Memories of a lifetime

BOSTON – After
the Boston University Terriers defeated the Boston College Eagles by a score of
3-2
; Fenway Park saw their last big time hockey game on a national level. But, one
thing is for certain; outdoor hockey games have a bright future in the United
States.

From the events at the Winter Classic to the end of Frozen
Fenway, the NHL, Hockey East, Fenway Park and the city of Boston
hit a home run with all the events. But as we all know, all good things must
come to an end for outdoor hockey in Boston.

“I don’t know if there’s one thing that can really jump out
[from this experience],” said BC senior captain Matt Price. “The whole
experience of being able to play here was unbelievable. Everyone from the Red
Sox and Hockey East and everyone who was involved did a great job in putting on
a really good show for us.”

While this will be the last significant outdoor hockey game
(on a national level) that will be played in Boston, this will not be the last
outdoor hockey game during the calendar year.

In fact, three outdoor games are scheduled within 11 months,
two of which will take place in Madison, Wisconsin, when the Badgers host a
women’s and men’s doubleheader. The Wisconsin women’s team will take on
Minnesota in the first game, while the men will take the ice against Michigan
in the second game.

And this won’t be the last outdoor game in the calendar year
that the Wolverines will play in either. On December 11, 2010, the Maize and Blue will face in-state
rivals Michigan State in what is being labeled “Cold War II” – the first “Cold
War” took place at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

While the Philadelphia Flyers, the Northeastern Women’s
Hockey team and the BC Men’s Hockey team came out on the wrong end of things,
both can acknowledge that this was a memorable experience taking part in an
outdoor hockey game at Fenway Park.

But, the significant experience would go to the Boston
Bruins
, the New Hampshire women’s team and the BU Men’s team for being the
victors.

“We told our team [prior to the game] that it was going to
be a memorable experience for both teams,” said BC head coach Jerry York. But,
it was going to be a significant experience for the team that wins. So we had a
lot of memories, but I kind of feel like [Flyers head coach] Peter Laviolette.

“It was a terrific experience, but we lost the game.”

York’s long time counterpart, Jack Pakrer, can add to that
experience of being at Fenway as two of the legendary college hockey coaches
provided another chapter in the BC-BU rivalry.

“Halfway through the third period, I said Jerry York and the
referees ‘How lucky are we? How Lucky are we to be involved in this?’” said
Parker. “I have a lot of gratitude for the opportunity to coach my team in such
a fantastic venue, in the game we will remember as long as we live.”

BU defenseman David Warsofsky, who scored BU’s first goal at
the 6:58 mark of the first period, pretty much summed up the experience, and
the dream come true moment of playing at Fenway Park.

“Every kid dreams about coming to a game at Fenway,” said
Warsofsky. “To be a part of something like this is definitely a special
opportunity.” 

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