Boston College Eagles
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Institution Boston College
Location Chestnut Hill, MA
School Founded 1863
Enrollment 8,894
Colors Maroon & Gold
President William P. Leahy
Athletic Director Gene DeFilippo
Rink Conte Forum
Capacity 7,884
Dimensions 200'x87'
Men's Coach Jerry York (Boston College '67)
Women's Coach Tom Mutch (Northeastern '92)
NCAA Championships Men: 1949, 2001, 2008, 2010
ECAC Championships Men: 1965, 1978
Hockey East Championships Men: 1987, 1990, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011
Beanpot Championships Men: 1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1976, 1983, 1994, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011
Major Rivals Boston University

The Boston College Eagles are a Men's Division I and Women's Division I team in Hockey East.

Men's program[edit | edit source]

Boston College is among the top college hockey programs in the country. Beginning with legendary coach John "Snooks" Kelley, who led the Eagles to their first national championship in 1949, Boston College has established itself as a perennial powerhouse in both regular season and post-season play. Former coach Len Ceglarski and current coach Jerry York, both Boston College alums, continue to build upon the success began by Kelley. Both York and Ceglarski have at least 500 career wins. York to date has 853 career wins, which is second only to Ron Mason, and is first among all active coaches.[1]

To date, BC has won eleven conference tournament titles, including nine Hockey East titles, a conference record. Their most recent triumph in 2011 came after beating Merrimack 5-3 in the championship game. .

The Beanpot[edit | edit source]

BC also competes in the annual Beanpot tournament with fellow Boston-area schools Boston University, Harvard, and Northeastern. The Eagles have won sixteen Beanpots, their most recent being the 2011 tournament that saw the Eagles down Northeastern 7-6 in OT, with junior forward Jimmy Hayes netting the game-winner and sophomore Chris Kreider winning the tournament MVP. BC has won the Beanpot in: 1954, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1976, 1983, 1994, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2011.

Post-Season and Frozen Four[edit | edit source]

Boston College has made thirty NCAA tournament appearances, reaching the tournament's Frozen Four twenty-two times.

Under John "Snooks" Kelley, BC advanced to the NCAA tournament three straight years from 1948-1950 (when the field was only four teams), winning the National Championship in 1949 after defeating Dartmouth 4-3 in Colorado Springs, CO.

After Jerry York took over as head coach in 1994, the Eagles began to work their way back to the NCAA tournament, having not qualified since 1991, and not having been to a Frozen Four since 1990. In 1998, four years after York became head coach, the Eagles were back in the National Championship game, losing to the Michigan Wolverines in Boston. BC was back in the national championship game in 2000, facing the North Dakota Fighting Sioux. They lost the game 4-2, but returned the favor a year later in 2001, beating the Sioux 3-2 in overtime thanks to a sensational Krys Kolanos goal. This was the Eagles first National Championship since 1949. The championship was all the more satisfying for BC as the Eagles defeated in the process the three teams that had eliminated them from the previous three tournaments (Michigan Wolverines, Maine Black Bears, North Dakota Fighting Sioux). The 2001 National Championship team contained current NHL standouts Brian Gionta, Brooks Orpik, and Chuck Kobasew, among others.

The Eagles returned to the National Championship game in 2006, facing the Wisconsin Badgers in Milwaukee, WI. The Eagles lost 2-1. A Brian Boyle shot was denied by the post as time expired, securing the win for the Badgers. The Eagles made it back to the National Championship game in 2007, riding on the heels of a thirteen-game winning streak. However, they came up short again, losing a heart-breaker 3-1 to the Michigan State Spartans.

BC got back to the National Championship game in 2008, disposing of Minnesota, Miami (OH), and North Dakota in the Frozen Four semifinals along the way. The 2008 Tournament marked the third year in a row that the Eagles ending Miami's season, beating the top seeded Red Hawks 4-3 in overtime thanks to an acrobatic goal by freshman Joe Whitney. In the National Championship game, the Eagles met the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, who had upset Michigan in the other semifinal. The Eagles won the contest by a score of 4-1, behind an MVP performance by Nathan Gerbe. The defeat of the Irish by BC has added fuel to the growing rivalry between Boston College and Notre Dame, carrying over to the ice what has been being fought on the gridiron for years between the two schools football teams in the Holy War.

After missing out on the 2009 Tournament, BC returned in 2010 as a number one seed. The Eagles defeated Alaska and Yale in the Northeast Regional in Worcester, earning them a berth in the Frozen Four to be played at Ford Field in Detroit. BC defeated Miami (OH) 7-1 in the national semifinal, the fourth time in five years that the Eagles ended the RedHawks' season in the NCAA Tournament. BC would face Wisconsin in the championship, a rematch of the 2006 title game. The Eagles avenged that loss by defeating the Badgers 5-0 behind a two goal effort from sophomore Cam Atkinson and MVP effort by senior Ben Smith, who would be named the Frozen Four's Most Outstanding Player. Junior John Muse became just the fourth goalie to record a shutout in a title game. The game was played before a record crowd of 37,592, the largest to attend an indoor hockey game.[2]

Since 1998, the Eagles have qualified for the NCAA tournament eleven times, making it to nine Frozen Fours, seven National Championship games, and have won three national titles.

