Learned to skate in Sackville, played first hockey at Amherst Stadium
Anaheim Ducks DiPenta has Amherst connection
AMHERST Al and Beryl Glover have a special reason to watch the NHL playoffs and its not because theyre diehard hockey fans.
Unknown to most Amherst and area residents is the fact that Anaheim Ducks defenceman Joe DiPenta grew up here and played his first hockey at the Amherst Stadium.
I was out the other day and someone was talking about the playoffs and how they were cheering for Vancouver because theyre a Canadian team. I asked him if he knew that Joe DiPenta lived here for several years, Al said Wednesday while looking over a number of newspaper clippings of DiPentas career.
DiPenta was born in Barrie, Ont. and moved as a child to Sackville, N.B. where his father, Barry, worked for Enterprise Foundry. The family later moved to Amherst when Barry went to work at Waldale Manufacturing and stayed here for three years.
He learned to skate at Allison Gardens and played his first hockey at the rink in Amherst. I remember he won an award in his first year, it was an Esso medal for most sportsmanlike player and he got it at the fire hall, DiPentas monther, Judy, said last night.
The DiPentas lived next to the Glovers on the Meadowpark Drive in a home now owned by Joe Dupuis. They moved to Cole Harbour when Joe was seven years old and his hockey career took off from there.
He still remembers his time in Amherst and still has friends there, Judy said. He used to spend a lot of time there in the summer with Craig Sigut, they were best friends.
The Glovers still keep in close contact with the DiPentas. They were invited to Joes wedding in Mexico and attended his wedding reception in Cole Harbour while they are also invited to his sisters wedding this summer.
Al Glover is not surprised their former neighbour has made it to the NHL.
He was a very determined boy. You knew he was going to go places, he said. He wasnt the type of boy who knew how to quit. He said he was going to play in the NHL and we believed him.
Now that more people know DiPentas Amherst roots, Glover is hoping therell be a few more Anaheim fans through the remainder of the playoffs.