By Nancy Reardon
MethuenLife Writer

A beloved Methuen High teacher and hockey coach – whose early death has left a hole in this community – was remembered in an extra-special way last month.

The third annual Brianna McCarthy Memorial Hockey Tournament was held on Ranger Road. On Feb. 19, the Methuen/Tewksbury Red Rangers girls’ hockey team took on Masconomet Regional High School. The Red Rangers not only won this game, 5-1, but they went on to beat Arlington Catholic 2-1 in an overtime shootout to be named tourney champs!

Brianna passed away April 15, 2021 at the age of 30 years old.

An English teacher at Methuen High School, she was admired and loved by her peers as well as her students. Brianna was also the assistant coach of the girls’ varsity Red Rangers hockey team as well as the freshman class advisor.

Sarah Doucette, also a coach for the Red Rangers, started the memorial hockey game in honor of her friend Brianna, who truly loved coaching the team and teaching at MHS. The scholarship is available to any senior or manager on the Red Rangers hockey team from Methuen or Tewksbury. Forms are available in the guidance office. To date, close to $20,000 has been given out. This year, a total of nine scholarships will be awarded.

All proceeds raised, including those from a 50/50 raffle, will go toward the Brianna M. McCarthy Memorial Scholarship fund. Donations can also be made through Venmo at @BMM-Scholarship.

These special nights of hockey and camaraderie certainly showed how much of an impact Brianna had on others.

Brianna’s parents Barbara and Brian and sister Bridget along with many aunts, uncles and cousins as well as many of Brianna’s extended family and friends, were in the stands cheering on their Red Rangers.

“The championship game was so much fun. We are so thankful for all the teams who participated,” said Brianna’s mom Barbara. “As a parent of a child who has passed, you always want them remembered.”