Last week, we announced the members of the inaugural BC Interruption Hall of Fame class, one by one. Here’s a breakdown of all the 2017 honorees in case you missed any of those posts. (In order to be eligible for the BCI Hall of Fame you must a) have contributed to BC athletics in a valuable way and b) no long be playing at or working for Boston College.)
Alex Carpenter: She graduated from college in 2016, but Carpenter is already one of the top women’s hockey players to ever play the game. She’s a Patty Kazmaier winner, an Olympian, and a IIHF Word Championship gold medalist. Carpenter leads all BC hockey players, male or female, with 278 career points at BC. She recently finished up her rookie season in the NWHL and led the league in assists.
Doug Flutie: Flutie, the winner of the BCI reader poll, is perhaps the name most closely associated with BC sports by the general public. Flutie, a Heisman trophy winner with over 10,000 yards in passing and 67 touchdowns at BC, helped the Eagles to become a respected football team. He also contributed to one of the best sports moments ever.
William J. Flynn: Flynn was the AD that oversaw BC’s transformation into a university with strong athletic programs. He oversaw the construction of Conte Forum, Alumni Stadium, and the Flynn Rec Plex. He also expanded the number of women’s varsity programs, some of which have become BC’s biggest successes (besides MIH).
Pete Frates: Frates earned a spot in the BCI HOF for his baseball skills and for his work off the field. Frates played baseball for four years at BC and was named captain as a senior. He the third all-time program leader in stolen bases with 34, and fifth all-time with 20 sacrifice hits. To non-BC fans, Frates is perhaps better known as one of the founders of the Ice Bucket Challenge, which has raised more than $115 million to help fight ALS.
Rev. J. Donald Monan: Father Monan is the longest serving President in BC history. His support of athletics allowed Flynn the freedom to invest in new facilities, and his focus on student athlete academic helped BC to become a leader in graduation rate. Father Monan is also responsible for getting BC out of debt and turning the school into an internationally known institution.
Tyrese Rice: Rice played a role in some of BC basketball’s most memorable games. He scored 2,099 points during his 4 seasons as an Eagle and is the 5th all-time scorer in program history.
Matt Ryan: Ryan is currently one of the better known BC alumni, as the AP Most Valuable Player and Offensive Player of the Year after a terrific NFL season. Ryan led BC football to victory in a number of big games, including his final game as an Eagle in the Champs Sports Bowl. Ryan also led BC to the ACC Finals in 2007.
Kelli Stack: Boston College is known for having great hockey programs, but the WIH program would not be what it is today without Kelli Stack. Stack is an Olympian, and IIHF Word Championship gold medalist, and has played in both the CWHL and NWHL. Scoring 54 points as a freshman, Stack led the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament. By choosing to attend BC, Stack helped to turn the Eagles into a top destination for the best recruits.
Congrats to all of the honorees!
(If your favorite is missing from this list, make sure to nominate them next summer when we induct our 2nd HOF class!)