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a story line for one of his “Law & Order” franchises. It’s the story of Thomas Randele – and it practically<br />

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More than five decades ago, unbeknownst to his entire family, Randele embezzled $215,000 (an<br />

approximate equivalent of $1.6 million today) from his then employer, Society National Bank of Cleveland.<br />

According to a podcast spotlighting the heist, he stuffed the money into a paper bag and began a new<br />

life in, of all places, Lynnfield, Mass.<br />

Weeks before he died, in 2021, Randele finally revealed his secret to his family – including the fact that<br />

his name wasn’t Thomas Randele.<br />

The FBI had been trying to track him down – unsuccessfully, obviously – for five decades, until an<br />

anonymous tip landed on the doorstep of an FBI agent.<br />

The story gained national buzz at the time of the robbery, and is now surfacing again as “Randele’s”<br />

daughter is being highly sought after to tell her story on TV shows and other projects that include<br />

“America's Most Wanted” with John Walsh.<br />

It's a story that has been kept under wraps for more than 50 years, and our Anne Marie Tobin dives<br />

into the heist, revealing the true identity of “Thomas Randele.” Anne Marie spoke with Lynnfield residents<br />

and friends who – like you – had no idea that a notorious bank robber who was able to escape the capture<br />

of the FBI was living in their town of 13,000 people.<br />

As I said, the TV show will write itself.<br />

What do you say, Mr. Wolf?<br />

While the Randele story was told on a true-crime podcast, a few moms in town have started their own<br />

podcast, focusing on the challenges and benefits of motherhood in the modern day. Vishakha Deshpande<br />

tells the story of three working Lynnfield moms who started the “Moms Night Out” podcast, which has<br />

quickly found itself with a global following in just four months.<br />

Then there’s Lynnfield’s Nick Grava, the co-founder of Mobile Barber, a barber shop on wheels that<br />

brings hairstyling to you. Started roughly a year ago, Grava’s business is flourishing and is changing the way<br />

people get their fresh cuts. Our reporter Ryan Vermette talks (barber) shop with Grava and his co-founder,<br />

Luke Noreen, to discuss the fully mobile business.<br />

Elsewhere in town, Sydney McKeough, at the age of 12, has also started on the road of opening<br />

her own hairstyling business. McKeough, with the help of her mom/manager, Leslie, has begun doing<br />

different hairstyles for kids at birthday parties, and even at a Hanukkah event at a local synagogue. Charlie<br />

McKenna combs through the details with McKeough and how she is pursuing her dream.<br />

Vishakha also introduces us to James Macdonald, a photographer who has found solace through nature<br />

and travel. Macdonald’s family traditions in traveling to New Hampshire and hiking when he was a kid<br />

helped shape his identity today. Vishakha paints a picture of his journey.<br />

Speaking of New Hampshire, a group of former Lynnfield High hockey players have taken the<br />

initiative of keeping their childhood memories of playing pond hockey alive in the Live Free Or Die state.<br />

Each winter, the group travels up to Meredith, N.H., to participate in the weekend-long New England<br />

Pond Hockey Classic on Lake Waukewan. Anne Marie profiles the Young Guns team members who are<br />

reliving their childhood memories.<br />

Now let’s get back to some current Lynnfield High schoolers, who are just now making those memories<br />

that they won't soon forget. Last fall, the varsity boys soccer team became the first team in school history to<br />

win the state title, in dramatic fashion, winning 1-0 in frigid temperatures. Sports Editor Joey Barrett kicks<br />

around with Coach Brent Munroe, who reflected on the historic victory.<br />

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In the intricate tapestry of life,<br />

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Growing up in Arlington,<br />

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Monadnock in New Hampshire<br />

with his father and siblings. These<br />

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passion for the great outdoors,<br />

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encouragement to explore the world<br />

beyond his backyard, Macdonald<br />

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journey of travel and discovery.<br />

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MACDONALD, continued on page 8<br />

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MACDONALD, continued from page 6<br />

eventually reach the furthest islands in<br />

Greece. Along the way I took beautiful<br />

pictures. It wasn’t difficult with<br />

sceneries like that.”<br />

Throughout his travels, Macdonald<br />

found solace and inspiration in the<br />

beauty of nature, capturing its essence<br />

through his lens. From the majestic<br />

peaks of the Rocky Mountains to<br />

the sun-drenched shores of Laguna<br />

Beach, Calif., his photographs serve<br />

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moments of connection with loved<br />

ones that Macdonald found true<br />

fulfillment. A chance encounter with<br />

his future wife led to a whirlwind<br />

romance that culminated in a<br />

breathtaking proposal in the splendor<br />

of Denali National Park.<br />

“I met my future wife back in<br />

Massachusetts when I had returned<br />

for several of my sisters’ weddings,”<br />

he said. “My wife is a South Shore<br />

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MACDONALD, continued from page 8<br />

gal, while I am a North Shore guy. I<br />

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Cessna after flying over the Alaskan<br />

Range. I did the actual proposal while<br />

flying around Mt. McKinley, which is<br />

now referred to as Denali. It was their<br />

first in-flight proposal.”<br />

As a teacher and clinician,<br />

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his life, transforming his classroom into<br />

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Through live plants and vibrant images<br />

of wildlife, he sought to instill in his<br />

students a deep appreciation for the<br />

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Macdonald finds himself attuned to<br />

