The Beanpot tournament recap
I believe the Beanpot tournament is the greatest unknown championship. It’s only really noticed by those in the hockey community or those who live in the area. The Beanpot is a 4 team tournament composed of the four most local Bostonian teams, which are Harvard, Northeastern, Boston College, and Boston University. It is the 65th annual tournment which is played ever year in the home of the NHL Boston Bruins, the TD Garden.
All teams are are apart of the NCAA division 1, being the highest level of collegiate hockey, and argubuly the highest level of amateur hockey in the US. College hockey recruitment has made it’s way across the country which is a huge change as of recently. In the past most college players were somewhat local to their respected colleges. As of late players are traveling across the country to play for different teams. An example of this would be Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers is a Florida native that made his way up to Union College and ended up winning a National championship in 2014.
The thing that makes this four teams from Boston so special is the amount of local players on the rosters. A lot of the players grew up in eastern Massachusetts either playing with or against each other. They all grew up rooting for the same team in the Bruins(most likely). They all grew up watching the Beanpot. A lot of these players train together in the summers and are close friends.
This year Harvard and Boston University met in the finals. BU has been the most dominant team in this tournment since the 60’s. They have 30 Beanpot championships under their belt. Harvard on the other hand has been on a dry spell, not winning since 1993. Harvard ending up winning the tournament in 6–3 thriller and was led by Flyers prospect goalie Merrick Madsen.