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Appleton Rink To Honor Torrey Family Legacy

CANTON - St. Lawrence University announced today that the ice rink inside the newly renovated Appleton Arena will be named to honor the Torrey family, originally from Montreal. The building will remain named Appleton Arena to recognize the original contribution from the Appleton family in the tradition of Saints Hockey. The Torrey Rink will recognize 100 years of engagement with the University by members of the Torrey family, since their arrival on campus in 1920. 

"The renewed Appleton Arena extends a remarkable heritage in college hockey. It's equivalent to the greatest sporting venues in America — Fenway, Wrigley, the Rose Bowl. There is none other like Appleton," said President William L. Fox '75. "Naming the ice of Appleton for a distinguished Laurentian 'century family' — with its presence on both sides of the St. Lawrence River — brings together a story set apart like none other."

One of the anonymous major donors to the project decided to use their gift to honor the Torrey Family, who have made significant contributions to the University as volunteers and philanthropists. The impact of their generosity can be felt across campus as they have supported capital projects to create the Diana B. Torrey '82 Health and Counseling Center, the Sandy MacAllaster '78 Soccer Field, The MacAllaster Room on the northside of Owen D. Young Library, and most recently the Legends of Appleton Room inside the renovated Appleton Arena. 

"Without question, it is most fitting that the Torrey and Appleton legacies will be joined in such an iconic venue," said former Saints head men's hockey coach Joe Marsh. "The rich history of Appleton Arena provides the perfect backdrop to highlight the remarkable generosity shown by both families to St. Lawrence University, over so many years."

Arthur '24, who served as Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Josephine '24 Torrey entered St. Lawrence, nearly a century ago, in the Fall of 1920. They were the first of four generations of family members to attend the University. All four of their children joined the Laurentian campus and alumni community, including the late David L. Torrey '53, P82, GP'07, who served on the University Board of Trustees for 30 years. Their daughter Barbara Torrey MacAllaster '51 had three children, including David MacAllaster, who was a University Trustee for three years. Arthur and Josephine's other son William "Bill" Torrey '57, was a former St. Lawrence men's hockey player, revered National Hockey League general manager, an inductee to the Hockey Hall of Fame located in Toronto, Canada and recognized as one of the first Legends of Appleton. A fourth child, their daughter Jane Torrey Stauffer graduated from St. Lawrence in 1962.

The completely donor-funded project has raised $18.5 million and will provide St. Lawrence's NCAA Division I men's and women's hockey programs with renovated and new state-of-the-art facilities, and will enhance the fan game experience. The building dedication and Legends of Appleton Weekend will take place on February 7 and 8, 2020. A second phase of the project will also expand Appleton to support the Saints' NCAA Division III men and women's lacrosse, field hockey, softball and the men and women's rowing teams. Plans and construction drawings have been completed, including a nearly 5,000 square foot Division III Strength and Conditioning area. The University is currently seeking a lead gift for the second phase and that portion of the renovation will begin when fundraising has been completed for that phase.

The project is supported by The Campaign for Every Laurentian, the largest comprehensive fundraising initiative in the 164-year history of St. Lawrence University.

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