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Drawing on his knowledge of animal<br />

behavior and weather patterns, he<br />

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a keen eye and a reverence for the<br />

interconnectedness of all living things.<br />

For Macdonald, photography is<br />

more than just a hobby — it’s a way<br />

of preserving memories and honoring<br />

the legacy of those who came before<br />

James Macdonald leans up against the "tree of<br />

life," one of the biggest trees on Bellevue Island.<br />

him. Macdonald’s love for photography<br />

comes from his grandparents. His<br />

grandfather was passionate about the<br />

art, and his grandmother realized early<br />

on that her grandson was interested in<br />

it as well. She wanted him to have her<br />

husband’s camera and slides.<br />

“I looked at it and it was an<br />

old-fashioned camera and there were<br />

tons of slides,” Macdonald said. “I<br />

ended up looking at my grandparents’<br />

honeymoon in New York in the<br />

Roaring ‘20s. And I could see them<br />

standing on the streets of New<br />

York. And I think that over time, a<br />

photograph becomes more valuable<br />

because you originally take pictures of<br />

people but things change, more time<br />

goes further, and the memory becomes<br />

more precious.”<br />

As he reflects on his journey through<br />

life, Macdonald remains grateful for<br />

the lessons learned and the memories<br />

made along the way. From the towering<br />

peaks of Mount Monadnock to the<br />

bustling streets of New York City, his<br />

experiences have shaped him into the<br />

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A peek inside<br />

10 Huntingdon Road<br />

SALE PRICE: $2,225,000<br />

SALE DATE: Jan. 2, <strong>2024</strong><br />

LISTING PRICE: $2,475,000<br />

TIME ON MARKET: 66 days<br />

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PROPERTY TAXES: $14,585<br />


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YEAR BUILT: 1967 (renovated 2023)<br />

LOT SIZE: .92 acres (40,000 sq. feet)<br />

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LIVING AREA: 5,472 sq. feet<br />

ROOMS: 12<br />

BEDROOMS: 4<br />

BATHROOMS: 4.5<br />


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Co-founders of Mobile Barber<br />

Luke Noreen, left, and Nick<br />

Grava started the fully mobile<br />

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With the fast-paced world that<br />

many find themselves in nowadays,<br />

finding time to fit in a haircut<br />

appointment can be difficult. It can<br />

disrupt your workday if you schedule<br />

it during the week. And many shops<br />

aren’t open on Saturdays or Sundays.<br />

Or if they are, they are likely only<br />

open for a half day.<br />

But now Lynnfield’s Nick Grava,<br />

with his business partner, has found a<br />

way to bring the barber to you.<br />

Grava and co-founder Luke<br />

Noreen have opened Mobile Barber,<br />

a haircut shop on wheels that allows<br />

customers to experience getting a<br />

trim from the comfort of a<br />

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haircut supplies at their disposal.<br />

Celebrating its one-year<br />

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make hundreds of haircuts along the<br />

North Shore. In today’s fast-paced<br />

world, Noreen said people want<br />

and need quick services on demand,<br />

referencing their target demographic<br />

of millennials.<br />

“These young millennials, they<br />

love convenience,” Noreen said. “The<br />

waiting around vibe (at barbershops)<br />

isn’t really there anymore. People are<br />

just so busy in life, so we really found<br />

the value of the convenience.”<br />

The idea ironically came while<br />

Noreen was cutting Grava’s hair at<br />

his barbershop roughly two years ago.<br />

Grava had been a regular at Noreen’s<br />

shop and the two had been talking<br />

about going into business together.<br />

Previously, Noreen had been<br />

traveling to luxury apartment<br />

complexes to cut hair, but it quickly<br />

became a hassle moving on foot. He<br />

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on wheels, and thus, Mobile Barber<br />

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It began by going from apartment<br />

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western Massachusetts, and on weekends,<br />

it will make trips down to Cape Cod.<br />

On the road, the van is not hard to<br />

miss.<br />

“Mobile Barber” is on both sides of the<br />

van in large, white lettering, along with<br />

its logo, a phone with<br />

stripes going across it,<br />

which is a play on the<br />

barber’s pole.<br />

Jonathan Lepore, who<br />

has been cutting hair for<br />

25 years, is one of the<br />

business’ barbers, and<br />

said that it was smart to<br />

keep the name simple.<br />

“I feel like Nick<br />

and Luke, they<br />

really<br />

Barber Jonathan Lepore,<br />

of Peabody, cuts Mat<br />

Abrantes' hair from the<br />

Mobile Barber van.<br />

got ahead with that name,” Lepore said.<br />

Though it was simple, Noreen says<br />

he and Grava went through nearly<br />

50 different names before his mother<br />

convinced him to keep it basic.<br />

“It made so much sense, book Mobile<br />

Barber,” Noreen said. “You want to book<br />

the haircut, you want to book a mobile<br />

barber. I can’t even tell you the amount<br />

of people that search that and call us.”<br />

While other barbers in the area take<br />

house calls, Mobile Barber is the only<br />

one with a shop physically located in the<br />

van, which Noreen says makes a huge<br />

difference.<br />

“It’s the convenience factor and the<br />

cleanliness,” Noreen said. “You save time,<br />

you save time, travel, gas, etc.”<br />

Lepore has been with Mobile Barber<br />

since the beginning, and said he enjoys<br />

seeing customers head back to work,<br />

their house, or whatever their plans were<br />

for that day with a fresh, new haircut.<br />

“It’s a proud feeling almost<br />

every time,” Lepore said.<br />

The business has already<br />

enjoyed a great deal of<br />

success in a short period<br />

of time. Lepore said that<br />

the van will go to almost<br />

any event from weddings<br />

to trips to college<br />

campuses.<br />

Noreen said they have<br />

visions of expanding their<br />

business, which are already<br />

coming to reality as<br />

another van is currently<br />

being built.<br />

“I see this truly being<br />

a very successful startup<br />

company,” Noreen said.

