The New England Athletic Center is hosting a charity hockey event for the West Tuttle Foundation

In his dedicated 26-year career as General Manager of the New England Athletic Center, the 10-track facility at the intersections of Interstates 295 and 495 in Marlborough, Wes Tuttle has been a proud social father who put his soul into providing hockey to thousands of boys and girls in the Northeast.

And continuing to develop, they skate with laces, hold hands, and pursue their dreams on the ice—whether they come true at high school, junior, college level, or the National Hockey League.

His impact was profound until his untimely death at the age of 62 from a heart attack on September 19, 2020.

“It was all about his girlfriend [city] His lifelong friend, John Butler, a former boys hockey coach at Marlborough High, said:

“He had a passion for encouraging young kids to get on the snowboard and the excitement of a game he played and loved. Away from the game, he calmly helped many behind the scenes without any fanfare. He always put the person first and did the right thing for him even when no one was watching. This What made Wes Tuttle so loved by everyone who knew him.”

In his honor, Butler and others started the Wes Tuttle Foundation, which will raise funds to be awarded annually to young student-athletes who face financial challenges that are impeding their path to success—through youth hockey programs and high school through scholarships.

On Sundays starting at 2 p.m., three hours after Marlborough High competes for Hanover at TD Garden for the Division 3 state title, an ice fundraising event will be held at the New England Athletic Center.

The first event will be an exhibition game featuring former players who skated with Tuttle either at Marlborough High or the Minuteman Flames Youth Program. Then at 3 p.m., longtime friends Tuttle will skate in two 25-minute runs against the Boston Bruins Alumni.

According to Butler, the foundation has already raised $175,000, with previous players raising more than $75,000. The total number is expected to exceed $200,000 after Sunday’s event.

“It’s going to be a great day for Marlboro and Wes Tuttle,” Butler said. “He’s watching from above and pulling strings!”

In addition, the Foundation is working with the City of Marlborough and Mayor Arthur G. Vigent to locate a plot of land that could be developed into a hockey and street hockey facility. With enough funding, another goal is to have a refrigerator system for a winter outdoor rink in honor of Tuttle.

For those who would like to donate to the foundation, visit

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