THE BRIGHT-LANDRY HOCKEY CENTER
HOME OF HARVARD MEN’S AND WOMEN’S HOCKEY
- Men’s and Women’s hockey coaches’ offices
- Men’s and Women’s varsity locker rooms
- Two additional locker rooms
- Boynton Lounge
- Landry Lounge
- 204 ft. X 87 ft. skating rink
While hockey at Harvard began in 1898 at Franklin Park in Boston, the Crimson has called the Alexander H. Bright Hockey Center home since 1979 and saw its facility renamed to The Bright-Landry Hockey Center in the fall of 2013.
While Harvard’s men’s and women’s teams played out of local rinks in 1978-79, the “renovation” of Watson Rink took place. The concrete walls of Watson’s sides were knocked down and the new borders extended 10 feet in each direction. The wooden ceiling of Watson remained, but a new roof topped it.
The Bright Hockey Center, named after former Harvard Men’s Hockey player Alec Bright ’19, was dedicated on November 19, 1979, when the Crimson hosted the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team in Cambridge. More than 3,000 spectators turned out for the opening of Harvard’s third new athletic facility in three years. Long-time Harvard coach Bill Cleary chose to lengthen the playing surface by five feet to emphasize the skating game he favored. The skating surface is now 204 feet by 87 feet.
As technology improved over the last few decades, so did The Bright Hockey Center. In 2008, it became the first arena in ECAC Hockey to feature a video scoreboard. The four-screened Daktronics display hangs over center ice to provide fans with video and instant replays.
In 2013, C. Kevin Landry ’66 funded the most recent renovation to the Bright Hockey Center, making possible new locker rooms for both Men and Women’s Hockey, a video lounge for film presentations, a concourse honoring the Harvard Hockey history, a weight room, and a training room. Landry believed vehemently that men and women should treated fairly and it was his ultimate objective to ensure the renovation benefited both hockey programs equally. Landry fell ill and passed away before the revamp was complete. However, his wishes were honored by those he left behind and his legacy lives throughout the entire rink. Because of Landry and his family’s continued support over the many decades, the university renamed the facility the Bright-Landry Hockey Center. It seats nearly 2,800 people with additional space for some 500 standees.