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.
Saturday night marks the return of Boston University men’s hockey for the 2022-2023 season. The Terrier team will make their season debut versus the Bentley University Falcons of the Atlantic Hockey Association with a 7:00pm puck drop at Agganis Arena.
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?”
One of the most prominent newcomers to the Boston University women’s ice hockey team for the 2022-2023 season is freshman defender Brooke Disher. The Fort St. John, British Columbia, Canada native comes to Commonwealth Ave with an impressive hockey background.
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.
The Boston University men’s hockey team is coming into the 2022-2023 season with a veteran squad hungry for trophies. This year’s roster boasts ten seniors, all of whom have become an integral part of the Terrier identity as they head into their fourth year of collegiate hockey. In their final run in scarlet and white, these senior players have the opportunity to make it count.
Whether he’s recording stats, picking up pizza at T Anthony’s, perfecting the warm-up mix, or suiting up and stepping in, graduate goaltender Patrick Schena has done it all. And while most Terriers have followed a pretty traditional path to the locker room at Agganis Arena, Schena’s was anything but ordinary.