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As a major college hockey fan, I’ve seen some pretty impressive rivalries – North Dakota-Minnesota and Denver-Colorado College – up close. The one rivalry people can’t stop talking about is the Beanpot rivalry in Boston.
For those who are unfamiliar, the Beanpot is a unique tournament held on consecutive Monday nights every February between the four college teams in Boston: Boston University, Boston College, Harvard, and Northeastern.
The winning team not only gets bragging rights over its rivals, it hoists the coveted Beanpot trophy in front of a sold-out crowd. BU and BC typically dominate, having won 46 of the 60 tournaments (BU, 29; BC, 17). Harvard has won the Beanpot 10 times, most recently in 1993, while perennial underdog Northeastern has won four – none since 1988.
National Hockey League teams and their fans have a lot to be thankful this holiday season.
Major labor problems are a thing of the past (at least for now). Until the NBA returns at Christmas, pucks are the only professional sport in town during the week, allowing unprecedented access to the sport for the average follower. The league’s biggest star ended his 10-month injury hiatus when Sidney Crosby returned to the Pittsburgh Penguins this past week.
However, Crosby is not the only player NHL fans should being showering their gratitude towards. Here are five more players teams should be grateful for:
I love hockey.
Not just the 60-minute game, which ticks away one second at a time.
I love the process of hockey.
The parts of the game that attacks the five senses – the unique smell of the dressing room, the unmistakable sound of sharp steel making slivers of crisp ice.
And the parts of the game that mostly go unnoticed, but are really worth paying attention to.