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November 21, 2013

Dupere finally gets his day

Player, coach has hockey number retired

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“I had scholarship offers at (Boston University) and St. Lawrence right out of high school, but I wasn’t interested in college at that time,” Dupere said. “I worked for a year after high school, and then I ended up having a good career at Northeastern. I set a bunch of records that stood for a while.”

After college, Dupere played for the Eastern Olympic team. He led that team in scoring in 1965 and 1966 before starting a family and returning to the Amesbury area.

As a hockey coach at Amesbury from 1964 to 1981, he recorded a school-record 222 wins against 100 losses and 38 ties. He was named Cape Ann League Coach of the Year three times, and led Amesbury to Twin State League championships in 1971 and 1972 and CAL titles in 1974 and 1982.

“Coaching was fun for a lot of years,” Dupere said. “If I wasn’t coaching and teaching, maybe I would have played professionally, but that’s the way it goes.”

The jersey retirement ceremony last Wednesday gave Dupere a chance to reflect on a lifetime of hockey.

“It was a tremendous night revisiting old memories,” Dupere said. “It was one of the best nights of my life, the way they did it and the turnout.”

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