In front of an enthusiastic Boston hockey crowd, alumni from the Boston University and Boston College hockey programs played in the Commonwealth Avenue Charity Classic at Walter Brown Arena Friday night and raised $55,000 for Compassionate Care ALS and the Travis Roy Foundation.

It was a game that brought smiles to the players and fans with 21 goals scored during 45 minutes of play and, more importantly, donations through ticket sales and raffles for hockey memorabilia to benefit both causes.

“Hockey has the tightest group of athletes that there is,” said Pat Mullane, a former BC hockey player who runs the Comm Ave Charity Classic. “It’s hard to get NHL players on the ice over the summer, especially on a Friday night. But a lot of them reached out to me and said they couldn’t wait to play. It goes to show that the hockey community is so willing to support one of their own [in Travis Roy as well as Pete Frates].”

Roy crashed awkwardly into the boards during his first shift for the Terriers in 1995, cracking two of his vertebrae and leaving him a quadriplegic. Since his injury, he has gone on to raise awareness and find a cure for spinal cord injury victims through the Travis Roy Foundation.

Frates, representing Compassionate Care ALS, was a Boston College pitcher who was diagnosed with ALS and has since raised awareness through the viral Ice Bucket Challenge.

Both of these men were a part of a ceremonial puck drop before the game, with Roy emphasizing the importance of the Boston hockey family and how much it means for a city to stand together against both ALS and spinal cord injuries.

“We are all here for Pete and Travis and how they inspire everyone,” said Nick Bonino, a former Terrier fresh off of a Stanley Cup victory with the Penguins. “We’re happy to all participate with their initiatives and what they do for the community, so it’s fun to play some hockey and raise money doing it.”

The game itself was everything a Boston hockey fan could have asked for, but BC fans went home a little happier than their BU counterparts, as the Eagles beat the Terriers 13-8.

Kevin Hayes started the scoring just 34 seconds into the game and stayed a consistent threat throughout the game with two goals and three assists. BU would go down 2-0 before fighting back in the last three minutes of the period and ending it with a buzzer beater from Sean Sullivan, one of the strongest defensive defensemen in the school’s 21st-century history.

The second period had its moments, ranging from a Danny O’Regan goal that sent the BU crowd back into a frenzy, to BC’s Dave Spina getting one past netminder Matt O’Connor that left those same fans speechless. The period ended with BU only down one after yet another buzzer beater, this time by Evan Rodrigues.

BC pulled away in the third, outscoring BU 7-3 in that period, including two empty-netters that all but sealed a victory for the maroon and gold.

“It doesn’t get any more fun than playing BC-BU,” said Johnny Gaudreau, the Calgary Flames’ 2015 Calder Award finalist who scored a hat trick for the Eagles. “Last year they took it to us, but this year thankfully we got the win. But it’s still a ton of fun for both teams, and it’s great to see guys you played with and played against.”

For the past and present Bruins on the ice, Shawn MacEachern, a Terrier who ended his career on the Bruins during the 2006 season and currently coaches local hockey, scored one and netted an assist. Meanwhile, Jay Pandolfo, known for his stellar college career at BU where he earned 167 points through 133 games, earned two assists. As for the Eagles, current Bruin Jimmy Hayes scored the first of two empty-netters late in the third and had two assists.

No matter the score, players from both sides were happy to play with former teammates, old heroes they looked up to, and of course, for legendary coaches Jerry York and Jack Parker.

“It brings back a lot of memories,” said Chris Higgins, who was part of BU’s 2009 national title team. “In the locker room and on the bench, guys were just talking about the good old days. [And Jack Parker] came in after one of the periods, joking around, and started yelling at us trying to pick it up.”

Parker, retired since 2013, was amazed with how well the event went, from gathering players to raising money, and was happy with how well tonight went for both foundations despite the loss.

“It’s amazing how many NHLers we have from BC and BU and how much fun it is watching them play,” said Parker. “And obviously, this was all for a good cause.”

