Roland ‘Bird’ Lavigne
Nicknamed the “Bird”, Roland grew up in Berlin and played three seasons for Notre Dame High School. He captained the 1961-62 team that captured the New Hampshire State Championship and then represented our state in the New England Schoolboy Hockey Tournament in Providence, R.I, where he was recruited by the Boston Bruins.
He attended the Bruins’ training camp in the fall of 1963, traveling to Niagara Falls, Ontario and Victoriaville, Quebec.
He played two stints for the Berlin Maroons, the first from 1962-63 through 1965-66 and the second from 1967-68 through 1971-72.
From 1965 through 1967, he served in Vietnam in the U.S. Army Military Police.
In 1967-68, the Maroons captured both the Senior A.H.A. New England and A.H.A National titles and he was a 1st Team All-Star selection in the tournament.
Always a top scorer, he led the Maroons in production in the 1968-69 season. He had 20 goals, 24 assists for 44 points. In the 1969-70 season, he again led the Maroons with 31 points on 13 goals and 18 assists. In the 1970-71 season, he scored a career high 55 points on 21 goals and 34 assists.