The 2022-23 Hockey Issue has arrived! The Boston Hockey Blog couldn’t be more excited and proud to bring back this tradition as a preview of the Terrier hockey season. https://issuu.com/dailyfreepress/docs/final_print_hockey_edition
In the weeks leading up to opening night, The Boston Hockey Blog got to sit down with Nadia Mattivi and Domenick Fensore –– the captains of the women’s and men’s hockey teams –– to discuss goals for the season, leadership styles and their journey to Comm. Ave. The complete interviews can be listened to on “Terrier Hockey Talk,” wherever you get your podcasts.
Marie-Philip Poulin has been a force to be reckoned with since lacing up her hockey skates for the first time at five years old. The Beauceville, Quebec native made a prominent mark in Terrier history while playing for the Boston University women’s hockey team from 2010 to 2015. She has also exhibited her first-class talent at every level of the sport since leaving Commonwealth Avenue, taking significant strides in the effort to grow the women’s game.
The Boston University Men’s Ice Hockey team will turn over a new leaf as they enter into the 101st season with a new head coach. The 13th person to hold that title in over 100 years, the Terrier alum will bring valuable perspective and experience to a program that is looking to restore itself to what it once was.
The past few winters on Commonwealth Avenue have looked different for Boston University’s primary athletic draw — hockey. The COVID-19 pandemic halted the 2019-2020 season ahead of the Hockey East Tournament, and the 2020-2021 campaign barred in-person fan attendance. Last winter, however, saw the 100th anniversary season of the men’s hockey program, and the start of a return to normalcy.
55 years ago, Boston University men’s hockey announcer Bernie Corbett went to his first hockey game. From that point on, he was hooked. The Stoneham, Massachusetts native’s life has been dedicated to BU Hockey. Corbett served as a student manager under the legendary coach Jack Parker while an undergraduate on Commonwealth Avenue.
With the Jay Pandolfo era underway on Commonwealth Ave, the Terrier hockey program finds itself in somewhat of a unique position – a group with a “win-now” mindset is also in a transitional period.
Jan. 21, 2022 at Agganis Arena had a different feel to it. The Boston University men’s hockey team skated out to center ice for puck drop against the University of Vermont but something was missing –– where was the trumpeting sound of “Shipping up to Boston”? The Terriers’ late first period goal was celebrated with spotty claps, but where was the energy? We all turned to each other in the press box with a certain sadness and asked “Where is the BU Band?”
As the clock ticked down in the championship game, the numbers 23, 12 and 13 were all the Terriers needed to bring the Beanpot back to the BU campus. The 69th annual men’s Beanpot Tournament took place in TD Garden in front of fans, bands, and media members on Feb. 14, 2022.
As a ninth-round draft pick, not much was going to be handed to Mike Grier. Just two months after being selected in a round so late it no longer exists, Grier’s journey would pass through Commonwealth Ave. Upon his departure just three seasons later, Grier had left a National Champion and all-time great Terrier poised to jump into the professional ranks.