Endicott College Formally Dedicates Raymond J. Bourque Arena
BEVERLY, MA After more than 10 years of trying to partner with city and local groups to bring an ice arena to Beverly, Massachusetts, Endicott College constructs a state of the art ice arena on its oceanside campus. The College dedicated the 10-million-dollar facility to NHL legend and 21-year veteran for the Boston Bruins, Raymond J. Bourque.
"Ray is one of Boston's greatest sports figures, both on and off the ice," said College President Dr. Richard E. Wylie. "He exemplifies all that is great about sport and athleticism. His strong personal and professional values, skills, belief and commitment to others make him a role model whose name and reputation should be preserved for generations."
Bourque, a resident of the North Shore for more than 30 years, expressed a strong desire to inspire our youth, students, and the greater community.
"This arena will affect the lives of many individuals, starting with the youth of the North Shore of Boston," said Bourque. "This is the primary motivation for engaging with Endicott College, which has proven it values community. I am honored and have been grateful for the chance to actively assist in the construction fundraising, the funding of youth scholarships, and the educating of our youth. As an athlete, I have always valued teamwork, leadership, dedication, passion, and a strong sense of community."
With the construction of the Raymond J. Bourque Arena, Endicott moves from 12 years as a club team to an NCAA Division III intercollegiate program for both men and women.
The Raymond J. Bourque Arena's completion comes during a period of heightened construction for Endicott as the College has built and renovated several facilities dedicated to academia, residence life, food service, athletics, and other areas of the campus.
Each one of these major projects has been entrusted to Windover Construction, a local outfit based out of Beverly that has helped to change the look and feel of Endicott College.