Harvard Athletics Renames Hockey Facility to Bright-Landry Hockey Center, Begins Year-Long Construction Project
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following a groundbreaking ceremony last spring, Harvard Athletics is pleased to announce the renaming of the Bright Hockey Center to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center in recognition of generous support from the late C. Kevin Landry '66 and his family.
Construction is now underway for a major expansion and renovation to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center, a project that will continue through September 2014. A new 20,000-square-foot addition will be located between the current hockey facility and the Albert H. Gordon Track. Upgraded spectator amenities will include new concession, souvenir, and hospitality areas plus additional family friendly restrooms. Enhancements to the Hockey Center will include new team locker rooms for the men's and women's ice hockey programs, sports medicine and workout facilities, coach's offices, and a facility operations center.
From 1956 to 1978, the Crimson's early home for ice hockey was the Donald C. Watson Rink. Renovations to the rink were mostly financed by the Bright family, and the facility was renamed and dedicated as the Alexander H. Bright Hockey Center on November 19, 1979, when Harvard played an exhibition match against the 1980 U.S. Olympic team. Alexander ("Alec") Bright '19 played hockey for Harvard immediately after World War I, and continued to play for some years after college until he turned down an offer from Montreal's professional hockey team in 1923. Later, Bright switched to skiing and was a member of the U.S. Olympic ski team at Garmisch-Partenkirchen in 1936 and a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1948. Bright was president of the Harvard Varsity Club from 1947 to 1951 and a huge supporter of Harvard athletics. In recognition of Alexander Bright and Kevin Landry's shared passion for the game, Alec's son and daughter have graciously agreed to rename the facility the Bright-Landry Hockey Center.
Landry and his family—including wife Barrie, and daughters Kimberly H. Gwinn Landry '93, EdM '01 and Jennifer B. Landry Le '99—have been long-time supporters of Harvard's ice hockey programs. In 2008, they established the Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey, the second endowed coaching position of a women's sport at Harvard. Their previous contributions include prior rink improvements such as the replacement of the facility's refrigeration and dehumidification systems, expanded restrooms, and installation of a state-of-the-art high definition video board in 2008. A regular attendee at most home and away contests, Landry kept detailed game stats and developed lasting personal friendships with the Crimson players on both teams. In 2011, Landry was awarded an honorary "Major H" (varsity letter) for his tireless contributions to Harvard's ice hockey program.
"Kevin Landry was Harvard hockey's number one fan," said Bob Scalise, the Nichols Family Director of Harvard Athletics. "In addition to supporting various rink renovations and enhancements, Kevin was also a loyal spectator at many of the men's and women's games. The Bright-Landry Hockey Center serves not only as a public reminder of his tremendous contributions, but also honors Kevin and his long-standing love of ice hockey at Harvard."
In addition to significant funding from the Landry family, the renovation and enhancement of the Bright-Landry Hockey Center is being supported by Johanna and John Boynton, both Harvard College Class of '88. Johanna was a four-year letter winner for the women's ice hockey team, a two-time captain, and a member of the Ivy League championship team her junior year. She currently serves as co-chair of the Friends of Harvard Ice Hockey.
"We could not be more excited—the future home of the Crimson men's and women's hockey teams will be a first-class facility that will enhance the experience of our student athletes and fans alike," said Ted Donato, The Robert D. Ziff '88 Head Coach for Harvard Men's Ice Hockey. "We are grateful for the continued support of both the Landry and Boynton families. This is a special day for Harvard Hockey."
"The renovation of the Bright-Landry Hockey Center will ensure that all Harvard hockey players have a state-of-the-art facility to compete in and a first rate college hockey experience," added Katey Stone, The Landry Family Head Coach for Harvard Women's Ice Hockey. "I cannot begin to measure the significance of the Landry family's generosity to the rink project and to Harvard Hockey more broadly."
The rink will remain fully operational throughout the renovation project and will continue to serve as the home of the Harvard men's and women's ice hockey programs for the 2013–2014 season. The Crimson women kick off their year with a home opener against Quinnipiac Oct. 25, followed by the men against Bentley Oct. 26.