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Garden Grown

John Grzelcyk, Sr., of Charlestown, Massachusetts, spent 50 years working at the Boston Garden laying down the ice for the hometown Bruins. Now, Grzelcyk’s youngest son Matt, who was drafted by the Bruins in 2012, is skating in the Garden wearing the black and gold. John cites the blue-collar work ethic and drive to improve as qualities inherent in people from Charlestown, which Matt says his father instilled in him and are a big part of what ultimately led him to achieve his dream and lace up his skates for the Bruins.

The Man Behind ‘The Miracle’

Charlestown, Massachusetts, native Jack O’Callahan achieved glory as a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal. Known as the “Miracle On Ice,” the U.S. team beat a Russian team of professional players in a huge upset, then beat Finland for the gold. O’Callahan talks about growing up in Charlestown and how the town impacted his life on and off the ice.

The Next Generation of Tough

Miceala Sindoris embodies the things that make Charlestown, Massachusetts, an iconic hockey town. Gritty, determined, and hardworking, Miceala is street aggressive and rink smart. She also is a product of Charlestown in another way, giving back to her community as a volunteer teaching youngster how to skate.


Charlestown, Massachusetts, has been chosen as the first featured town in Pure Hockey’s Home Ice series, highlighting iconic hockey towns across the country.