On Saturday, September 17, the Lane Family and St. Sebastian’s alumni, parents and friends of Arrows Hockey gathered to celebrate the life of Henry T. Lane ’49, P’77 - longtime teacher, hockey coach and Athletic Director of St. Sebastian’s - and to rededicate the Henry T. Lane Rink, following the near completion of the Henry T. Lane Rink Project.
The day began with a Memorial Mass for Henry under the tents on the West Campus fields. The Mass was led by Fr. John Arens, with Henry’s daughter, Jennifer Lane Pitts, serving as a reader. Following a moving video highlighting Henry’s tenure at St. Sebastian’s, guests were treated to tributes from his friends and family. Jack Sullivan ’66, P’00 recalled touching, and at times comical, memories of Henry, his former hockey coach, friend, and best man in his wedding. Headmaster Burke then gave a heartfelt speech honoring Henry and thanked the many members of the community who supported the Henry T. Lane Rink Project, vastly improving the rink facility for both skaters and spectators. Mark Lane ’77, Henry’s son, shared the many wonderful memories he had with his father while growing up and attending St. Sebastian’s.
Guests then made their way down to the hockey rink for the rededication of the Henry T. Lane Rink, originally dedicated on January 11, 1997. Mark and Jennifer Lane unveiled the new Henry Lane tribute plaques and Fr. John Arens blessed the rink. Guests then had a chance to view the improvements, with many alumni stopping to peruse and find themselves on the Arrows Team Display wall, with photos of each of the 79 varsity teams since the hockey programs inception in 1943. Many made their way to view the new ice level warming room featuring photographs and plaques celebrating the achievements of many teams and players and muraled walls flanking the entrance to the warming room, celebrating the rich heritage and history of Arrows Hockey. Families then laced up and took to the ice.
Through the support of over 200 donors to the Henry T. Lane Rink Project, the School was able to revitalize the rink with the new ice level warming room and displays of the Arrows Hockey legacy, the installation of state-of-the-art boards and glass, new permanent viewing stands, a tribute wall to Henry, improvements to the west and east walls, and new scoreboards.