When Boston College Hockey started fundraising for their 100% privately-funded locker room renovation, it wasn’t just for the men’s team. The women’s team new digs are every bit as impressive and flashy as the men’s teams.
BC unveiled its new locker rooms on Monday through the men’s team’s new instagram account, followed by a news release on BCEagles.com. If it weren’t for the nameplates on the new lockers, you’d never be able to tell which locker room belonged to which team.
Men’s hockey head coach Jerry York was a big reason that both locker rooms received top-to-bottom renovations.
"At BC, we're blessed to be surrounded by great people," [Women’s hockey head coach Katie] Crowley added. "Jerry York had the vision for both teams to take on these renovations and was instrumental in making these projects happen.
Both locker rooms aren’t just good looking — they’re also chock full of state-of-the-art features.
The redesigned spaces were both enlarged, and now include separate wet and dry locker rooms, coaches' areas, equipment spaces and lounges. Saunas were also installed in both the men's and women's locker rooms.
Each student-athlete now has two separate lockers: one for their hockey equipment and one dry space for their personal belongings. The dry lockers include multiple charging stations for the student-athletes' phones and tech devices.
The players' stalls in the main team rooms were designed by Longhorn Locker and include backlit nameplates and LED lights around the foot-locker portion of the stall. Additionally, all of the stalls have their own individual ventilation systems, which are vented through the Conte Forum HVAC system and have individual fans to dry the hockey equipment.
Both lounge spaces include DreamSeat coaches, 90-inch televisions and ping-pong tables. Smart Board teaching stations were installed to allow for game film analysis and X/O instruction.
Perhaps the most important thing about the renovations — aside from making the athletes on BC’s most successful programs very, very happy — is that this should be a boon for recruiting. As forward Caitrin Lonergan put it, “No one in the country has anything like this.”
But even aside from the locker room itself, if you’re an elite high school player, you’re going to want to come play for a university that is truly a hockey school — not just a men’s hockey school. It’s a particularly strong move from BC given the timing: it comes during an offseason that saw one of the nation’s top programs unexpectedly cut the sport.
It’s awesome to see Boston College going in the other direction entirely.
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