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Ben McKenna living his dream on the ice for Post.

POSTED March 13, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: His heart may be with anything to do with Raiders sports but his head, shoulders and the rest of him is now loving playing on a surface that was not available at his alma-mater.

Ben McKenna loves everything to do with playing hockey, anywhere, anytime.

He’s been lacing them up since he was seven years old.      

He has been able to continue his passion after having to take time off due to an injured shoulder but he’s back and happier than ever.

“I’m very excited to be back playing.” McKenna said. “It was a little rough getting back in shape but I got back and feel good.”

Ben McKenna is a very familiar face around Torrington High School. When he is home and available, he’ll be helping his father Mike, who is the Athletic Director at THS.

These two love Raider athletics and everything good that comes out of the school, which is considerable.

This day, Ben was on hand watching a Unified Sports Naugatuck Valley League basketball tournament and of course, one of the first questions to his dad was if he could help out in any way.

Ben has helped open and close many an event at the high school over the last couple of years and loves being part of whatever is happening.

Hockey is his sport though, always has been.

We do not have many hockey rinks available to our local athletes so finding time to hit the ice was always a challenge.

He found a team and ice time playing for the Springfield Junior Pics during his high school years and played there four years.          

The Junior Pics are part of the Eastern Junior Hockey League and have sent many a player on to both the college ranks and onto the national Hockey League.

The Eagles play in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Post had a rough year, posting a 3-12 record but that didn’t discourage McKenna who was working on his defensive game, one that he takes great pride in.

McKenna finished with two goals and seven assists in nine games this year for Post and could not be any happier than he is to be back on the ice.

The McKenna family has a long history of service to the students at Torrington High School. From “Doc” McKenna, who tended to hundreds of Raider athletes over his years of being the teams doctors to the present time that has seen the torch passed to a father and son with Raider maroon and black in their veins.

Rest assured that for some time to come two things will remain ingrained around THS.

A McKenna will be involved in something good at the school and with one McKenna is particular, young Ben, will continue living his dream on the ice for as long as he can.


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