If you are a hockey player, parent or fan – chances are you
have skated, played or watched a game at Veteran’s Rink in Arlington.
The rink has undergone some renovations but most importantly, it has a
new name – Ed Burns Arena.
Who is Ed Burns? I’m glad you asked. Ed Burns
High School hockey for 50 years – yes 50 YEARS! His teams
were the model of excellence for over a half century. The Spy Ponders (team
nickname) won six state titles, two New England
titles and three EMASS championships. He won 695 games or 79% of the time.
Round that up to 80% and just think about winning four out of every five times
you played – fairly impressive.Ed also coached football at Arlington for 21 years and in 1967 his hockey
team went 19-0 while his football team was undefeated as well at 9-0. Ed also
played three sports at Boston
College, served in the
Marines during WWII and was a math teacher at Arlington High School.
Quite an impressive resume. I was with Ed the night they dedicated the rink in
his honor. Ed will turn 90 this fall and trust me, he still has his fastball.
"This is just awesome, sensational. I’ve lived here 90 years, skated on all the
ponds and in this rink, and to have my name on it is a real pleasure."
More than 100 of Ed’s former players returned for the ceremony and they all spoke of
how he influenced their lives and made them better people. Sure the winning was
great but it was the life lessons they carry with them, not the trophies or the
"I am really aghast and shocked," beamed Ed. "After all these years I
thought most of the people who never heard of me would say – who the heck is
No chance coach. We know the real Eddie Burns, and now, so do