, Salem, MA


June 7, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Prep's Mackey not ready to give up on his dream


The founders of the “Look Up Line” are Pingree graduate Thomas Smith (’08), who suffered two spinal cord injuries while playing hockey, Timothy Roberts of the Buffalo Sabres (’87), and Stefan Brannare of the Pittsburgh Penguins (’97).

They firmly believe the line will lessen the impact of dangerous plays. For young hockey players it serves as a reminder to lift up their heads and be aware the boards are very near, and for more experienced players it acts as a warning that harsher penalties for dangerous hits could be assessed in this area.

Orange was the color chosen because it doesn’t interfere in any way with the blue or red lines on the ice, and also because it is associated with caution and slowing down.

Smith has been very active in helping to prevent spinal cord injuries like the ones he suffered, and he founded the Thomas E. Smith Fight To Cure Paralysis Foundation.


Jean DePlacido is a long-time correspondent for The Salem News. You can contact her at




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