Blog Author: 
James Mattone

Boston College announced Tuesday that it will retire the numbers of former football stars Luke Kuechly and Matt Ryan in ceremonies this fall. Kuechly’s No. 40 will be retired Oct. 22 at the Eagles’ game against Syracuse, while Ryan’s No. 12 will be retired Nov. 19 during a contest against UConn.

Boston College announced Tuesday that it will retire the numbers of former football stars Luke Kuechly and Matt Ryan in ceremonies this fall. Kuechly’s No. 40 will be retired Oct. 22 at the Eagles’ game against Syracuse, while Ryan’s No. 12 will be retired Nov. 19 during a contest against UConn.

“On behalf of Boston College and Eagles fans everywhere, I would like to congratulate Luke and Matt on this well-deserved honor,” BC athletic director Brad Bates said in a statement. “Matt and Luke represent the very best of intercollegiate athletics and personify the Jesuit principle of ‘men and women for others.’ Both enjoyed brilliant collegiate careers and have gone on to enjoy success in the NFL. Beyond the gridiron you would be hard-pressed to find two gentlemen who conduct themselves with more integrity, disciple, generosity and kindness. They make all of us very proud.”

Kuechly was a two-time consensus first-team All-American and in consecutive seasons he led the nation in total tackles, tackles per game, solo tackles and solo tackles per game. His 532 career tackles is the most in BC history. In 2012 he won several postseason awards including the Dick Butkus Award (most outstanding linebacker), the Lott IMPACT Trophy (college football’s defensive best in character and performance), the Bronko Nagurski Award (top defensive player in college football) and the Rotary Lombardi Award (best linebacker in college football).

The linebacker was drafted ninth overall by the Panthers in 2012 and won the AP Defensive Rookie of Year that season. In 2013 he was named the AP Defensive Player of the Year. Despite suffering a concussion in Week 1 last season, Kuechly was able to help the Panthers establish one of the best defenses in the league and guide them to the Super Bowl. Last season he became the first linebacker to have multiple interception return touchdowns in a season during the Super Bowl era. In September 2015, Kuechly signed a five-year, $62 million extension, which gave him the highest annual average salary among middle linebackers.

“It’s a tremendous honor to have my jersey retired,” Kuechly said. “It is very important to me because of the love I have for Boston College and the memories I created not only on the field but throughout all of campus. It’s an honor to have my name in Alumni Stadium along with Doug Flutie, Mike Ruth and the other great players who have been recognized. I truly enjoyed my time at Boston College and would definitely choose BC if I had to do it again.”

In 2007 Ryan helped BC get off to an 8-0 start and a No. 2 national ranking and ultimately led the Eagles to an 11-3 record, their best since 1940, and an ACC Atlantic Division championship. That season, Ryan set the record for the BC single-season passing yards with 4,507 and won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm (given to the nation’s top senior quarterback), the Manning Award (given to the nation’s top quarterback) and ACC Player of the Year.

In the 2008 draft the Atlanta Falcons took Ryan third overall, and he rewarded them by winning AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

“Boston College is an amazing place,” Ryan said. “I am very fortunate to have had so many great memories during my college years at BC. I continue to be so fortunate with the retirement of my jersey and I am humbled that it will hang in Alumni Stadium with BC legends Doug Flutie, Mike Ruth and now Luke Kuechly. I’m so thankful for the guidance of all my coaches and the support of all my teammates during my time on campus. Football is the ultimate team sport and without their contributions none of this would have been possible.”

BC previously has retired jerseys to pay tribute to 10 others. In addition to Flutie and Ruth, the honored include Art Donovan, Bill Flynn, Gene Goodreault, Mike Holovak, Lou Montgomery, Charles O’Rourke, Tony Thurman and Louis Urban.

Blog Author: 
John Hand

Frozen Fenway is returning to Fenway Park with a pair of Hockey East doubleheaders on Jan. 7 and Jan. 14. The first Saturday will feature Boston University vs. UMass and Boston College vs. Providence, while the second weekend pits Maine vs. UConn and Northeastern vs. New Hampshire.