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Tom and Kathy Randele are all smiles<br />

in New Hampshire on their wedding<br />

day in 1982.<br />


All small towns have their secrets. Secrets<br />

that oftentimes are the subjects of gossip and<br />

innuendo. It’s just human nature.<br />

But perhaps the biggest secret in Lynnfield<br />

that never saw the light of day for more than 50<br />

years is the story of Thomas Randele.<br />

In 2021, the Carter Road resident made a<br />

confession shortly before he died that stunned<br />

his wife, Kathy, and daughter, Ashley. Tom,<br />

beloved in the community by nearly everyone<br />

who crossed his path, wasn’t Thomas Randele<br />

at all. He was Theodore “Ted” Conrad, a young<br />

guy from Cleveland who became a fugitive<br />

from justice after robbing a bank where he was<br />

employed as a vault teller.<br />

It was July 11, 1969, the day after Conrad’s<br />

20th birthday. While at work at the Society<br />

National Bank, he entered the vault, put<br />

$215,000 — $1.6 million in 2021, according<br />

to “My Fugitive Dad” podcast co-host Alex<br />

Jonathan Hirsch — into a paper bag, and<br />

walked out to begin a new life, far, far<br />

away — in Lynnfield.<br />

While the brazen robbery made headlines<br />

all across the United States, it took federal<br />

marshals more than 50 years to finally put the<br />

pieces together after receiving an anonymous<br />

tip<br />

Ḃut it’s the way it all happened that is the<br />

real story, as told by Ashley on “My Fugitive<br />

Dad,” which was produced by Neon Hum<br />

Media for its “Smoke Screen” series and first<br />

aired in December. Ashley created the show<br />

and serves as co-host and producer.<br />

It was 2021, a day just like any other<br />

according to Ashley. In declining health, Tom<br />

was in the last stages of a battle with cancer.<br />

“It was a pretty unassuming day, we were<br />

just sitting around in the living room watching<br />

‘NCIS’ on TV, and in his very Tom-like way<br />

suddenly said, 'I should probably tell you<br />

something,’” Ashley said.<br />

He said that when he moved to Lynnfield,<br />

he had to change his name for a reason.<br />

“He then said, ‘And the authorities are still<br />

looking for me and so just in case that should<br />

come up, I wanted you to know,’” Ashley said.<br />

“I remember thinking, what now? Back to<br />

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Ashley Randele, shown here with<br />

her father, Tom, on a family vacation<br />

in Maine, said she had an idyllic<br />

childhood growing up in Lynnfield.<br />

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‘NCIS?’”<br />

It never occurred to Ashley that it could be<br />

something really big. After all, she adored her<br />

father.<br />

“Honestly, he’s my dad, he’s boring, he’s just<br />

a suburban dad who golfed. It sort of sounded<br />

like a dad story. It’s like oh, OK, yeah,” Ashley<br />

said. “The authorities are after you? Sure Tom,<br />

sure they are.”<br />

A day or two later, she realized she needed to<br />

have a conversation with him. She told him she<br />

deserved to know his real name and demanded<br />

he tell her.<br />

“He told me if he did tell me, I had to<br />

promise I wouldn’t look into it or tell anyone,”<br />

Ashley said.<br />

She agreed. After he told her his name was<br />

Ted, she asked for the last name.<br />

“It felt like that question hung in the air for<br />

days,” Ashley said. “He looked pained, like,<br />

‘Please don’t ask me to tell you.’ He finally said<br />

‘Conrad.’”<br />

Ashley thought she could honor the promise<br />

she made to keep it private.<br />

But that’s not what happened.<br />

“It just started to eat away at me,” she said.<br />

She tossed and turned in bed that night.<br />

Finally, at 2:30 a.m., she did something that<br />

would change her mother’s and her world.<br />

She conducted an internet search, a search<br />

that revealed that, as her father had said, Ted<br />

Conrad was the fugitive that authorities had<br />

been searching for all these years.<br />

“No exaggeration, I nearly fell off the bed,”<br />

Ashley said. “I still didn’t believe it at first. This<br />

is not my dad. What do you do with that info?”<br />

Ashley knew she had to tell her mother. She<br />

told her to enter Conrad’s name on her iPad.<br />

Kathy’s reaction was similar to Ashley’s.<br />

“All she could say was, ‘Oh my God, oh my<br />

God, oh my God,’” Ashley said.<br />

Ashley started doing research. She read<br />

every article she could find about Ted Conrad.<br />

She read that he had siblings and parents.<br />

She compiled a list of questions. Why did he<br />

change his birthday? Do you know where your<br />

family is? She felt like she didn’t know who she<br />

was anymore.<br />

Although Tom only had weeks to live at<br />

that point, Ashley told her father she didn’t<br />

listen to him and that she knew the truth about<br />

his other life. Ashley said he looked shocked,<br />

“almost afraid.” When she told him that they<br />

had to tell Kathy, he said he couldn’t bring<br />

himself to tell her, but Ashley persisted, saying,<br />

“We cannot keep this secret from her.”<br />

When they did, “he seemed so relieved once<br />

he knew he didn’t have to carry the burden of<br />

his secret anymore,” Ashley said.<br />

Weeks later, Tom died. The date was May<br />

18, 2021.<br />

We know who Ted Conrad was, but who<br />

really was Tom Randele, and why did he do<br />

it? His obituary as published in The Daily Item<br />

(remember that obit — it plays a key role in<br />

this story) said he was the son of Edward and<br />

Ruthabeth (Krueger) Randele and that he was<br />

born in Colorado, later moving to the East

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Coast. He was a golf professional at Pembroke<br />

