The Acton Boxboro Hockey Legacy is rich and deep in hockey lore. You might recognize the names Brooks, Sweeny, Bourbeau, Barasso, Higgins, Houle, O'Brien, Dyer, Barton, Davis. We can now add the name of Chris Laighton to this starry roster. This four-year varsity hockey player was the Division II Massachusetts State Scoring Champion with 68 points. He was the 1988-89 Lowell Sun "Player of the Year" and a Boston Globe and Boston Herald "All-Scholastic."
In the era when "select" youth hockey teams and high school athletes were eschewing the public schools at all age levels, Chris Laighton stayed loyal to Acton Boxboro, to him, for Blue and Gold were what really mattered to him.
His hard work, conditioning and talent allowed him to matriculate to UMASS Dartmouth where his career culminated in a 54 point season in 1993-94. Chris was voted UMD Team MVP and ECAC North/Central/South First Team All-Star. It was this same year, in a rare daily double; Chris accentuated his consistency in scoring more than 100 points in high school and college. Yet, his teammates will tell you that his desire and the importance of team, be it at practices, bus rides or in the locker room and with his teammates made him the outstanding leader and person of great character.
Chris and his wife Jill have three boys - Cody, Zackary and Sammy. They currently reside in Boxboro. For the past three years Chris has been an AB Youth Hockey Coach and an 18 year Engineer at Raytheon. Chris' favorite AB moment was connecting with his long time friend and teammate Mike O'Brien for the game winning overtime goal of the Lowell Sun Christmas Tournament Final against Triton.