Wednesday, December 02, 2009

From Comm. Ave. to Wall Street

The nearly 50-year rivalry between BU’s Jack Parker and BC’s Jerry York, well-known throughout the college hockey world, took a step up to the national news level with today’s Wall Street Journal feature article writtten by BU alumnus Neil E. Boudette. His front-page article, which also quotes Nick Bonino and Bernie Corbett, provides some new ammunition for fans who contend that college sports’ best rivalry is BU-BC hockey—and not Ohio State-Michigan football or Duke-North Carolina basketball.

► Continuing the local rivlary theme, internet radio program Hockey On Campus returns to its regular day and time tonight (7 p.m. ET) with guests including Matt Fults, producer of the BU-BC video, "The Battle of Commonwealth Avenue." Also Minnesota-Duluth Coach Scott Sandelin and Norwich Coach Mike McShane.

► Three current Terriers—sophomores Vinny Saponari and David Warsofsky and freshman Max Nicastro—have been named to the 29-man pre-tournament training camp roster for the U.S. Junior National Team beginning December 17 in Grand Forks. The squad will be pared to 22 for the World Junior Championships in Regina, Saskatchewan, later in the month. Forty-three Terriers have played in the WJCs since 1981. The first was goalie Cleon Daskalakis, while Colin Wilson and Kevin Shattenkirk skated for the 2009 U.S. team. Jack Parker (1996) and John Hynes (2008) have coached Team U.S.A. in the WJCs.

► WTBU has posted its weekly Hockey East Power Rankings. The Terrier, now ranked 9th, will have a chance to move up this weekend with a pair of home games against Vermont and BC.

► CHN’s Avash Kalra looks at whether the past two games will turn the Terriers’ season around.

► An Ithaca Journal follow-up on the BU-Cornell game has Warsofsky commenting on his dustup with Cornell's Sean Whitney, his former teammate at Cushing Prep.

Looking back
Tony Amonte, a member of the 1989 and 1990 WJC teams, was inducted in the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame at a dinner in Boston last night. Following his two seasons as a Terrier, climaxed by reaching the national championship game in 1991, the Hingham native accumulated exactly 900 points (416 goals and 484 assists) in a 16 year pro career. •USA Hockey news release. •Video Q&A with Amonte.

Brandon Yip’s pro debut with the AHL Lake Erie Monsters was delayed nearly two months by a broken hand, but the former Hockey East Rookie of the Year made the most of his first start, scoring in the Monsters’ 6-2 win over Grand Rapids last night. Interview (scroll down for video interview)

Ryan Whitney, whose brother Sean scored Cornell’s first goal in Saturday’s Red Hot Hockey matchup, registered his third goal of the season for Anaheim, beating former UMass goalie Jon Quick, but the Ducks fell, 4-3, to the Kings. Whitney played in the 2002 and 2003 WJCs.

Rick DiPietro, recovering from hip and knee problems, return to the ice Saturday in Bridgeport as he makes a rehab start in goal for the Islanders’ AHL club, the Sound Tigers, against Springfield. DiPietro played for Team USA in the 2000 and 2001 WJCs.

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