Hockey in Boston is serious business.
College hockey can get even nastier, and the Beanpot Tourney is as seriously contested as a Bruins – Canadians Stanley Cup series.
Facts and Links
In the first 60 years of The Beanpot, one of the four participants has won the NCAA Championship nine times. In each of those years, the national champion also won the Beanpot.
In 1980, Wayne Turner of Northeastern University scored an overtime goal to give Northeastern its first beanpot tournament championship.
The 1978 Beanpot has taken a mythic place in Boston sports lore, as several hundred fans were stuck in the Garden for several days after the Blizzard of 1978 dumped more than two feet of snow during the night of the first round games.
Through 2011, Boston University has 29 championships, Boston College has 16, Harvard has 10, and Northeastern has 4.
Two individual awards are given out following each Beanpot championship: The Beanpot MVP, and the Eberly trophy, awarded to the goalie with the highest save percentage in his team's two games.
Beanpot tournaments exist also in women's hockey, baseball, softball, soccer, women's rowing, and cycling.
“What the Beanpot means to me? Quite simply, there are two words that come to mind: tradition and emotion. Anyone who has a pulse around here knows about the tradition of the Beanpot. I'm a local kid. I grew up in Scituate. I started coming to the Beanpot about the same time I started playing hockey.”
David Silk, former BU forward and 1980 Olympic gold medal winner