College hockey has previously visited Fenway in 2010, 2012 and 2014. This will be the fourth Frozen Fenway game for BC; third for BU, Northeastern and Maine; second for UMass, Providence and UNH; and first for UConn.

“Hockey East and our schools could not be more excited to take the ice once again at Fenway Park,” said Hockey East commissioner Joe Bertagna in a statement. “Once Frozen Fenway 2017 is complete all 12 Hockey East schools will have played an outdoor game at Fenway Park, creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for the players, students, alumni and fans.”

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh also announced a free public skate for Boston residents on the Fenway rink on Monday, Jan. 16. Game times, ticket information and additional Frozen Fenway games and events will be announced in the coming months.

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin
Charlie McAvoy went 14th overall to the Bruins. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Charlie McAvoy went 14th overall to the Bruins. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Boston University had a pretty good Friday night. The Terriers had a rising sophomore and three incoming freshmen selected in the first round of the NHL draft, tying a record for the most first-round picks from a college or Canadian junior team in a single draft.

Incoming freshman center Clayton Keller was the first Terrier off the board, as he went seventh overall to the Arizona Coyotes. Then the Boston Bruins took defenseman Charlie McAvoy, a rising sophomore, with the 14th pick.

Incoming freshman defenseman Dante Fabbro went three picks later to the Nashville Predators and incoming freshman winger Kieffer Bellows (son of former NHLer Brian Bellows) went two picks after that to the New York Islanders at 19.

Keller and Bellows played on the same line for the U.S. Under-18 Team last season, with Keller putting up 37 goals and 70 assists in 62 games and Bellows notching 50 goals and 31 assists in the same number of games.

McAvoy had three goals and 22 assists in 37 games for BU as a freshman, but 19 of those points came over his final 22 contests as both his offense and defense improved as the season went on. Fabbro tallied 14 goals and 53 assists in 45 games with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League.

Four other college or major junior teams had previously had four players selected in the first round. The 2006 University of Minnesota team was the only other college team to do it, but those four never actually played together — Phil Kessel had already played his freshman year and turned pro after the draft, while Erik Johnson, Kyle Okposo and David Fischer all came in after the draft.

This of course all comes with the caveat that the three incoming freshmen actually play for BU and don’t go pro or jump to major juniors. However, none of them appear to be much of a risk to do either of those, although there will certainly be rumors generated from major juniors because that’s what people in those circles do.

College/major junior teams who have had four first-round picks in one draft:

1969 Montreal Jr. Canadiens
Rejean Houle, Marc Tardif, Andre Dupont, J.P. Bordeleau

1972 Toronto Marlboros
Billy Harris, Steve Shutt, Dave Gardner, George Ferguson

1979 Brandon Wheat Kings
Laurie Boschman, Brian Propp, Brad McCrimmon, Ray Allison

2006 University of Minnesota
Erik Johnson, Phil Kessel, Kyle Okposo, David Fischer

2016 Boston University
Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy, Dante Fabbro, Kieffer Bellows

Blog Author: 
Scott McLaughlin

Boston College was eliminated from the NCAA baseball Super Regional on Sunday by Miami in a winner-take-all game that included a near-brawl after the Hurricanes gloated over the game-clinching grand slam.

Boston College was eliminated from the NCAA baseball Super Regional on Sunday by Miami in a winner-take-all game that included a near-brawl after the Hurricanes gloated over the game-clinching grand slam.

Needing a victory to secure their first spot in the College World Series since 1967, the Eagles dropped a 9-4 decision that wasn’t decided until Edgar Michelangeli’s grand slam in the seventh inning put the game away.

That’s also when things got heated, because Michelangeli flipped his bat halfway up the first base line and then appeared to yell in the face of Boston College catcher Nick Sciortino as he crossed home plate, according to the Boston Herald. That led Eagles first baseman Mitch Begras to jaw with Miami’s Willie Abreu before the two started pushing and shoving, leading to both benches emptying. No players were ejected.

