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Upsets headline early action in NCAA conference tournament play

As the nation begins to thaw out and Winter blossoms into Spring, the coolest game on Earth takes control and freezes the ice yet again. Teams began prepping last summer for the days that lie ahead. Months of training, determination, and resilience resonate in players’ as the true test for ice gladiators still remains. Yet, the journey to the Frozen Four has only just begun, and we already have some memorable moments from the early conference tournament action. AHA The most forgotten and underrated hockey in the country comes from the Atlantic Hockey Association. For a conference built on sound …

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College Hockey Roundup: Jack Parker bids farewell to the game he loved so much

Monday was a sad day for college hockey as legendary Boston University men’s hockey coach Jack Parker, on his 68th birthday, announced his retirement at season’s end capping a 40-season reign that saw Parker become one the most revered sports icons not only in New England but in all of hockey. College hockey fans, supporters of the Terriers, and BU’s rivals all know the name. It’s unlikely that you’ll ever see another coach like Parker ever again. The man they called “Somerville Jack” was born and raised in Somerville, Massachusetts’ Magoun Square. The hard-nosed working-class Irish Catholic graduated from Catholic …

A Reasoner to Believe

That’s what it read at the top of the special insert, tucked within the tabloid-sized issue of The Heights, in mid-April of 1998. A plea for the Eagles’ best player to return for his senior season in the wake of a national championship game appearance, it depicted Marty Reasoner, clad in the Boston College home whites, waiting out a stoppage in play. It could have been from any game that season, but it was most likely taken in the 3 1/2 week period between the Hockey East quarterfinal round in early March and the NCAA Tournament Final, in Boston, on the …