A Trip To Boston

by Adam Desloges

I recently had the great pleasure of visiting the city Boston with my spouse over the Easter weekend. I have to say that I was really impressed with the city and how courteous Bostonians are. During our trip not only did we take in a Bruins game, but we also toured Harvard University and Boston College and of course I had to research their women’s hockey programs.
First I have to congratulate both Boston College  hockey teams. The BC Eagles men’s hockey team, not only won the Beanpot Tournament,  but they also went on to win the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament against Ferris State.  And to give more bragging rights to Boston College–the Women’s hockey team finished the season in 4th place–giving them a spot in the 2012 Women’s Frozen Four!
Harvard Crimson plays in the Alexander H. Bright Hockey Center which is located off campus from Cambridge and over the bridge in Boston. Walking up to the woman’s dressing room door I couldn’t help but notice the walls were covered with pictures of the team’s history. One thing that stood out to me was the feeling of family the pictures portrayed. The Crimson boasts a team mixed of freshman, sophomores, juniors and one senior. I was really happy to learn that they iced a team with three Canadians.
Boston College is a Division I member of the Atlantic Coast Conference and Hockey East. Boston Eagles play in the Silvio O. Conte Forum and is centrally located on campus. This arena is one of the most impressive amateur arenas I have ever been in. As with Harvard the walls are covered with history and also have an impressive Alumni wall boasting all their past athletes. The Eagles boast a team mixed of freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors. I was somewhat saddened to learn that not one player was Canadian, but one can argue that Port Huron, Michigan is pretty darn close so I’ll have to be happy with that. I was equally impressed with both schools, but I have to have a little favoritism for Harvard because of our behind the scenes tour thanks to Policeman George.
So if you’re thinking of pursuing the student/athlete route, Harvard University and Boston College may be a good fit for you and will surely exceed your expectations. On a last note being Canadian I have to give a shout out to our 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Champions who won 5-4 in OT over the U.S.

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