Boston Tradition: 61st Annual Beanpot Tournament Starts Tonight
By Kristin Tullo (@K_Tullo)
The Boston College Eagles will be looking to capture their fourth straight Beanpot title when the 61st Annual Beanpot Tournament begins at TD Garden tonight. Boston University and Northeastern University kick off the semi-finals, before the Boston College Eagles face off against Harvard University Crimson. The winners of each game will compete next Monday, February 11th in the Championship game. The losers will compete in a consolation game.
The two day tournament, which began in 1952, is nothing, if not a battle for bragging rights between students and athletes of the four participating schools, but has also become a part of the college hockey culture in an already hockey-crazed region of Massachusetts. Boston College has had the advantage most recently, but Boston University still holds the most Beanpot titles with 29. Boston College has racked up 17 of their own, winning their last two in extra time and topping the Terriers twice in their last three championships. The last time a team other than Boston University or Boston College won it all, was in 1993 when Harvard defeated BU by the score of 4-2. Since then, Harvard has only appeared in the finals twice, losing both in overtime.
“The Beanpot coming up is sure to bring some attention. When they (BC) start to skid or BU is doing well, bragging rights here and there. It’s fun.” – Adam Clendening, former BU Terrier talking about what it’s like to play alongside with former Boston College Eagle’s, Jimmy Hayes and Ben Smith.
The semi-finals and championship games will be broadcast live on NESN. For a complete listing on where to watch and listen to the games, check out BeanpotHockey. The first puck drops at 5pm.
Boston College (15-7-2) leads the Hockey East standings and is 2-1-0 against the Terriers (10-8-1) this season. The Eagles hold the same record against the Northeastern Huskies (7-13-3), who have one win against Boston University.
NHL Drafted Participants in the 2013 Beanpot:
Matt Grzelcyk,Boston University: Boston Bruins 85th overall in 2012
Wesley Myron,Boston University: Vancouver Canucks, 177th overall in 2012
Danny O’Regan,Boston University: San Jose Sharks, 138th overall in 2012
Sam Kurker, Boston University: St. Louis Blues, 56th overall in 2012
Wade Megan,Boston University: Florida Panthers, 138th overall in 2009
Matt Nieto, Boston University: San Jose Sharks, 47th overall in 2011
Sean Maguire, Boston University: Pittsburgh Penguins, 113th overall in 2012
Colin Sullivan, Boston College: Montreal Canadiens, 198th overall in 2011
Teddy Doherty,Boston College: Florida Panthers 23rd overall in 2012
Patrick Wey,Boston College: Washington Capitals, 115th overall in 2009
Isaac MacLeod,Boston College: San Jose Sharks, 136th overall in 2010
Kevin Jayes,Boston College: Chicago Blackhawks, 24th overall in 2010
Johnny Gaudreau,Boston College: Calgary Flames, 104th overall in 2011
Bill Arnold, Boston College: Calgary Flames, 108th overall in 2010
Danny Biega, Harvard: Carolina Hurricanes, 67th overall in 2010
Alex Fallstrom, Harvard: Minnesota Wild, 116th overall in 2009
Jimmy Vesey, Harvard: Nashville Predators, 66th overall in 2012
Petr Placek, Harvard: Philadelphia Flyers, 176th overall in 2011
Brian Hart, Harvard: Tampa Bay Lightning, 53rd overall in 2012
Colin Blackwell, Harvard: San Jose Sharks, 194th overall in 2011
Josh Manson, Northeastern University: Anaheim Ducks, 160th overall in 2011
Kevin Roy,Northeastern University: Anaheim Ducks, 97th overall in 2012
Vinny Saponari,Northeastern University: Atlanta Thrashers (Winnipeg Jets), 94th overall in 2008
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