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Ahern Inducted into Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame
By Kevin Devlin

     On Tuesday evening, November 15, 2005, lifelong South Bostonian Freddie Ahern was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in ceremonies held at the new Boston Garden. He was inducted into this prestigious Massachusetts USA Hockey Hall of Fame in the player's category.
The program noted the following about our local hockey legend:

     "Fred Ahern grew up playing in the South Boston Youth Hockey League, attended Boston Technical High School and then went on to Bowdoin College. After leaving Bowdoin in 1974, Fred signed as a free agent with the California Seals and became the first player from South Boston to play in the NHL. Playing a total of 146 NHL games from 1975-1978, Fred scored 31 goals and had 30 assists. After retiring, Fred returned to the Boston area and is currently the Director of the James M. Curley Recreation Center in South Boston."

      Ahern was an original member of the South Boston Youth Hockey League from 1962 through 1967, playing on the Pee Wee, Bantam, and Midget teams. He also played varsity hockey for four seasons from 1966 through 1970 at Tech. He led Tech to the Boston City Championships in 1968 and 1969. He was a defenseman and team captain, and was a Boston Globe and Record American All-Scholastic.

     At Bowdoin, Ahern played three years on the varsity squad and was team captain in his senior year. In 1973, Ahern was the MVP of the Williams College Holiday Tournament and the recipient of the Hugh Munroe MVP team award in 1974, the year he graduated.

     Ahern then played in the Central Hockey League, where he helped the Eagles capture the CHL Championship in 1975, registering 31 goals in 73 games.

     Ahern subsequently played in the NHL for the California Seals for two seasons until a broken arm sidelined him for most of the 1976-1977 season. Ahern also starred with Team USA in the first Canada Cup Tournament held in 1976

     Ahern is honored that he was inducted into this prestigious body.

     "I felt honored to be inducted into this Hall of Fame," said Ahern. "My college coach, Century Sid Watson was also inducted along with Harry Sinden at the same time. I'm indeed fortunate to be in this company

     "I began playing hockey in the South Boston Youth League that was founded by Billy and Bobby Sullivan, and Jack Dever," added Ahern. " Living in a state that has such a rich hockey history, and playing in a town that has had so much hockey talent like Billy O'Dwyer and Brian Noonan and others, I am indeed happy and honored to be a member of the Massachusetts USA Hockey Hall of Fame."

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