Championships[edit | edit source]

National Championships[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Score Runner-up City Arena
1949 Boston College 4–3 Dartmouth Colorado Springs, CO Broadmoor Arena
2001 Boston College 3–2(OT) North Dakota Albany, NY Pepsi Arena
2008 Boston College 4–1 Notre Dame Denver, CO Pepsi Center
2010 Boston College 5–0 Wisconsin Detroit, MI Ford Field

Runner-up in 1965, 1978, 1998, 2000, 2006, and 2007

Hockey East Tournament Championships[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Score Runner-up Notes
1987 Boston College 4–2 Maine Hockey East Regular Season Champions
1990 Boston College 4–3 Maine Hockey East Regular Season Champions
1998 Boston College 3–2 Maine lost to Michigan in National Championship game
1999 Boston College 5–4(OT) New Hampshire lost to Maine in Frozen Four
2001 Boston College 5–3 Providence defeated North Dakota in National Championship game
2005 Boston College 3–1 New Hampshire Hockey East Regular Season Champions
2007 Boston College 5–2 New Hampshire lost to Michigan State in National Championship game
2008 Boston College 4–0 Vermont defeated Notre Dame in National Championship game
2010 Boston College 7–6(OT) Maine defeated Wisconsin in National Championship game

Runner-up in 1985, 1986, 1989, 2000, and 2006

ECAC Tournament Championships[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Score Runner-up Notes
1965 Boston College 6–2 Brown lost to Michigan Tech in National Championship game
1978 Boston College 4–2 Providence lost to Boston University in National Championship game

Runner-up in 1963, 1968, and 1973

Beanpot Championships[edit | edit source]

Year Champion Score Runner-up Coach
1954 Boston College 4–1 Harvard John "Snooks" Kelley
1956 Boston College 4–2 Harvard John "Snooks" Kelley
1957 Boston College 5–4(OT) Boston University John "Snooks" Kelley
1959 Boston College 7–4 Boston University John "Snooks" Kelley
1961 Boston College 4–2 Harvard John "Snooks" Kelley
1963 Boston College 3–1 Harvard John "Snooks" Kelley
1964 Boston College 6–5 Boston University John "Snooks" Kelley
1965 Boston College 5–4 Boston University John "Snooks" Kelley
1976 Boston College 6–3 Boston University Len Ceglarski
1983 Boston College 8–3 Northeastern Len Ceglarski
1994 Boston College 2–1(OT) Harvard Steve Cedorchuck
2001 Boston College 5–3 Boston University Jerry York
2004 Boston College 2–1(OT) Boston University Jerry York
2008 Boston College 6–5(OT) Harvard Jerry York
2010 Boston College 4–3 Boston University Jerry York

Runner-up in 1955, 1970, 1973, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1991, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2006, and 2007

Rivals[edit | edit source]

Boston University Terriers[edit | edit source]

Boston College's chief and most hated rival is the Boston University Terriers, separated by a mere four miles on Boston's Commonwealth Avenue.[3] The rivalry is often referred to as the Green Line Rivalry, as the MBTA Green Line is the principle mode of transportation between the two schools. BC-BU is considered one of the top rivalries in college sports as well as the number one rivalry in college hockey.[3][4] The schools regularly meet in Hockey East play three times each season. Besides meeting in conference play, the two schools often meet in the annual Beanpot tournament. Boston University has traditionally dominated the tournament. The Eagles beat the Terriers 4-3 in the Championship of the 2010 tournament, the most recent meeting between the schools in the tournament.

The two schools have also met in NCAA tournament play. In their most recent meeting, Boston College skated to a memorable 5-0 victory against the top seeded Terriers in the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Tournament Northeast Regional Final. Boston University captured the NCAA title in 2009, making BC and BU the owners of the last three NCAA Frozen Four Championships. The Eagles and Terriers have met once in the NCAA Tournament championship game in 1978, with BU winning 5-3 in Providence, RI. BC and BU have combined for nine national championships.

Games between the two schools are also highlighted by the intensity of the two school's student sections, the BC Superfans and the BU Dog Pound. The BU students often sing their infamous "BC Sucks" song while the Superfans often chant "Safety School", "Sucks to BU", or "BC Rejects" at their counterparts.

Boston University leads the all-time series 125-108-17.

Boston College and Boston University faced off in Hockey East play at Fenway Park on January 8, 2010. The game was the first men's college hockey game played at Fenway Park, with a women's game between Northeastern and New Hampshire played earlier in the day. BU edged BC for a 3-2 win.

