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Dartmouth alum and pro hockey player Ben Lovejoy will donate his brain for science

New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) clears the puck as Vancouver Canucks left wing Loui Eriksson (21), of Sweden, tries to get his stick on it during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy (12) clears the puck as Vancouver Canucks left wing Loui Eriksson (21), of Sweden, tries to get his stick on it during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, in Newark, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Dartmouth College graduate and Stanley Cup champion Ben Lovejoy has announced he will donate his brain for concussion research after he dies, according to The Hackensack Record.

The move makes the 33-year-old defenseman the first active National Hockey League player to pledge such a donation.

Lovejoy won the 2016 Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. He now plays defense for the New Jersey Devils. In August 2016, the Orford native chose to spend his day with the Cup in the Upper Valley, going from his summer home in Enfield back to his old Dartmouth stomping grounds, all with the Cup in tow. Valley News sports editor Greg Fennell accompanied on his Upper Valley victory tour. Read about Lovejoy’s homecoming here.

Good thoughts: Meditation helps Rivendell athletes get their heads in the game

Rivendell girls soccer assistant coach Stefanie DiSimone leads the girls in meditation before a game on Sept. 14, 2017 in Orford, N.H. DiSimone was instructing them to relax their shoulders. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Sports reporter Josh Weinreb recently spent some time with the Rivendell girls soccer team, which has begun incorporating mindfulness exercises and yoga techniques into its practices. It’s all part of assistant coach Stephanie DiSimone’s effort to help her players decompress and shift their focus into the moment.

Gotta say, as an ex-athlete and current yogi myself, I’m all for this. Read the full story here.

Orford fire department remembers Charlie Waterbury

Today marks one year since the death of Orford firefighter Charlie Waterbury, who died after suffering a medical emergency while fighting a brush fire in Lyme.

A procession transporting the body of Orford firefighter Charlie Waterbury back to the Upper Valley following an autopsy in Concord drives under a large American flag in Lebanon, N.H., on July 26, 2016. Two Lebanon Fire Department ladder trucks were supporting the flag. Waterbury, 56, died Sunday while helping to fight a brush fire in Lyme. (Valley News – Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.