Friday, August 21, 2009

Fenway press conference update

Reported by buoldtimer

Adding some color to previous news reports, here are some tidbits from yesterday’s news conference announcing the January 8th Hockey East doubleheader at Fenway Park between UNH and Northeastern (women) and BC and BU (men).

• Current Terrier players attending the press session were Ross Gaudet, Kevin Gilroy, Andrew Glass, Nick Bonino and David Warsofsky.

Mike Sylvia, Peter Donatelli and BU assistant coach Buddy Powers were among former Terrier players looking on.

•Sam Kennedy of the Fenway Sports Group (Red Sox) emphasized that the doubleheader brought together elements of diverse groups and sports. To illustrate this fact, he mentioned that Bill Monbouquette, a Red Sox pitcher from the 1950’s-60’s and a twenty-game winner in 1963, was among those attending the press conference.

• The rink will sit in the outfield. Center ice will be in short center field. One end will be where the 3rd base seats jut out toward left field. The other end will be in right field.

• During his remarks, Kennedy referred to Hockey East commissioner as a “legend”. When the bemused Bertagna stepped to the microphone, he mentioned he was aware that comment must have caught the attention of and amused Jerry York and Jack Parker.

• Jack Parker noted the deficiencies in the ancient Fenway Park locker rooms and joked that it may be better for his team to dress for the game in their dorm rooms.

• During the question and answer session that followed the formal remarks, we spoke to USCHO Senior Writer Scott Weighart who is writing a book about BU’s 2008-09 season. Weighart said that the writing is basically complete. After editing, the 6 x 9 book will contain 220 – 240 pages, with 16 pages of pictures. The title will be “Burn the Boats: A Seven-Championship Season for BU Hockey.” Weighart interviewed roughly a dozen players from last season’s team as well as all four coaches in preparation for writing the book. Currently, Terrier captain Kevin Shattenkirk is reading the manuscript as a form of “reality check.”

Additional coverage of the press conference:
Hockey East
(video report)
The Daily Free Press
New England Hockey Journal
WEEI Radio

► 2011 recruit Cason Hohman scored the third goal for the U.S. U17 Selects in a 4-3 win over Switzerland in the Five Nations tournament in Fussen, Germany. Hohmamn’s second-period slapper hit the post and went into the net. Video Link . Hohmann is #14 in blue.

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