Stoneham High School

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Athletic Hall of Fame




Hall of Fame Inductees - Class of 2008


  Francis "Buddy" Chambers
1955 - Hockey



Francis “Buddy” Chambers exploded onto the Stoneham High School hockey landscape as a dazzling, lightning-in-a-bottle freshman for the 1951-52 season.

As an eighth grader the previous year, Chambers had set numerous records for the Spartans undefeated junior Suburban Hockey League champions. Thus the advance report from The Stoneham Independent sports columnist (and Hall of Famer) Frank Burns opined that a club with Buddy centering the second line might be elevated to contending status in the highly competitive GBI. “If he clicks, the club might go places,” wrote Burns in his pre-season analysis. His words proved prophetic. With Buddy pivoting the second line, the Spartans defeated Medford in their season opener - the first SHS season opening victory since the Cliff Thompson GBI champion squad of 1937. Chambers’ solid regular season was merely a prelude to his sensational performance in the playoffs.

Chambers was named to the All-New England tourney team, the first freshman ever so honored. GBI champions, MET finalist, and New England consolation round winners over West Haven (CT.), the Spartan skaters were feted at a Town Hall gala attended by parents, fans, classmates, and luminaries of the hockey world such as Boston Bruins star Bill Quackenbush. Buddy established himself as the team’s most prolific offensive weapon as a sophomore, tying for the league lead in goals, while finishing third in overall scoring and being named to the GBI All-Star team. The Spot Ponders claimed back-to-back GBI championships for the first time since 1936-37. Unfortunately, due to illness in his family, it would prove to be the highlight of Buddy Chambers’ final varsity hockey season. In just two seasons his legend became firmly etched in Stoneham sporting lore. A shooting star that due to circumstances beyond his control left the stage far before his time.

Buddy currently lives with his wife, Carol, in Woburn and they have 5 children.

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