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Milford AD: ‘Hockey is in Jeopardy’ at MHS

After battling through an 0-17 season with a 12-man roster, the future of hockey at Milford High School is very much in doubt, Milford Athletic Director (AD) Peter Boucher said.
"Hockey is in jeopardy right now," he said. "My goal as the athletic director is, if a kid comes to MHS, they can play hockey. We want that to be for the Milford jersey."
The dearth of players has the AD considering numerous options, including another waiver to allow eighth graders to play, as the team did this year. Another option is forming a co-op with another school, which would mean having MHS athletes play in another league, as the Hockomock does not allow for the practice of combining multiple schools. Boucher stressed the future of hockey is "a high priority" for him and insisted on having more than the dozen athletes who skated with the team this year. 
"We need to be more in the 18 to 20 player range to complete and not see the kids get fatigued and put in a challenging situation," he said. "The league isn't going to want to give us another eighth grade waiver year after year, but that may be an option for next year."
Milford used three eighth graders this year to try to fill out the roster, receiving a waiver from the Hockomock League to do so. Boucher said using the younger athletes is not a long-term solution for the program and pointed out only those eighth graders who are physically able to handle the speed of the varsity game are going to be considered.
"It's unfortunate, right now we only have seven players, not including eighth graders," head coach Michael Balzarini said. "So we are going to be in the same boat next year."
Balzarini said he has been trying to get a count of how many current seventh graders might be interested in playing varsity hockey when they hit the eighth grade next year and has received "a few positive responses" and "some negative responses."
"I am hoping we will be able to field a team with the eighth graders being involved, but it's a numbers thing," Balzarini said. "We are trying to get ahead of the curve and hopefully field a team."
Both the coach and the AD said they would like to get a sense of how many high school students and eighth graders are interested in playing next winter before the current school year ends and added they hoped to have some preliminary numbers by the end of this week. Milford may have to reluctantly explore a co-op, Boucher said, speculating that Hopedale or Ashland could be possible partners.
"If we have to go this route, I will sit down with a map and see who we can get to within 15 to 20 minutes and see whether they would be willing to join up with us," he said.
Asked whether he could guarantee student-athletes and parents that there would be hockey at Milford High for the foreseeable future, Boucher said, "I guarantee we will leave no stone unturned."
"I was a pond hockey player, I love the sport of hockey, but 'guarantee' is a strong word," he said. "We don't want to take away an opportunity that has been there for about 10 years. We are going to try to host a team of our own. If that doesn't happen, we are going to get with a team that is close by and fill it up with Milford athletes."




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