Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Beanpot Fever

The 57th Annual Beanpot Tournament is five days away, and despite the presence of a league game, BU’s rematch with Merrimack, on the schedule this Friday, excitement over Boston’s annual “city championship” event is building.

The Beanpot Luncheon featuring the coaches and captains of all four teams was held yesterday and we’ll provide coverage as it becomes available. (AP Photo: Chris Drury with Beanpot after 1998 title game win, 9-6, over Harvard; Drury was Beanpot MVP in 1996; his brother, Ted, won the award in 1993, skating for Harvard.)

The Hockey on Campus radio program airs tonight from 7-9 p.m. ET and features the 3rd annual Beanpot Preview. Scheduled guests for show that airs on AM890 ESPN in Boston and 1400-AM in Lowell and streams online at, are:

● Tournament Director Steve Narzo from The Garden
● Harvard Coach Ted Donato
● BU Coach Jack Parker
● BC Coach Jerry York
● Northeastern Coach Greg Cronin

This week' program will be broadcast from Brandy Pete’s in Boston’s Financial district. Fans are invited to attend have their photo taken with the Beanpot. Bring a camera.

NESN will air its one-hour program “The Beanpot - Boston's Tournament" on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m., Jan. 28 at 3 p.m., Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., Feb. 2 at 4 p.m., Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., Feb. 4 at 2:30 p.m., Feb. 6 at 5:30 p.m.

The New Jersey Devils are in town to play the Bruins tomorrow and are practicing at Agganis Arena today. Also in town from the Metro New York area is an MSG Network crew, doing a feature story on former BU captain and All-American--and currently Rangers captain--Chris Drury.

Looking ahead
2009 recruit Justin Courtnall followed up this past weekend’s hattrick with a two-goal effort last night in Victoria’s 6-3 win over Alberni Valley. The win keeps the Grizzlies in first place in the Island Division of the BCHL’s Coastal Conference, just behind Salmon Arm for the overall league lead. Courtnall’s 2 goals give him 52 points, one more than his 51 last season, and good for 18th in BCHL scoring.



dakourtz said...

From INCH - Hobey Baker Status - C. wilson, currently # 3 :

The Buzz: Wilson has been on the Hobey Tracker radar all year long, but cracks the Big Board this week as the Terriers picked up yet another win over crosstown rival Boston College. Wilson had five assists last week in three games for the Terriers, and is tied with BC's Brock Bradford and UNH's James van Riemsdyk for the scoring lead in Hockey East. Wilson is doing it and making an impact for a better team

nick said...

He's now #1:

To Date: 9-21—30, 4 PPG, 3 GWG, +9
Since Last Tracker: 2-2—4, GWG, +3 in weekend sweep of New Hampshire

The Buzz: Wilson has been virtually unstoppable since returning from his stint with the U.S. team at the World Junior Championship. In six games in January, Wilson has 2-7—9 and his current five-game point streak matches his season best in that department. And like it or not, the Beanpot Tournament, which starts Monday – BU opens against defensively challenged Harvard – is arguably the biggest regular-season event in college hockey. A strong showing there can enhance Wilson's chances greatly.

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