The finish couldn’t put a damper on the best BC baseball season in nearly 50 years. The Eagles finished 34-22 and took Miami to the limit in their three-game series, forcing Sunday’s decisive game with a victory on Saturday afternoon.

Michelangeli was too much in this one, however, as his three-run homer off of starter Jacob Stevens in the second gave the Hurricanes a 4-0 lead.

The Eagles halved their deficit in the fourth on Donovan Casey’s two-run single, but never get closer thereafter.

Blog Author: 
WEEI

The Boston College baseball team beat the Miami Hurricanes, 5-3, Saturday in Coral Gables, Fla. for its first-ever Super Regional win.

For that, they can thank in large part to a player who was drafted during the game.

BC pitcher Mike King was earning the win over the Hurricanes at the same time he was being taken by the Miami Marlins in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft.

The junior right-hander allowed three runs on nine hits, helping the Eagles sit on the doorstep of their first College World Series berth in 49 years.

The Eagles and Hurricanes will play a winner-take-all game Sunday, with the winner heading to Omaha, Nebraska. Miami, who last won the national title in 2001, would be headed to the World Series for a second straight season.

Boston College, which is now 2-14 all-time at the home of the Hurricanes, is scheduled to send out freshman right-hander Jacob Stevens (4-3, 2.14 ERA) for Sunday’s game. Miami is slated to start sophomore right Jesse Lepore (9-0, 2.20)

For a complete box score, click here.

Blog Author: 
WEEI

The 2016-17 Providence Friars won’t have Kris Dunn or Ben Bentil, but they will have a challenging non-conference slate before heading into Big East play for the New Year.

The school on Tuesday announced the team’s non-Big East schedule, which will be highlighted by games against ACC, Big Ten and Atlantic-10 rivals, plus an early-season tournament appearance at the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Florida.

The Friars will open their 2016-17 non-conference season on Nov. 14 at home against Vermont from America East. Providence then will play at Ohio State in the Gavitt Tipoff Games on Nov. 17.  The Friars will return home for two games with Grambling (Nov. 19) and Brooklyn’s St. Francis (Nov. 21), which are part of the Emerald Coast Classic. Providence then will play its final two games of the Emerald Coast Classic in Destin, Florida, against traditional power Memphis of the American Athletic Conference (Nov. 25) and then either Iowa or Virginia on Nov. 26.

The hectic start to the season will give the Friars six games to play in a span of 13 days.

Providence’s next game at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center will come Nov. 30 when the Friars host New Hampshire. The game against UNH will be the first of six consecutive home games for the Friars at the Dunk.

After hosting arch-rival Rhode Island on Dec. 3, Providence will play Brown on Dec. 6, UMass on Dec. 10, Wagner on Dec. 17 and Maine on Dec. 20, all at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The Friars will close out their non-conference season with a road game at ACC rival Boston College on Dec. 23. The Big East conference schedule, which has tipped off the past three seasons on or around New Year’s Eve, will be released at a later date.

PROVIDENCE 2016-17 NON-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Nov. 14, home vs. Vermont
Nov. 17, at Ohio State (Gavitt Tipoff Games)
Nov. 19, home vs. Grambling (Emerald Coast Classic)
Nov. 21, home vs. St. Francis (Brooklyn) (Emerald Coast Classic)
Nov. 25, vs. Memphis (Emerald Coast Classic at Destin, Fla.) 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 26, vs. Iowa/Virginia (Emerald Coast Classic at Destin, Fla.) 4 or 7 p.m.
Nov. 30, home vs. New Hampshire
Dec. 3, home vs. Rhode Island
Dec. 6, home vs. Brown
Dec. 10, home vs. UMass
Dec. 17, home vs. Wagner
Dec. 20, home vs. Maine
Dec. 23, at Boston College

Blog Author: 
John Rooke

Boston College announced Monday that redshirt sophomore quarterback/wide receiver Troy Flutie has been suspended from the team after his weekend arrest for operating under the influence of alcohol.