"Unless you’re real dumb or you don’t want to go to school at all and want nothing to do with school, or you're an 18 year-old phenom that is going to be in the NHL at 19, college hockey is the way to go," Parker said.
Thank you, citizens of Massachusetts, for your attention to this important announcement. You may now return to brawling over who shoveled out the good parking space and pretending amateur sports — outside of BU-BC hockey and the gambling lines on the first round of March Madness — do not exist.*
* No one denies this.
The Boston University men's hockey team saw the final door to its NCAA tournament hopes slam shut on Friday when Western Michigan beat Michigan 5-2 in the semifinals of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association tournament on Friday night.
While the Terriers' chances of making the NCAA tournament were slim after losing to Northeastern University on Sunday, a Western Michigan win was the only scenario on Friday night that could have officially eliminated BU from the NCAA tournament.
Two miles inbound on Commonwealth Avenue, things aren't so rosy. The train still runs, shuffling BU students to class or their internship or a few blocks to their favorite watering hole, but for Terrier hockey fans, the yellow light announcing the vehicle's destination looms a painful reminder both of where they are and where they are not, what they had and what they don't have now.
"BOSTON COLLEGE," it reads.
It is not often that hockey programs get the opportunity to take part in an event like this, let alone UConn's program. Outdoor events like this are meant for Michigan, Minnesota or North Dakota. Not Connecticut. In fact, the only reason Boston College and Boston University were able to play outdoor hockey last season was because the rink was set up for a bigger event at Fenway Park: the Winter Classic between the Bruins and Flyers. Although Sunday's event is only possible because of the AHL's Connecticut Whale and its ownership group, it's still uncommon for teams like UConn to get the chance to host a game in the elements.
We got beaten by BC on Friday night, 3-2. The Eagles swept the regular-season series.
I have a bad taste in my mouth after writing that. It feels like I just swallowed poison. Let’s see how it feels if I quote a headline from SBNation’s BC Interruption blog:
Still doesn’t feel good. Feels worse, actually."