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Six Degrees of Tyler Seguin

7 Jan

Last night, I went to the Boston University/Merrimack hockey game.

There I was, just minding my own business, on my way to get a beer.

And this happened….

Tyler says "Go BU! BC Sucks"

I never did get that beer…

P.S. We have excellent taste in hats.

P.P.S. That jacket is fierce.

P.P.P.S. BU won! Office dance party!


Remembering Jack Falla. Writer. Teacher. Backyard Rink Builder.

14 Sep

3 years ago, the hockey world lost a legend.

Jack Falla wasn’t just a great writer.

He was a father.  A grandfather.   A husband.  A teacher.  A friend.

He was an inspiration to many sports and hockey journalists (including me!), so it is today that we remember his life, his talent, and his humor.

Check out his books, “Home Ice” and “Open Ice”.  They are ones that every true hockey fan should read.

I was extremely lucky to have been a student of Jack’s while a journalism major at Boston University.  He taught me so much about writing that I am forever grateful.

So, thanks Jack.

We miss you.

One more skate around the rink, eh?

Jack, Captain of the Bacon Street Omni

We Were Only Freshmen

29 Jun

Chuck and I may have had a class with Chris Drury at BU our freshman year.  No one remembers for sure.  We obviously learned a lot in “Rocks for Jocks” or whatever we were studying, and that knowledge comes in handy today when identifying the sediment strata of the landscape in pictures of Jonathan Toews golfing.

New York Rangers captain Chris Drury has told the New York Post he will accept a buyout of the final year of his contract Wednesday, and become an unrestricted free agent Friday.

Drury signed a five-year, $35.25 million with the Rangers on July 1, 2007. According to CapGeek.com, Drury will count approximately $3.716 million against the 2011-12 salary cap, and about $1.667 million in 2012-13. [NHL.com]

Chris battled injury last year, including that pesky broken finger that really made NYR Fan Steph mad.  He’s 34, has played 12 seasons and tallied 255 goals + 360 assists.  He was part of the ’01 Avs team that I loved so much, along with Ray Borque.  That was a fun year.

And thanks to Wikipedia for doing all this work:

(Terrier) Puppy Love

So… where do 34 year old former captains with possible serious knee problems go?  We’ll have to wait and see.  Let’s hope he gets  a few more seasons in before he’s done (even if he does like the Yankees).
PS: This post makes us feel old. If you don’t know the song from post title, you definitely didn’t have class with us.

Leaving on a…

31 May

Sorry, that’s so cheesy.  It’s official, the Atlanta Thrashers are moving to Winnipeg [link].  This is the second time an NHL team will leave Atlanta for Canada – but they’re really broken up this time.  They’re not getting back together.  Unless they do.

The only way this really affects us is that Chuck and I don’t know anyone in Winnipeg.  Well, except Jonathan Toews’ mom and after we stay there all summer, boating on the lake and having derp face contests, we feel a little needy asking to come back in the winter.  But we will.

Gratuitous picture of BU alum:

Now, what do you call the Winnipeg team?  Dust off the Jets?  I can’t think of another instance where that’s happened, as usually relocated teams take their names with or start fresh in their new digs.  If they’re getting a new name, what would you call them?

The Beanpot – aka the BU Invitational

7 Feb

For the first and second Mondays of February, the four Boston* college hockey teams – Harvard, Northeastern, Boston College, and Boston University – take part in the Beanpot Tournament.  This special hockey tournament has grown to be one of the most unique and anticipated college sporting events in the country.

Winning the silver pot of Boston baked beans is a source of immense pride and bragging rights amongst players, students, alumni, and fans – especially for those of us with ties to Boston University (ie. myself and Pants). In the 59 years that the Beanpot has been played, the BU Terriers have won it 29 times.  That’s about 50%.  Hence the nickname.

