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Massachusetts Hockey Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

By Mass Hockey, 10/18/23, 3:30PM EDT


In the 2023-24 season, Massachusetts Hockey is proud to be the home of more than 190 programs and over 44,000 youth hockey players

Duxbury, MA - Massachusetts Hockey is celebrating 50 years of being the governing body of youth hockey in the state of Massachusetts. In the 2023-24 season, Massachusetts Hockey is proud to be the home of more than 190 programs and over 44,000 youth hockey players.

Throughout the year, Massachusetts Hockey will be featuring several initiatives to celebrate this milestone.

  • 50th Anniversary Eras: To commemorate our 50th anniversary in the 2023-2024 season, we will be remembering Mass Hockey from the past 5 decades, featuring players' events, special moments and more from the last 50 years. These eras include:
    • 1974 – 1984
    • 1984 – 1994
    • 1994 - 2004
    • 2004 – 2014
    • 2014 – 2024
  • What is your most memorable hockey experience? We are asking any hockey player, past or present from over the last 50 years who played for a Mass Hockey program to share their most memorable moment.   
  • 50th Anniversary Celebration: To conclude the 23-24 season end celebrate 50 years, Massachusetts Hockey will be announcing a major celebratory event.

To kick off the first era of Mass Hockey, 1874-1984, pillars of the Mass Hockey community, Ron DiFillippo, long time Mass Hockey Registrar, and Ron DeGregorio, former USA Hockey President and New England Registrar will be sharing their memories of the founding of Mass Hockey and looking back at how Mass Hockey has evolved over the past 50 years.

In addition to Massachusetts Hockey’s 50th Anniversary, there are some other milestones to be celebrated:

  • 50th Anniversary of Mini 1 on 1
  • 25 Years of Boston Bruins Grow Hockey License Plates

President of Massachusetts Hockey, Stephen Palmacci looks back at the start of Mass Hockey and how far it has come. “The Amateur Hockey Association Commonwealth of Massachusetts started 50 years ago with 6 officers, 32 directors and 41 programs. We changed our name Massachusetts Hockey about 30 years ago and currently have 16 officers, 60 directors and over 190 programs, over 2,700 teams, 44,000 players and 6,600 coaches. We have come a long way in serving the youth in our state in those 50 years. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be serving as president on Mass Hockey. We hope to see continued growth in our sport.”

For more information on how Massachusetts Hockey is celebrating its 50th Anniversary, keep up to date with Mass Hockey on social media or visit

About Massachusetts Hockey:

Massachusetts Hockey, Inc. (Mass Hockey) is an Affiliate of USA Hockey, Inc. for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  This is a national sanction under federal law that allows Mass Hockey to implement USA Hockey programs, policies, procedures and rules in the Commonwealth relative to the sport of ice hockey and to initiate its own programs, procedures and rules to administer the sport in Massachusetts.