Country Club and lived the life of a typical<br />

pro, wintering in Florida where he played<br />

professionally and returning north when the<br />

golf season opened. Second only to golf, Tom<br />

loved cars and he crafted that passion into a<br />

40-year career as a luxury salesperson at several<br />

local dealerships.<br />

By all accounts, Tom was a devoted family<br />

man, especially when it came to Ashley’s school<br />

and sports activities. Kathy was well-know<br />

about town. She worked in the Planning Board<br />

office for many years.<br />

Select Board member Dick Dalton said<br />

that he knew Tom only casually, but he worked<br />

closely with Kathy during his 15 years on the<br />

board.<br />

“She was a sweetheart who was always<br />

happy, a typical working mother who talked<br />

about her daughter who she adores, and her<br />

family, just a really solid, salt-of-the-earth-type<br />

family,” Dalton said.<br />

Lynnfield realtor Ellen Crawford bought a<br />

car from Tom.<br />

“Tom was professional, courteous, and<br />

knowledgeable,” she said. “I trusted his advice<br />

which proved to be a great decision, that car<br />

was a perfect fit and he was so honest.”<br />

Nan Hockenbury was extremely close with<br />

the family. She was a classmate of Kathy’s at<br />

Lynnfield High. Years later, the families became<br />

neighbors on Carter Road.<br />

“He was just a great guy, the best, kind,<br />

generous, anything you think of a perfect<br />

person,” Hockenbury said. “When Kathy told<br />

my husband (Joe Miglio) and me about it, we<br />

were surprised, but it didn’t matter to<br />

us — Tommy was just always Tom to us. The<br />

robbery was a way out for him. If you could<br />

get the money, you just do it and disappear. I<br />

believe that’s what happened.”<br />

Ashley agrees. She made it clear that, while<br />

many theorized the bank robbery was Conrad’s<br />

attempt to emulate the main character in “The<br />

Thomas Crown Affair,” a 1968 film about<br />

a wealthy Boston businessman pulling off a<br />

bank heist, her father’s motive had nothing to<br />

do with the movie. Instead, it stemmed from a<br />

desperate desire to escape an abusive stepfather<br />

and start a new life.<br />

“My dad’s motivation really was because<br />

he was in such a bad spot… He was always<br />

looking for a loving, stable family and that’s<br />

what he built,” she said.<br />

Unfortunately for Kathy and Ashley, that<br />

stability went up in smoke after Tom died.<br />

“Mom and I decided to wait about a year<br />

(before going to the authorities) because maybe<br />

the grief would be a little bit less,” she said.<br />

She said she knew Pete Elliot, the U.S.<br />

marshall for the Northern District of Ohio, was<br />

still on the case. He had inherited the case from<br />

his father, U.S. Marshal John Elliot, who spent<br />

decades chasing tips only to run into dead ends.<br />

While Ashley felt “bad”and “guilty,” she and<br />

her mom thought it was best to keep Tom’s<br />

secret to themselves before revealing it to the<br />

authorities.<br />

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There aren’t enough hours in the day for 2020 Lynnfield<br />

High graduate Bryan Mallett, a senior at Endicott College.<br />

Simply put, the young man is everywhere when it comes<br />

to the local sports scene.<br />

From high school to the pros, you name it and this<br />

talented videographer has shot it.<br />

The last couple of years, Mallett’s primary focal point has<br />

been as the official videographer for the Endicott College<br />

football team. Mallett said he landed at Endicott because<br />

he was looking to stay local and lay the groundwork for a<br />

career in sports media and filmmaking.<br />

“Endicott really checked all the boxes,” Mallett said.<br />

Mallett was already well versed in all things Endicott,<br />

having been encouraged by his good friend Clay Marengi,<br />

the Gulls’ quarterback and 2023 Commonwealth Coast<br />

Conference co-offensive player of the year, to spend<br />

some time on campus and shoot football games. Mallett<br />

reached out to the school’s communications and marketing<br />

photographer, David Le.<br />

“He said that they would love to have me on board, and<br />

everything took off from there,” Mallett said.<br />

While Mallett had his eye on Endicott for quite some<br />

time prior to enrolling, Endicott had its eye on Mallett as<br />

well.<br />

“We had actually seen a bunch of Bryan’s work on<br />

Instagram before he even decided to come here, and David<br />

and I were very impressed with his work,” Endicott Sports<br />

Information Director Shawn Medeiros said. “Everything<br />

kind of naturally came together from there and Bryan really<br />

Videographer<br />

Bryan Mallett<br />

works the sidelines<br />

at an Endicott College<br />

women's lacrosse<br />

game.<br />

PHOTO |<br />


I get to develop real relationships with<br />

people, which is awesome, and through<br />

that I get to chase down great stories<br />

and capture them on video.<br />

— Videographer Bryan Mallett

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was off and running once he got here.”<br />

