LACONIA — The Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack hockey team has received a donation of 20 equipment bags from Walgreen's, a gift which Kelly Dyer-Rawlings, a member of the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack Boosters, says is greatly appreciated.
''I can't thank Dan Quinn, the Walgreen's manager, enough. It's the kind of support we need from local businesses,'' said Dyer-Rawlings, who said that the donation came about as a result of a discussion she had with Quinn earlier this year.
''It's a really nice donation and will help make our players proud when they walk into an ice arena,'' said TJ Galligan, who is now in his fourth year as coach of the cooperative hockey team, one of several in the area including the Gilford-Belmont and Inter-Lakes and Moultonborough Academy teams.
It's been a rocky start for the Wolfpack, which suffered through two winless seasons before beating Manchester West 7-1 last year in the opening game of its Division III season.
The Wolfpack went on to post a 5 -12 record, just one game shy of the playoffs last season, and were competitive against some of the division's top teams.
''We're definitely going to make the playoffs this year,'' says Wolfpack captain Matthew Missert, a Laconia senior, who says that the team only lost a few players to graduation and has a veteran group of players this season.
Dan Quinn, manager of the Laconia Walgreen's store, is shown with Matthew Missert, a Laconia High School senior who is the captain of the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack high school hockey team; Jordan Audet, an LHS sophomore and a player on the team, and T.J. Galligan, head coach of the Wolfpack. Walgreen's donated 20 equipment bags to the team, which is in its fourth year as a cooperative team which affords players from two different school districts the opportunity to play ice hockey against other high school teams. Kelly Dyer-Rawlings, a member of the Laconia-Winnisquam Wolfpack Boosters, thanked Walgreens for the donation and said that the boosters hope more businesses will become involved in helping provide support for the players. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)