North Dakota Fighting Sioux[edit | edit source]

Boston College has developed a national rivalry with the North Dakota Fighting Sioux, a rivalry fueled by each teams post-season success. Boston College ended North Dakota's season in three straight Frozen Fours, most recently winning 6-1 in 2008 en route to a National Championship, while in the 2005 tournament the Sioux beat the Eagles in the East Regional finals, 6-3.

In 2000, the Sioux triumphed over BC 4-2 in the National Championship game in Rhode Island. A year later, in 2001, the Eagles and Sioux met again in Albany, this time with BC prevailing 3-2 in overtime. In 1963, the Sioux beat Boston College by a score of 8-2 in the National Semifinal game. Two years later in 1965, Boston College defeated North Dakota 4-3 in the National Semifinal game.

The last regular season meeting between the two teams on October 10, 2007, is best remembered for the unusual circumstances to which the game ended. Midway through the second period, the power went out at BC's Conte Forum. When power was restored, the ice surface began to melt, leading to the game being called after two periods due to the hazardous playing conditions. The game ended 0-0.[5]

New Hampshire Wildcats[edit | edit source]

The rivalry between Boston College and New Hampshire has grown in recent years due to the success of the two programs. UNH leads the all-time Hockey East regular season series over BC. The Eagles, however, hold a distinct advantage in Hockey East tournament play, holding an 8-3 record. Most recently, in the 2009 Hockey East Tournament, UNH hosted BC in the quarterfinals on their home ice at the Whittemore Center. UNH had the chance to end BC's season and their hopes of reaching the NCAA tournament to defend their national title. BC won the best-of-three series 2-0.

During the 2007-2008 season, the Wildcats swept the season series and won the Hockey East regular season championship. The two teams met in the semifinals of the Hockey East tournament, with the top-seeded and favored UNH squad jumping out to a 4-1 midway through the second period. The Eagles mounted a comeback, however, and won the game 5-4 in triple overtime.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish[edit | edit source]

Boston College and Notre Dame first met on the ice in 1966, and have faced-off annually since 1994. BC leads the all-time series 16-11-2, including a victory over the Irish in the 2008 National Championship game, where the Eagles captured their third national title in a 4-1 victory. The Irish have won four of the last five regular season meetings since 2003. Boston College won the most recent game in 2009, beating Notre Dame 3-2 in South Bend.

The rivalry is commonly referred to as "The Holy War on Ice," a take on the name of the football rivalry between the two schools.[6]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Hobey Baker Memorial Award[edit | edit source]

Spencer T. Penrose Award (Coach of the Year)[edit | edit source]

USCHO Coach of the Year[edit | edit source]

USA Hockey National College Player of the Year[edit | edit source]

NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player[edit | edit source]

Hockey East Coach of the Year[edit | edit source]

Hockey East Player of the Year[edit | edit source]

ECAC Player of the Year[edit | edit source]

Hockey East Rookie of the Year[edit | edit source]

ECAC Rookie of the Year[edit | edit source]

Hockey East Tournament MVP[edit | edit source]

AHCA University Division First Team All-Americans[edit | edit source]

Quick facts[edit | edit source]

  • Current Montreal Canadien captain Brian Gionta is BC's all time leading goal-scorer, netting 123 goals in his college career.[7]
  • Mike Mottau is BC's all time assists leader, with 130 in his career at the Heights.[7]
  • David Emma is BC's all time leading scorer, with 239 points in his four years.[7]
  • Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi has played in the most games at BC, appearing in an Eagles uniform 168 times in his four year career at Boston College.[7]
  • Chuck Kobasew is tied for first place in the number of game-winning-goals scored in a season with ten in 2000-01.[8]

For more Boston College stats, visit Boston College on Internet Hockey Database.

  • On March 16, 1985, BC goalie Scott Gordon and Chris Terreri (playing with Providence College) both placed water bottles on the top of their nets. This would be the first time ever that goalies would place water bottles on the top of nets in a hockey game. [9]

Head Coaching Records[edit | edit source]

Tenure Coach Years Record
1917-1919 Robert Fowler 2 4-2
1919-1920 Walter Falvey 1 5-1-1
1920-1923 Fred Rocque 3 23-6-2
1923-1925 Charles Foote 2 12-13-3
1925-1927 Fred Rocque 2 9-10-1 (31-16-3)
1927-1929 James Foley 2 6-11-1
1932-1942 John “Snooks” Kelley 10 82-38-5
1942-1943 John Temple 1 7-2
1945-1946 Joseph Glavin 1 1-2
1946-1972 John “Snooks” Kelley 25 404-195-9 (486-233-14)
1972-1992 Len Ceglarski 20 419-224-27
1992-1994 Steve Cedorchuck 2 24-40-10
1994-present Jerry York 17 389-208-58

Current NHL Eagles[edit | edit source]

As of October 9, 2010

References[edit | edit source]

Women's program[edit | edit source]

See Boston College Eagles women's ice hockey

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