While not in the classroom where, by<br />

the way, he also excels (he’s a member of<br />

the Lambda Pi Eta Honor Society, which<br />

recognizes excellence in communications),<br />

Mallett does paid freelance work for several<br />

area high schools, including Lynnfield,<br />

Newburyport, and Pingree. He also covers<br />

several sports at Boston College, where he was<br />

also responsible for editing teams’ social media<br />

and producing game and year-in-review<br />

recaps. He was recently retained to shoot the<br />

<strong>2024</strong> NCAA Frozen Four hockey regional<br />

tournament that’s being hosted by UNH.<br />

He’s been a regular fixture at Pioneers’<br />

athletic contests for years. Mallett said<br />

one of the highlights of his young career<br />

was shooting the Pioneers’ boys soccer<br />

championship game against Monomoy<br />

last fall in Scituate. The Pioneers won<br />

that game, securing their first-ever state<br />

title.<br />

Mallett admitted that he just couldn’t<br />

help throwing objectivity to the wind.<br />

“I’ll always be a Pioneer and that’s<br />

why I prioritize Lynnfield when it<br />

comes to taking assignments,” he said.<br />

“That game was surreal. I found myself<br />

getting distracted as a fan, to be honest.<br />

I know you’re expected to be objective,<br />

but it was impossible that game.”<br />

Mallett estimates he shoots, on average,<br />

more than a game a day. While he’s been<br />

pressed into service in almost every sport, his<br />

favorite sport to shoot is — you guessed<br />

it — football.<br />

He is currently interning as a video editor<br />

at TorchPro, a sports-media network churning<br />

out MLB, NBA, and NHL player videos,<br />

“Pass the Torch” podcasts, and newsletters.<br />

Mallett said the highlight of his experience<br />

with TorchPro was a video he produced<br />

for company co-founder Joe Pavelski, who<br />

reached a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars<br />

in 2020.<br />

“He posted that on his Instagram and the<br />

Dallas Stars Instagram, so that was really cool<br />

to have my video on the Dallas Stars’ social<br />

media,” Mallett said. “It was a moment when<br />

I thought this was just really cool.”<br />

Mallett’s resume is truly a who’s who of<br />

the sports-media world. He worked as a<br />

video editor intern for DraftKings’ “Name<br />

Redacted” and “Baseball is Dead” podcasts.<br />

He’s produced videos and social-media<br />

content for NFL players A.J. Dillon and<br />

Nyheim Hines. He served as a video editor<br />

for the “Join me in Miami” blog and has done<br />

other work as a freelance blogger under the<br />

name BmalMedia.<br />

He spent four months working as a video<br />

editor for the 33rd Team, a company founded<br />

by former NFL executive Mike Tannenbaum,<br />

producing 45-60-second football hype,<br />

highlight, and analysis videos.<br />

His favorite thing about doing what he<br />

does is seeing the feedback he gets after<br />

posting his videos and all the interesting<br />

people he meets along the way.<br />

“It’s seeing the joy on their faces and<br />

hearing the feedback that is the best part of<br />

it for me,” Mallett said. “I get to develop real<br />

relationships with people, which is awesome,<br />

and through that I get to chase down great<br />

stories and capture them on video. I’ve always<br />

been a people person, so being able to have so<br />

much fun doing that while making a living is<br />

the best of everything.”<br />

The worst part of being a videographer?<br />

Two things — challenging weather<br />

conditions and sleep deprivation.<br />

Last fall, he shot an Endicott football game<br />

in what he described as a “monsoon.”<br />

“I was drenched even before the start of the<br />

game,” he said. “And definitely not getting<br />

enough sleep is hard, as I’m just trying to<br />

get in as much as possible, especially on the<br />

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from Friday going into Saturday. It’s tough, but I’ve been able to<br />

make it work.”<br />

Mallett attributes much of his success to networking. As an<br />

example, he cites the fact his opportunity at TorchPro developed<br />

when he reached out to co-founder Dan Healey during his early<br />

years at Endicott. The connection paid off immediately.<br />

“I had done videos for the Bruins’ Charlie McAvoy through<br />

Dan, so I reached out to Dan and asked him if I could do my<br />

internship with them,” Mallett said. “He offered me a job<br />

post-graduation as well.”<br />

The digital media major recently reached out to DraftKings<br />

content creator and former Barstool Sports contributor and<br />

podcaster Jared Carrabis after Mallett learned that Carrabis had<br />

moved to Lynnfield. Mallett offered to help him get to know the<br />

community. Carrabis’ response blew Mallett away.<br />

“He said, ‘Dude, I’ve been following you and love your work<br />

and I love what you do and would like you to get involved with us,’<br />

and by the end of January he connected me with his producer who<br />

said we need somebody to do podcasts. I told him, ‘absolutely,’ said,<br />

‘You guys are the best,’” Mallet said.<br />

Mallett said people are really starting to notice him in part due<br />

to all the attention BC hockey is getting as the No. 1 team in the<br />

nation.<br />

“It’s a tough balance, timewise, between school, freelancing, and<br />

my internship, but I never lose my motivation because I just love<br />

what I do,” Mallett said.<br />

While his post-graduation plans are still up in the air, Mallett<br />

said he’s had several offers and is in “a good spot.” He says he is<br />

lucky that with all the freelance work he is doing, he’s not under<br />

any pressure to land a full-time job, mainly because he’s already<br />

putting full-time hours in already.<br />

While it’s still only March, he feels a big opportunity with a<br />

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investigation had to stop. It was the right thing<br />

