A Victory for Framingham
Loring Arena was built in 1963 largely due to the results of the state title being won by the Framingham High School team earlier in 1961. These boys captured the hearts of the community with their victory. Despite their having to drive to Worcester for practice, and playing their home games at the Boston Arena, the boys brought home the championship win. Their success was one of the main reasons why Loring Arena was built, and how it got its name.
Loring Arena was named after Edward F. Loring, a student athlete, a soldier, an educator, and the coach of the 1961 Massachusetts State Hockey Champions. Coach Loring (1920-1962) was a man that cared about the future of Framingham. He understood the importance of recreational options for children and young adults.
Eddie Loring was an outstanding athlete at Framingham High School and Colby College. At Framingham High he played football, hockey and baseball. He was chosen to be on the All-Star Bay State League team. At Colby, he was an All-New England goalie from 1940-1942 and captain of his hockey team. A three-letterman, he also was an All-Maine baseball outfielder.
Eddie was a highly respected coach and teacher at Coburn Classical Institute from 1946-1947, at Thornton Academy from 1947-1949, and at Framingham schools from 1949 until his death in 1962. In World War II, he served in Europe with the U.S. Army.
He grew up in the Town of Framingham, was a modest man, with what was described as a “pleasing personality”. He was married to Lillian M. Cybulski and had 6 children by his death at the young age of 41.
After the state championship win, our town leaders decided it would be a good investment to build a rink in Framingham and to start a youth hockey program. After Town Meeting gave the approval, the rink had to win voter approval via referendum, and a 15-year bond was issued. The Edward F. Loring Arena was dedicated to this honorable gentleman on November 30, 1963 at the cost of $535,000. It was estimated that 30,000 to 40,000 people used Loring Arena within the first 6 months.