Sunday, February 08, 2009


Once again for those who can’t be in Boston tomorrow, there are Beanpot Watch parties throughout the country. Click here for a link to those locations and reservation details, along with an invitation from Coach Jack Parker. A pre-game party is scheduled from 6- 8 p.m. tomorrow at The Greatest Bar across the street from TD BankNorth Garden. Reservation details are here. For New Jersey based fans looking for a place to watch the game, Miami Mike’s in the Whippany Ramada Inn will provide multiple screens for Terrier fans.

Wherever former Terrier goalie John Curry watches Monday’s Beanpot final, he’ll likely have a familiar face with him, as Bryan Ewing was called up to Wilkes Barre/Scranton from Wheeling. Ewing, who was second in ECHL scoring with 60 points (29-31) in 44 games, reports to the Baby Pens in time for today’s game against Norfolk.

Last Friday was the 21st anniversary of one of the most memorable Beanpot games ever. BU routed BC, 12-5 in a preliminary round game the night that the Blizzard of ’78 hit Boston, stranding the hundreds of fans who stayed until the game’s end, as described on our THIS DATE IN TERRIER HOCKEY page. Terrier play-by-play broadcaster Bernie Corbett relates a post-game anecdote in his book, The Beanpot: 50 Years of Thrills, Spills and Chills:

By the time we had made it to Kenmore Square, going up
Commonwealth Ave., it was obvious, to us at least, that we wouldn’t be having classes the next morning. Our captain, Jack O’Callahan, as we’re just crawling on Comm. Ave, went
up to Jack and said, “Hey Coach, it’s gonna be an awful long
walk from Walter Brown Arena down to the Dugout Café,
where we’d like to retire for a few ‘coffees and cokes.’Would
you mind if we just pulled the bus over and just got out

Well, obviously Coach Parker wasn’t going to pull the bus
over at the Dugout Café and let us out. So, in his infinite
wisdom, he decided to tell the driver to pull another fifty
yards up the road to the BU Chapel. He said to the guys,
“Okay, fellas, anyone who wants to go to Mass is welcome to go to Mass.”
Looking ahead
2009 recruit Justin Courtnall scored a goal and an assist last night in Victoria’s 6-3 win over Burnaby, raising his point total to 58 in 54 games for the first place BCHL team.

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