BRATTLEBORO -- The Brattleboro Hockey Educational Trust, Inc is celebrating its 20th year supporting ice hockey at Brattleboro Union High School.
Hockey was a major sport at BUHS in the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Teams from Brattleboro saw success with notable local standouts such as Bud Fraser, Phil Dunham, Bob Gaines, Alan Sargent, Arnold White and legendary Coach LeRoy Johnston. Teams from Brattleboro won State Championships in 1934, 1935 and 1939.
With the outbreak of World War II, hockey as a sport at the high school was discontinued. Local participation was limited to ponds and when available, the Retreat Meadows.
Following the building of the Withington Skating Rink and the founding of the Brattleboro Youth Hockey Association in the mid-1970’s, ice hockey once again was becoming a major winter sport in the area. In 1991, the High School District Board was approached with a proposal to re-introduce ice hockey as a varsity sport with financial support from a new IRS Recognized 501 ( c) (3) organization -- the Brattleboro Hockey Educational Trust.
The first Colonels boys’ team hit the ice in 1992, with a girls’ team from Brattleboro joining the Vermont High School Hockey League in 2001. Nearly 500 players have now put on the hockey jersey of the Colonels with many going on to continue their interest as youth coaches, college/ adult players and fans.
Since its inception, BHET, parents of the hockey players and local friends of high school hockey have contributed over $350,000 to BUHS to help support the ice hockey programs.
For information on the BHET and its activities in support of high school hockey, contact BHET, 220 Hale Rd, Brattleboro, VT 05301 or call 802-257-5302.