We win. Again.
For those of us who have had the pleasure of watching in person, these games are truly special.  No matter what sort of season the teams are having, they always seem to step up when February rolls around.
BU could be considered to be in a “rebuilding” phase and have lost all their games vs. the Eagles.  BC is the defending national champs and atop the national rankings.  But when the puck drops for their semifinal match up at 8pm tonight, all the trials and tribulations of the current season don’t matter.  BU has got history on their side.  For many of BU’s players this year, this is the first time that they will playing in the Beanpot.  I hope they take a moment in the quiet before the national anthem to reflect on that this tournament means.   I hope they take a deep breath before the puck drop to realize how much this means to their fans.

Victory makes us want to hug everyone!

“What the Beanpot means to me? Quite simply, there are two words that come to mind: tradition and emotion. Anyone who has a pulse around here knows about the tradition of the Beanpot. I’m a local kid. I grew up in Scituate. I started coming to the Beanpot about the same time I started playing hockey.” — David Silk, former BU forward and 1980 Olympic gold medal winner

*Writer’s Note: Two of the four teams are not actually IN Boston.  Harvard is in Cambridge, right across the river and Boston College is in Chestnut Hill, MA.

Foxy Friday: Colin Wilson

14 Jan

Wow.  It’s been a while since I’ve posted a Foxy Friday and even longer since it featured a Boston University Terrier.  So, folks, for my 1st FF post of 2011, I introduce you to…

Colin Wilson


Even Shea Weber knows that you can't look directly at a guy as hot at Colin. It's like staring into the sun.

Aside from the obvious physical attributes (6’1″, 214 lbs) and hockey pedigree (Dad was an NHLer for 12 season), Colin or “Willy” as he is affectionately known, is a great young hockey player with serious superstar potential, poise, and a smile that can just mesmerize.  Don’t believe me?  Watch this.  (also, serious Gun Show at the 4 min mark)

Making us all fall in love...

Hey. How you doin'?

Now be honest…you sort of love him now, dontcha?   I know I do.  I want to wake up with him on Sunday morning and do crossword puzzles while we eat blueberry pancakes.  I believe that in a few years, Colin has the potential to become a great ambassador for the NHL and the sport of hockey, a la Sidney Crosby.  He’s handsome, well-spoken, and looks pretty at ease in front of the camera. (Pants, think you had some media training at COM?) Not hard to imagine him staring in CCM ads and Winter Classic teaser trailers.

While not putting up insane numbers or 8 bajillion point streaks (yet), he could.  Colin is the kind of guy that you’d want on your team because he is fun to be around, happy, and unpretentious. He’s sort of a geek with his love of video games, history, and Greek mythology and you know how much we at WUYS LOVE “adorkable” guys like this.  I can watch the History Channel with him and not feel bad about myself.  Also, his love of Greek gods is especially apropos considering that he pretty much looks exactly like one!

Willy, the God of Hockey

Now back to the hockey…which believe it or not, is the real reason for this post…

Other reasons why Colin is Foxy…

  • played two years at Boston University, where he helped lead his team to the 2009 National Championship
  • one of three finalist for the Hobey Baker, losing out to teammate (and fellow FF honoree) Matt Gilroy
  • was Team USA Most Outstanding Forward at 2009 World Juniors
  • USA Hockey College Player of the Year (2009)
  • Inside College Hockey Player of the Year (2009)

So, you see?  It’s really not that hard to see why Colin would make our Foxy Friday list.  He’s got it all.  Crazy hockey skills, movie star good looks, and a smile that can pretty much turn any woman into a pile of goo.

Plus looks like he can really bust a move…

Terrier Dance Party!

P.S.  As a BU season ticket holder for years now, I got to watch Wilson play during his two years there and even then you could tell that he was different. From the minute he stepped on the ice, you knew that this kid was destined for the NHL. He was big and every stride was strong, powerful, and pretty much effortless.  Like Teddy Riley and Blackstreet, Colin was on Another Level.

P.P.S. He also kind looks like hotter, American version of Irish singer, Brian McFadden (of whom I am a fan). Don’t you think so, Pants?