to do,” Ashley said.<br />

But they never got that chance.<br />

“Somebody tipped off the marshals,” she<br />

said.<br />

Out of the blue that fall, Pete received an<br />

email from a woman named Jane Ann Turzillo,<br />

a writer well-known in the Cleveland area for<br />

her pieces on unsolved mysteries and crimes.<br />

Turzillo revealed on the podcast it was from an<br />

anonymous sender and included the obituary<br />

of Thomas Randele. She recognized that the<br />

names of his parents resembled the names of<br />

Ted Conrad’s parents, so she forwarded the<br />

email to Pete. He compared signatures from<br />

a recent bankruptcy proceeding the Randeles<br />

had filed with Conrad’s college-admission<br />

applications. They matched.<br />

The feds arrived at the Randele home on a<br />

chilly morning in November 2021.<br />

“It was a Tuesday and Pete came to the<br />

house on Carter Street, knocked on the door,<br />

and identified himself,” Ashley said. “He said he<br />

wanted to talk with mom 'about her husband,’”<br />

Ashley said.<br />

He assured Kathy and Ashley that they<br />

weren’t in any trouble. Pete said he was shocked<br />

when he saw stacks and stacks of bills cluttering<br />

the home. He — and his father — had always<br />

imagined Conrad was living it up on an island,<br />

driving fast cars and living a life of luxury. Not<br />

this.<br />

A press release announcing the news to the<br />

world was issued on Friday. From that day<br />

forward, everything changed for Kathy and<br />

Ashley.<br />

But one thing is clear: neither holds any<br />

animosity for the Elliots. They still talk<br />

regularly with Pete. Ashley believes that had<br />

Pete and Tom met on the golf course or in<br />

the showroom, they would have become great<br />

friends. Ashley holds Pete is such high esteem<br />

that, prior to moving forward with the podcast,<br />

she even sought out his advice.<br />

“He’s such a stand-up, good guy. He’s<br />

the epitome of what you hope all good law<br />

enforcement are,” Ashley said.<br />

On the podcast, Pete said he believes that at<br />

some point, Tom regretted what he had done<br />

and “became a great family man and friend.”<br />

What happened to the money isn’t certain.<br />

When asked Hirsch if it was safe to presume<br />

the money was gone by the time Tom got<br />

involved with Kathy, Ashley said yes. She said<br />

he didn’t spend money on himself, so she has no<br />

idea where it all went.<br />

Ashley’s reason for creating the podcast was<br />

simple: She wanted to set the record straight on<br />

“who my dad was.”<br />

“Once the story went public, Google<br />

searches simply erased the name Tom Randele,”<br />

Ashley said. “I felt like I was losing my dad all<br />

over again. I refused to let my dad be erased.<br />

The name didn’t even show up as ‘Tom Randele<br />

aka Ted Conrad.’ I felt my dad’s story needed<br />

to be told. He was more than just July 11, 1969.”<br />

She said she is privileged to have had great<br />

parents and a great childhood, but, even now,<br />

when she thinks about her father, she has mixed<br />

feelings.<br />

She’s angry that he let his life-insurance<br />

policy lapse and didn’t tell Kathy until days<br />

before he died. She’s angry that he led “a messy<br />

life” and left it in their laps to sort out. And,<br />

while she loves her father and always will, she’s<br />

angry he left her mother with financial worries.<br />

For now, Ashley, who moved to Wakefield a<br />

couple of years ago and lives next to her mother,<br />

is keeping busy with fielding requests from<br />

people all over the country who are pitching<br />

various projects about her father. She recently<br />

was in Los Angeles filming a segment for<br />

“America’s Most Wanted” with program host<br />

John Walsh. The segment was scheduled to air<br />

in late February.<br />

Looking back, Ashley said living with his<br />

secret for months was “unnerving.” After he<br />

died, instead of focusing exclusively on grieving,<br />

they were consumed with the question of<br />

whether they should go to the authorities.<br />

In the end, all of that didn’t matter once that<br />

obituary landed in Pete’s hands and the secret<br />

was out.<br />

“I was terrified the day Pete Elliot knocked<br />

on our door, but at least it was over,” Ashley<br />

said.<br />

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Boys soccer team captures first state championship<br />

Goalkeeper Kelan Cardinal lifts his<br />

friends into the air as they storm<br />

the field to celebrate Lynnfield's<br />

1-0 win over Monomoy.<br />





The 2004 Red Sox, the 2016<br />

Cleveland Cavaliers – some<br />

championships are just a long time<br />

coming.<br />

Add the Lynnfield boys soccer team<br />

to that list.<br />

The Pioneers’ state title from<br />

November was years in the making, but<br />

boy oh boy, when it finally came, was<br />

it sweet.<br />

At Scituate High School, No. 2<br />

Lynnfield (Division 4) battled frigid<br />

temperatures and wind gusts up to 20<br />

mph, defeating No. 9 Monomoy 1-0<br />

to claim the team’s first state title in<br />

program history.<br />

Junior sensation Dillon Reilly (27<br />

goals on the season) scored the<br />

game-winning goal in the 64th minute.<br />

A minute earlier, junior goalkeeper<br />

Kelan Cardinal made the save of<br />

the game, one-handing a header by<br />

Monomoy freshman Tate Laramee off<br />

a corner, which coach Brent Munroe<br />

said was a “game-saver.”<br />

“We were just surviving in the<br />

second half,” Munroe said. “Our<br />

Dillon Reilly scored seven of Lynnfield's eight<br />

state tournament goals.<br />


defense played well, but I feel<br />

like, overall, we didn’t play our<br />

best.”<br />

Then, Reilly – somehow,<br />

someway – managed to fight<br />

off three defenders before<br />

firing a bullet at the speed of<br />

sound from about 30 yards out<br />

past Monomoy keeper Paul<br />

Carlson inside the far post.<br />

By the way, Reilly scored<br />

seven of Lynnfield’s eight<br />

state tournament goals – and<br />

every one through the final<br />

four games.<br />

The time ran out on<br />

Monomoy, and it was time for<br />

the Lynnfield community to<br />

celebrate.<br />

“It’s great that they all<br />

came down to Scituate to<br />

watch our game and I was so<br />

appreciative that all those kids<br />

came a long way to root for<br />

us,” Munroe said.<br />

Speaking of Munroe, it was<br />

one he had waited 31 years to<br />

savor (23 as varsity coach).<br />

“For me, personally, it’s just<br />

finally, finally,” he said. “It’s<br />

so hard to get it and while we<br />

had those two opportunities<br />

in ’06 and ’07, I didn’t know<br />

if we would ever have another<br />

chance. I’m thankful that<br />

we got an opportunity, and<br />

shocked and happy that we<br />

were able to finish it off. To<br />

win today was going to be<br />

hard. I’ve coached a lot of<br />

teams that didn’t win it…<br />

but to win one makes me feel<br />

pretty good.”<br />

And the celebration poured<br />

on for Munroe and company.<br />

They were honored by the<br />

community on Thanksgiving<br />

Day with a rolling parade and<br />

special ceremonies at Town<br />

Hall and Lynnfield High<br />

prior to the football team’s<br />

game against North Reading.<br />

“This is so great for the<br />

kids,” Munroe said. “I’m<br />

excited and happy and still<br />

smiling, and I’m happy to<br />

see the guys again. The<br />

celebration continues and I<br />

am happy to be a part of it.”<br />

Keep smiling, Pioneers.<br />

At last. Dhmitri Dono<br />

lifts the Division 4<br />

boys soccer state<br />

championship trophy<br />

into the air.<br />



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already thinks beyond her day-to-day<br />

responsibilities as a student and envisions<br />

bigger and better things for herself. Chief<br />

among them: a hairstyling business.<br />

Instead of waiting until she gets older<br />

to turn her passion into a career, Sydney<br />

is getting started early — and if her<br />

classmates are any indication, business is<br />

booming.<br />

Sydney’s mom, Leslie McKeough, is<br />

a therapist running her own practice<br />

based in town. Lately, she’s also become<br />

something of a manager for Sydney and<br />

her burgeoning business.<br />

Leslie explains that Sydney has always<br />

enjoyed doing different hairstyles. She<br />

became interested in figuring out how<br />

to do braids and other styles herself,<br />

teaching herself with YouTube videos<br />

and sheer practice. She began to channel<br />

that interest into doing her friends’ hair,<br />

and what had begun as a hobby quickly<br />

became something more. With a babysitter<br />

certification in hand, Sydney’s hair<br />

business has achieved liftoff.<br />

So far, Sydney has done birthday parties<br />

and other events, like a Hanukkah event at<br />

a local synagogue. She also volunteered to<br />

do the hair for the “Beauty and the Beat”<br />

school production earlier this month.<br />

“It’s really been incredible to watch her<br />

as a mom, right, to just see the progress,”<br />

Leslie said. “It started as a hobby and just<br />

something fun, and she would braid my<br />

hair all the time. Watching her, you know,<br />

start this business with her passion. It’s

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Sydney McKeough parts Evy<br />

