At St. John’s Prep, a Salute to Honor, Sacrifice and a Life of Servant-Leadership

The day any American soldier graduates from U.S. Army Ranger School, they pledge to “shoulder more than my share of the task, whatever it may be.” When it comes to Derek Hines ’99, killed in action in Afghanistan in 2005, there may be no better way to distill the measure of the man than those 12 words. In recognition of an extraordinary native of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker participated in on-ice ceremonies commemorating Hines prior to Saturday’s 10th anniversary edition of the Derek Hines ’99 Memorial Game. The Eagles faced off against Clippers of Newburyport, Hines’ hometown, at the Essex Tech Sports Center in Middleton.


In the course of a stirring and compassionate pregame remembrance, St. John’s unveiled a lasting memorial to Hines that will become a permanent part of the Circle of Honor on the school’s campus. The Prep also formally retired Hines’ No. 23 ice hockey jersey. Proceeds from the annual game benefit the 1st Lt. Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund, which provides financial relief for Massachusetts soldiers and their families. As part of the on-ice tribute, collections for the Fund taken up by friends of St. John’s Prep hockey were presented to Derek’s parents, Sue and Steve Hines—an amount totaling more than $12,000.


“We at St. John’s are fortunate to call Derek one of our own, and we are heartened to know his powerful story serves as an inspiration to past, present and future generations of young men,” said St. John’s Headmaster Dr. Edward Hardiman. “I think that Governor Baker’s presence here today underscores the solemnity of this occasion and the scope of Derek’s influence.”


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