By Jayson Hajdu
It’s one of the most anticipated events on the college hockey slate each season and this year it turns 70.
The 70th edition of the annual Beanpot tournament gets underway Monday at TD Garden in Boston, starting with Boston College versus No. 8 Harvard in the opener, followed by No. 3 and defending Beanpot champ Boston University against No. 20 Northeastern in the nightcap.
The tournament crowns its champion the following Monday.
The Beanpot was first played on Dec. 26, 1952, and has become the centerpiece for college hockey bragging rights in the city of Boston. Pre-tournament coverage of this year’s event includes this terrific profile piece by the Boston Herald.
It was also announced that BU alum and current Boston Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk will be inducted alongside his father into the Beanpot Hall of Fame.
Elsewhere around the country, other top-20 PairWise matchups include:
- #2 Quinnipiac at #9 Harvard (Friday)
- #16 UConn at #19 Northeastern (Friday)
- #6 Penn State at #8 Ohio State (Friday, Saturday)
- #14 Notre Dame at #18 Michigan State (Friday, Saturday)
Associated Press: Paul Henderson to celebrate 80th with grandson on the ice
Boston Globe: Matt Grzelcyk is headed to the Beanpot Hall of Fame, and in a surprise, so is his father
Boston Herald: Harvard’s Ted Donato is the Dean of the Beanpot tournament
Boston Herald: NU’s Aidan McDonough building a legacy in the Beanpot
College Hockey News: Controlling the dot: Hockey East’s top faceoff guys show off its importance
College Hockey News: Colorado College shows growth against DU, Tigers get another crack this weekend
College Hockey News: Team of the Week: Minnesota Duluth
FloHockey: A week of celebrations and noteworthy numbers
New England Hockey Journal: Six players having breakout seasons in New England college hockey
USCHO: Recent CC-DU game at Ball Arena ‘really a great story of everybody pulling together’
USCHO: After sluggish first half, Bentley picking up pace since holidays with stretch drive approaching
CHN Insiders Podcast: Featuring Michigan head coach Brandon Naurato
ECAC Coffee With a Coach: Featuring Dartmouth head coach Reid Cashman
Inside Atlantic Hockey: Featuring RIT sophomore F Carter Wilkie
Inside ECAC Hockey: Featuring Colgate junior F Alex Young
The CCHA Show: Featuring NMU head coach Grant Potulny, LSSU senior F Louis Boudon
The Rink Live Weekend Rewind: No. 1 SCSU swept by UMD, Hockey Day Minnesota recap
USCHO Spotlight: Minnesota Duluth's Scott Sandelin on Bulldogs, NCHC
USCHO Weekend Review: Another sweep of No. 1, plus PairWise peculiarities
NCHCHockey.com: The Rise of the NCHC: Dropping the Puck (Episode Two)
Alton the Family:
It was a weekend to remember for Canisius sophomore forward Alton McDermott (Oakville, Ontario).
On Friday, McDermott scored twice – the first multi-goal game of his collegiate career – to lift his Golden Griffins to a 5-2 win over Battle of the Bridge rival Niagara.
The following night, McDermott’s grandfather – none other than hockey legend Paul Henderson – dropped the ceremonial faceoff prior to the rematch with the Purple Eagles. Henderson, who was celebrating his 80th birthday, played 13 seasons in the NHL and five more in the WHA. He is best known for scoring the series-clinching goal in the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and Russia.
Riding a Mile High:
It was a pretty good weekend for defending NCAA champion Denver, too.
DU reclaimed sole possession of first place in the NCHC with a 2-0 win over Colorado College on Friday, the first game in their annual Gold Pan series. The game was played in front of 17,952 fans at Ball Arena, home of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. According to DU Assistant Director of Communications & Digital Media Ron Knabenbauer, it was the largest indoor crowd in NCAA Division I men’s hockey since Feb. 10, 2018.
“Just an immense amount of pride tonight for the hockey community, but obviously specifically for our fans and the brand and the following that we have within the state and city of Denver,” said head coach David Carle.
