Wendell A. Barwood Arena
About Wendell A. Barwood
Wendell A. Barwood, was a long time resident and supporter of hockey in the Hartford Community and the entire Upper Valley. Mr. Barwood was a 1943 graduate of Hanover High School, and graduated from the University of Vermont in 1949. Following graduation, Wendell worked for the Mutual of New York Insurance Company. He purchased Drown & LeBourveau Insurance Co. in White River Junction in 1960, and later Watson & West Insurance Co., changing the name to Barwood Insurance Agency. He served as President of the Vermont Association of Insurance Agents and the New England Agents Association Advisory Board. He was a Director of the Burlington Mutual Insurance Company. He retired in 1989 and enjoyed farming at his home in White River Junction. Mr. Barwood was a longtime member of the Town of Hartford Parks & Recreation Commission serving as chairman for six years. He was an avid ice hockey player, playing varsity ice hockey at Hanover High School and later at the University of Vermont. He became a NIHOA registered ice hockey official, refereeing high school, prep school and college games and was manager/player of the Hanover Storm Kings in the 1950's. He coached youth hockey in both the Hanover Youth program and the Hartford Youth program. He was an initial supporter and the principal fundraiser for the BOR arena in White River Junction and continued a fundraising program until his death in January of 2011. This arena, once known as the BOR was renamed the Wendell A. Barwood Arena in his honor in 2009.
The WABA Reaches Many
Our facility features a variety of uses by users throughout the entire Upper Valley as well as visitors from all over New England.
Events Include: Hartford Highschool Varsity and JV boys and girls hockey games, various youth and adult hockey leagues practices and games. Tournaments, public skating, birthday parties, youth and adult skating lessons, flea markets and sales events.