Fanikos' hair before the Lynnfield<br />

Middle School musical rehearsal.<br />


just been really incredible to watch<br />

her.”<br />

While Sydney may not be raking in<br />

hundreds of thousands of dollars quite<br />

yet, the business is off to a strong start,<br />

Leslie said.<br />

Sydney is a “big saver,” she explained,<br />

putting any money she earns from<br />

doing hair into the bank.<br />

“She’s excited and feels really proud<br />

of herself and empowered for being<br />

able to start this at such a young age,”<br />

Leslie said.<br />

While she spoke to <strong>01940</strong> The<br />

Magazine, Sydney was busy juggling<br />

many requests from friends and<br />

classmates as they prepared to go on<br />

stage for the dress rehearsal of “Beauty<br />

and the Beast.”<br />

But, unfazed by the chaos around<br />

her, Sydney pressed on, embodying<br />

the phrase emblazoned on her T-shirt,<br />

“Keep calm and let Sydney handle it.”<br />

That phrase, she explained, has<br />

become a bit of a mantra, and she<br />

wears the shirt for almost every single<br />

one of her jobs.<br />

On this particular afternoon, Sydney<br />

SYDNEY, continued on page 28

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SYDNEY, continued from page 27<br />

is working on what she said<br />

is her favorite style: a Dutch<br />

braid.<br />

The first braid she learned,<br />

Sydney explains she takes pride<br />

in mastering the ostensibly<br />

more difficult technique.<br />

“Everyone said French braids<br />

are easier because that’s how<br />

most people start out. Dutch<br />

braids… are the base for many<br />

braids… that’s kind of why I<br />

love (them,)” she said.<br />

Sydney explains that it’s the<br />

process of doing someone’s hair<br />

— her own or that of a friend<br />

— that appeals to her.<br />

“The reason I like doing this<br />

is because I like the way I do it,<br />

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like the way it works.”<br />

“I hate when people hurt you<br />

when they’re doing your hair<br />

because it shouldn’t be that<br />

way, that getting your hair done<br />

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But seeing the final result<br />

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“The best part about it is just<br />

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she said. “I just like seeing how<br />

it comes out. I like the feeling<br />

of accomplishing something.<br />

There are not many activities<br />

I really love, but this is one of<br />

them. And this is definitely my<br />

favorite thing to do.”<br />

Up next for Sydney: getting<br />

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Young Guns' Mike Mondello does<br />

some last minute preparation for<br />

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The Young Guns, back row from left, Ryan Smith, Phil Anderson, Brendan Costin,<br />

Craig Morton, Kevin Maresco, and front row from left, Matt O'Neill, Ryan Heavey,<br />

and Mike Mondello are ready for the New England Pond Hockey Classic.<br />

Every generation cherishes childhood memories that will likely<br />

never fade. But over time, many of the things we remembered<br />

doing as kids, like just hanging out and playing on our terms<br />

without adult supervision, have been pushed aside.<br />

Welcome to the world of organized youth sports. Gone are the<br />

days when you couldn't wait to go to the park, buck up, and choose<br />

sides with the kids in your neighborhood.<br />

In the winter, there was only one choice — you raced home<br />

after school, strapped on your ice skates, and skated till dark on the<br />

neighborhood pond.<br />

Truth be told, the only time we'd see any adults was when our<br />

mothers drove to the park and dragged us off the ice, kicking and<br />

screaming.<br />

Fast forward to the current century and some former Lynnfield<br />

High hockey players are clinging to an age-old North American<br />

tradition they swear by — pond hockey.<br />

As kids, they grew up playing hockey on Pillings Pond. 2006<br />

LHS grad Phil Anderson grew up just across the street on Thomas<br />

Road. He recalled that the neighborhood kids met up every day<br />

after school at the pond to match wits with “the crazy Pillings<br />

Pond lady with the dogs.”<br />

“She always tried to kick us off like she owned the pond,"<br />

Anderson said. “We were only 10 or 11 or so, but it was nothing to<br />

walk down by ourselves. The minute the pond was frozen, we were<br />

there. Even to this day, depending on the weather, if it's frozen, we<br />

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34 | <strong>01940</strong><br />

