Boston College Daily Links: Johnny Hockey vs. The Jagr

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Daily Links for Thursday, May 22

Good morning! At 9 AM in Belarus, the IIHF World Championship quarterfinals feature the USA vs. the Czech Republic. That means a battle between Johnny Gaudreau, who is becoming one of the stories of the tournament, and hockey legend Jaromir Jagr:

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via BC Athletics (Twitter)

Fun fact that made its way around Twitter yesterday: Jaromir Jagr was in his 5th NHL season the year Johnny Gaudreau was born.

The irreplaceable Chris Peters of United States of Hockey had a nice look back at Worlds so far.

2014 IIHF Men’s World Championship: Team USA Progress Report Heading into Medal Round | The United States of Hockey

Coming into the tournament, the U.S. Men's National Team was short on name recognition (outside of the diehards out there) and long on youth. With the newer format that only the top four teams advance to the quarterfinal at the 2014 IIHF Men's World Championship, getting in was bound to be difficult.

HockeyBuzz.com - Colin Dambrauskas - Johnny "Hockey" Gaudreau; Skill Over Size?

So how about Johnny "Hockey" Gaudreau folks? For anyone who has been paying attention to the IIHF World Championship, you have likely seen a few video replays from Team USA forward and Calgary Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau.

The game will be streamed live on NBCSports.com, and will air on NBCSN on a 30 minute delay (WTF) at 9:30 AM.

Johnny Gaudreau isn't the only BC hockey alum scoring jaw-dropping goals this spring. Check out what Brian Gibbons did last night for the AHL Penguins:

WATCH: Brian Gibbons scores goal of the postseason for AHL Pens (CBSSports.com)

The dangles on this goal above, oh man the dangles. It's insane how he just weaves through the defense like they're not even there and then finished the play with the goal. It probably wouldn't have hurt the Providence Bruins to throw a body in there but my goodness. We'll just nominate this one for the goal of the postseason, regardless of the league.

Sorry UMass: Sun Belt opts against expansion… for now (CollegeFootballTalk)

The phrase "adding a 12th all-sports member" doesn't bode well for UMass as the athletic department is looking for a league home for its football program, not every other sport as well. Whether the university's stance would change come 2015 is unclear.

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Oh hey Heather Dinich & crew are back in town two weeks in a row in their ultimate ACC road trip, this time for BC-USC:

ACC football Ultimate Road Trip 2014: Week 3 (ESPN ACC Blog)

Can the Eagles pull off the big upset and give the ACC a signature nonconference win early on? Don't underestimate this bunch, as it gave Florida State all it could handle last season during the Seminoles' national title campaign. And a night-game atmosphere should only contribute to the frenzy. Any time we can pit L.A. against Boston in any sport, we should sit back and enjoy what's in front of us. So hop on a flight to Boston, enjoy all that the city has to offer (I recommend Grill 23 for dinner Friday night) and take in what promises to be the best atmosphere of the Addazio era for the Eagles.

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