Thursday, October 14, 2010

Blast from the distant past

A USCHO poster pulled a real gem out of the Life Magazine archives on the Internet. Nearly sixty years ago, the Jan. 22, 1951 issue included a photo feature on a series of college games at Boston Arena, now Matthews Arena. It brought together the four teams that had competed in the previous season’s NCAA tournament—BU, BC, Colorado College and Michigan—which the Wolverines won.

The article's focus was on BU’s standout forward Jack Garrity who had led the nation in scored as a freshman with 51-33-84. The first night, Garrity, a BU Hall of Famer who played in the 1948 Olympics prior to attending BU, scored twice as the Terriers avenged the previous season’s loss to the Tigers with a 7-4 win. Michigan edged the Terriers, 3-2, two nights later.

BU fans may recall that at the 2009 Frozen Four in Washington, D.C., Jack Parker had Garrity, then 83, fly up from Florida to address his team. Check Parker's comment to Chris Drury about Garrity in this New York Times blog post.

College Hockey News named the Terriers Team of the Week for their efforts in the Ice Breaker.

Looking back
Luke Popko, a defensive standout for BU the past four seasons, has signed on with the Ontario (Calif.) Reign, the ECHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.

Nick Bonino, who suffered a mild concussion last Friday night against Lake Erie, skated in practice for Syracuse today and expects to be in the Crunch lineup Friday against Adirondack.

Colin Wilson notched his first goal (video) of the season in Nashville’s 3-2 win against the Blackhawks. posted a bio of Wilson's grandfather, Jerry, also a 6-2 center, who had a brief NHL career with the Canadians before injuries forced his retirement. He later went to medical school, became an orthopedist and was named team physician for the Winnipeg Jets. Colin's father, Carey, also was an NHL player and Canadian Olympian.

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