There will definitely be an adjustment period, especially for some of the younger guys, but I feel like once our team gets together we'll be a tough team to beat. Our goal, as always, is to win another National Championship and I feel like we have a good opportunity to accomplish that feat if we are able to play up to our potential. Our coaches have been down this road before and more often than not once trophy season comes around they'll have us playing some exciting hockey.
We're not going to look at this season like we are defending a National Championship. Other teams may look at it that way - that they have to knock down the reigning champs. We're going to look at it like we have to attack teams just as much as they're going to attack us. We're not sitting back and defending anything. We want to go out and win another National Championship.
The Greenville Road Warriors announced today the team has signed rookie defensemen Edwin Shea and Brock Shelgren for the 2012-2013 season. Both players come to the Road Warriors having spent the last four years playing Division I College Hockey.
The defending national champions are one of the elite programs in the nation and always have to deal with quality players leaving the program due to graduation or professional hockey opportunities. This year might have hurt more than most, but the Eagles are certainly still among the top teams in the country. We’re a little concerned about where some of the scoring might come from with Chris Kreider already joining the New York Rangers and the graduation of Barry Almeida and Paul Carey who combined to score 40 goals last year. Milner proved he’s one of the nation’s best goalies and might have to carry this team as it finds its way in the first half, but as usual, BC will be there in the end.
Did You Know? #NYR's Chris Kreider is the 1st player in NHL history to score 2 GWGs in same postseason in which he played his 1st NHL game.
"You have to remember, he didn’t come from the University of Nowhere," York said. "Chris played in two world junior championships for Team USA and was a part of two N.C.A.A. titles with us. But you do have to give him credit for stepping into the biggest market in the country and not just looking comfortable, but excelling."
York is not alone with his Boston College pride. After Kreider’s third-period star turn, Parker Milner, his goaltender at Boston College, wrote on Twitter: "Are you kidding me, Kreids. Word is they are chanting Kreider at MSG."
What we do have is a terrific mindset that once you enter our program, you are an "Eagle," and that’s way above any individual pursuits here, like All-America honors or Hobey Baker honors. Then there is that feeling that we share this with each other – we care for each other, kind of a cultural thing, a BC thing. That is what separates us from a lot of other teams. Other teams have gotten good players, and have mastered the Xs and Os, but our emotional involvement in winning games and chasing trophies is what drives our whole engine.
Every kid in South Jersey knows John Gaudreau now," said Gaudreau’s father, Guy, ice hockey coach at Gloucester Catholic High School. "They want to do what he’s done, which is pretty difficult, but it’s good to have dreams."
A victory tonight, and BC captures its third national championship in the past five years — something that hasn't happened since Denver won in 1958, 1960 and 1961.
Yeah, that pretty much makes you the baddest cat in the alley.
Tomorrow night, BC will don their gold throwback jerseys & FSU will wear their maroon jerseys for a true maroon and gold match-up #BCFrozen4