Statue to be placed at Kreitzberg Arena entrance

new ice hockey statueA statue of a hockey player, in honor of all the past and present hockey players at Norwich University, will be placed at the entrance to Kreitzberg Arena, the home of Norwich University's 2003 National Championship men's ice hockey team.

The statue is a gift from NU trustee Jo-Anne Kennedy, in memory of her late husband John Kennedy, NU class of '63, and was unveiled at the Partridge Society and All Class Reunion luncheon held in Kreitzberg Arena as part of the 2003 Homecoming festivities at Norwich.

The statue, which is a life-size bronze-casting, was designed by Robert Shure of Woburn, Mass., working from several photographs of current Norwich players. The player depicted in the statue wears sweater number 5, which has been worn by a number of significant players in Norwich hockey history, including Kennedy, Allen Doyle (who currently plays professional on the PGA Champions Tour), and all-time scoring leader Keith Aucoin. Sophomore defenseman Ryan Thompson currently wears number 5 for the Cadets.

"It's a beautiful statue, and the quality really reflects the caliber of players and people that the Norwich hockey program has produced throughout the years," said Norwich University hockey coach Mike McShane. "Our hockey program has a very rich tradition, and we are very thankful to the Kennedy family for making this contribution which will enhance the beauty of our wonderful arena."

The plaque on the statue reads as follows; "In Honor of the Norwich Hockey Cadets and in Memory of my Husband, John W. Kennedy, Jr. '1963'; Jo-Anne Kennedy; 2003."

The statue will stand outside the main entrance to Kreitzberg Arena until the proposed connector between the hockey rink and Andrews Hall is finished, at which time the statue will become a centerpiece of the main lobby entrance to the arena.

John Kennedy was a standout hockey player for the Cadets in the early 1960s. His 2.5 points per-game average over his career ranks second all-time at Norwich. He ranks ninth in career points (160) and sixth in career goals (88), while playing in 64 games as a Cadet.

Jo-Anne Kennedy was named to the Norwich University Board of Trustees in 2003.

The statue itself stands six feet tall, and is mounted on a three by six-foot granite base, which is two feet high. The statue weighs 900 pounds, and with a three by six-foot marble base weighs approximately one ton. Shure, the sculptor, has also created statues of Ted Williams (for the Ted Williams Tunnel in Boston), Joe DiMaggio (for the Memorial Park at Yankee Stadium), Grambling State University football coach Eddie Robinson, and General John Stark for the Bennington Battlegrounds in Vermont.

dcaspole@norwich.edu, September 2003

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