Young Guns' Brendan Costin<br />

doesn't let the Rippers' defense<br />

stop him from scoring.<br />

Young Guns' Phil Anderson gets ready to<br />

swipe the puck away.<br />

have a group of about 30 guys and usually<br />

one guy will text everyone and we’re out on<br />

the ice.”<br />

The group’s most ardent passion every<br />

year is heading north to Meredith, N.H.<br />

for the annual New England Pond<br />

Hockey Classic on Lake Winnipesaukee,<br />

a weekend-long event full of fun, music,<br />

family activities, and, yes, plenty of beer.<br />

The Young Guns is the name of the<br />

team. Members include former LHS<br />

teammates Anderson, Brendan Costin,<br />

Kevin Maresco, Craig Morton, and Ryan<br />

Smith along with Mike Mondello, Ryan<br />

Heavey, and Matt O'Neill.<br />

While last year’s classic was pure<br />

survival, with wind chills reaching -40<br />

degrees, this year it was so warm the<br />

tournament had to be moved to the<br />

shallower Lake Waukewan to find safe ice.<br />

More than 275 teams participated in<br />

500 games on 26 rinks over three days. The<br />

tournament features a four-on-four format<br />

with no goalies. The rink is about a third<br />

of the size of a regular rink. The goals are<br />

tiny — two 6-inch-tall nets connected by a<br />

foot-long bar.<br />

All ages are welcome. They play in<br />

brackets arranged by age and gender,<br />

and all contestants are playing to win the<br />

champion's prize — a wooden replica<br />

of the Stanley Cup. The ultimate goal is<br />

to make it out of pool play and play on<br />

championship Sunday — and, ultimately,<br />

have their names etched on the trophy.<br />

The Young Guns play in the Open<br />

Division, arguably the most competitive<br />

in the tournament. They’ve won it once<br />

(2020) and were hoping to add a second<br />

title this year, but came up short, losing in<br />

the final 4-3 in overtime to Grassy Pond.<br />

Conditions were brutal in a different sort<br />

of way compared to last year's Arctic freeze,<br />

forcing a last-minute equipment change.<br />

“There was so much slush but we opted<br />

to try to play in skates. We quickly realized<br />

they were chewing up the ice so we played<br />

in boots Friday. It wasn’t as bad as 2022,<br />

when it rained and they plowed the surface<br />

and the ice sank. But by Sunday it was cold<br />

enough to get back in skates,” Anderson<br />

said. “It was tough to lose, but still it was a<br />

great weekend.”<br />

Maresco was the consensus MVP.<br />

“He’s a different breed. He's pushing 40<br />

but still plays like he’s 19,” Anderson said.<br />

The Young Guns have also competed<br />

several times in the the Lake Champlain<br />

Pond Hockey Classic in Vermont. In 2015,<br />

they headed northwest to Minnesota<br />

to play in the U.S. Pond Hockey<br />

Championship. Unfortunately, both of<br />

those tournaments were canceled this year<br />

due to mild weather.<br />

Maresco, a 2004 grad, played a<br />

postgraduate year at Phillips Andover, two<br />

years at the University of Massachusetts<br />

Amherst, and two more at Manhattanville.<br />

He joined the Young Guns in 2015 and has<br />

been playing ever since.<br />

“Last year was brutal, but we’ve had<br />

some good runs and it’s always a good<br />

time,” Maresco said. “But it’s just great<br />

being out there with the people you played<br />

with growing up. There’s a bit of nostalgia<br />

with such a cool backdrop and a different<br />

twist on the game playing with the little<br />

nets. We've had some good years with good<br />

ice and years when it’s a complete disaster.<br />

It’s a real crapshoot, but kind of fun<br />

because everyone is dealing with the same<br />

conditions.”<br />

While tournament rules forbid checking,<br />

Maresco said there is often a little “boys<br />

will be boys” vibe.<br />

“Some of the games get a little heated,<br />

especially on Sunday as rivalries develop

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Members of the Young Guns look on from the<br />

bench as they take on the Rover Kings in the<br />

New England Pond Hockey Classic.<br />

over the years and people know us up there.<br />

You just don’t ever lose the competitiveness<br />

and games definitely can get intense as<br />

the goal always is to win the whole thing,”<br />

Maresco said.<br />

“A lot of us still play men’s leagues out<br />

of Hockey Town, but being outside is so<br />

much more fun. I'm not sure how many<br />

there are, but I am definitely in it for as<br />

long as I can swing it,” he added.<br />

Smith is one of the Youngest of the<br />

Guns, having joined the team in 2019. The<br />

2008 LHS graduate played four years at<br />

Babson College. A highlight of his college<br />

career was playing against Norwich in one<br />

of the first Frozen Fenways. He plans to<br />

play pond hockey indefinitely.<br />

“It’s hard to say what the best thing<br />

about pond hockey is, but I would<br />

say, number one, it’s fun to be outside<br />

competing with others who are also<br />

looking to have a good time playing hockey<br />

together again,” he said. “And it’s a great<br />

way to reconnect with old friends. It makes<br />

you feel like you’re still in your teens.”<br />

So what else makes this pond hockey<br />

thing so addictive?<br />

If anyone knows, it’s Nicholas Wynia<br />

and Tommy Haines.<br />

Haines is one of the founders of<br />

Northand Films, an independent<br />

documentary film production company<br />

that has won awards for its hockey-themed<br />

productions, including its debut documentary<br />

“Pond Hockey,” a 2008 film with<br />

appearances by Wayne Gretzky and Sidney<br />

Crosby that decried the fact that kids’<br />

sports had lost the value of unstructured<br />

play.<br />

A native of Iowa, Wynia is the founder<br />

of Story City Films.<br />

A few years back, Northland<br />

commissioned Wynia to spend three<br />

weeks traveling around North America<br />

shooting photos for “Pond Hockey: Frozen<br />

Moments,” a picture book about pond<br />

hockey.<br />

“I took a lot of pucks off the shins, but<br />

I learned it was as much about people<br />

getting together and fighting the winter<br />

blues, not so much about the game itself,”<br />

Wynia said.<br />

Haines grew up in Minnesota and<br />

started playing hockey at the age of 5.<br />

“The general lure for me has always<br />

been that these lakes, ponds, and rivers<br />

are frozen playgrounds for a few months,<br />

but the game is becoming more and more<br />

special as the winter season is shorter and<br />

shorter,” Haines said. “Each space we play<br />

on is so unique. It’s the camaraderie; it<br />

reminds me of my childhood when it was<br />

unstructured with no rules or systems.”<br />

Haines said that when Northland Films<br />

produced “Pond Hockey,” he thought<br />

unstructured youth play in America had<br />

reached rock bottom.<br />

“But now it's gotten worse,” he said.<br />

“Even so, I continue to hope that parents<br />

learn the value of social importance of<br />

unstructured play, the kind kids get when<br />

they play pond hockey like we did.”<br />

Maresco, Smith, and Anderson will<br />

continue playing and competing, hoping to<br />

bring back the elusive Stanley Cup. They<br />

agree that the best thing about playing<br />

pond hockey is the camaraderie, just being<br />

outside with the guys — and, of course, the<br />

beer.<br />

The worst part of pond hockey?<br />

“It’s playing pond hockey,” Anderson<br />

joked. “But we will absolutely be back in<br />

2025. We're just gluttons for punishment.”

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