It was the Pioneers’ 20th victory of the season, marking the 21st time in the last 22 seasons that DU has won 20-plus games.
Noticing the Nanooks:
Alaska has rattled off eight wins in 10 games since the start of December. During that time, the Nanooks clinched their 12th consecutive Governor’s Cup – the annual rivalry series with Alaska Anchorage – and earned road victories against then-top-ranked Denver and then-No. 17/19 Notre Dame.
The Nanooks have been terrific all season long at suppressing shots against (23.7 per game), ranking fifth nationally in that category. That’s allowed Alaska to be a top-10 team defensively, yielding just 2.3 goals per game. Between the pipes, Holy Cross senior transfer Matt Radomsky (Winnipeg, Manitoba) has been a steady presence, going 13-9-2 with a 2.13 goals against average and .909 save percentage.
Up front, Minnesota grad transfer Jonny Sorenson (St. Louis Park, Minn.) has scored a team-leading and career-high eight goals in 24 games. His 16 points tie him for the team lead with sophomore Payton Matsui (Lakeville, Minn.), who has already nearly tripled his freshman output of six points in 26 games.
You Can Quote Me On That:
“I played in the last game at the old Garden and the first game in the new Garden. Being a Boston kid, whether it was high school or college, it was all about getting to the Garden.”
-- Harvard head coach and former Boston Bruin Ted Donato ahead of the 70th annual Beanpot tournament at TD Garden in Boston (source: Boston Herald).
NHL Note of the Week:
Twelve NCAA alumni – more than one-fourth of the 46 total players chosen – have been named to the rosters for the Saturday’s 2023 NHL All-Star Game, representing nine different college programs.
First-time selections include Seattle’s Matty Beniers (Michigan), the New York Rangers’ Adam Fox (Harvard), Philadelphia’s Kevin Hayes (Boston College), the New York Islanders’ Brock Nelson (North Dakota), and Buffalo’s Tage Thompson (Connecticut).
Repeat participants include Columbus’ Johnny Gaudreau (Boston College), Winnipeg’s Connor Hellebuyck (Massachusetts Lowell), Arizona’s Clayton Keller (Boston University), Detroit’s Dylan Larkin (Michigan), Colorado’s Cale Makar (Massachusetts), Anaheim’s Troy Terry (Denver), and Ottawa’s Brady Tkachuk (Boston University).
Fries at the Bottom of the Bag:
St. Cloud State senior F Jami Krannila (Nokia, Finland) enters the weekend with 98 career points … Omaha freshman G Simon Latkoczy (Trencin, Slovakia) has logged shutouts in each of his last two starts … Canisius honored hockey legend Paul Henderson, grandfather of sophomore forward Alton McDermott (Oakville, Ontario), with a ceremonial puck drop prior to Saturday’s game against Niagara. It was Henderson’s 80th birthday. McDermott scored a pair of goals one night earlier in a 5-2 win over Niagara … Arizona State’s 4-0 win over St. Thomas on Friday was the 100th career NCAA victory for ASU head coach Greg Powers … Michigan Tech senior G Blake Pietila (Howell, Mich.) tied his own school record with his NCAA-leading seventh shutout of the season in Friday’s 3-0 win over Northern Michigan. It was also Pietila’s 17th career goose egg, extending his school record in that category … Bowling Green sophomore F Austen Swankler (North Huntingdon, Pa.), the CCHA Forward of the Month, enters the week with an 18-game point streak that is the longest in men’s college hockey since Kyle Connor finished the 2015-16 season with a 27-game run.
College Hockey Inc. Resources:
- College Hockey Inc. Media Center
- College Hockey National Pronunciation Guide
- NHL Matchup Tool
- NCAA Alums in the NHL This Season
- Former Collegians in NHL Front Offices
- College Players With 1,000 NHL Games
- College Players 1,000 Career NHL points
- NHL Draft Picks Playing in the NCAA
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