in messages and social media posts. 

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Aiden Collins, his parents, his family, friends, and teammates as he begins his road to recovery,” Grafton Athletic Director Kevin Anderson wrote in a newsletter sent to the community on Sunday. 

“Hoping for a speedy and healthy recovery,” the co-op Grafton/BVT team added in a tweet

Hopedale hosts a co-op program with Millis High School, Whitinsville Christian School, Douglas High School and Milford High School according to recent filings with the MIAA. 

Officials from those schools weighed in online after Collins’ injury. 

“Please keep hockey player Aiden Collins in your thoughts and prayers as he recovers from his injury sustained at Saturday’s game,” read a message on the official Hopedale Athletics Twitter account.

“We love you and hope [you have] a speedy recovery,” Collins’ team, itself, added in a tweet.

Though Grafton and Hopedale players, coaches and administrators were some of the first to share their support following this injury, others in the tight knit Massachusetts hockey community were quick to chime in as well. 

“From one Hawk Nation to another, wishing Aiden the very best,” Hudson High School hockey coach Scott O’Connor wrote in a tweet over the weekend. “All our love and positive vibes heading your way.”

The Community Advocate has reached out to the Hopedale hockey program asking if there are ways community members can support Collins in his recovery. The Community Advocate will update this article with any additional information as it becomes available.


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