BC, BU alums diversion to take on ALS
June 15, 2015 - als
It has prolonged been pronounced that a Boston College and Boston University ice hockey teams would play in a parking lot to settle matters, if need be.
Well, a BC and BU alumni will be assembly again on a solidified aspect on Jul 10 during 7 p.m during Walter Brown Arena. Only this time it won’t merely be to establish internal bragging rights. The diversion is a initial annual Commonwealth Avenue Classic, a gift eventuality to advantage Compassionate Care ALS in respect of Peter Frates, Dick Kelley and all those influenced by amyotrophic parallel sclerosis (ALS), some-more ordinarily referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Beverly’s Frates, 30, is battling ALS and is a creator of a Ice Bucket Challenge and stream executive of ball operations during BC. Kelley was a renouned longtime sports information official, who worked during both BU and BC before constrictive a illness and flitting divided after a scarcely three-year conflict during a age of 48.
The diversion has already captivated a who’s who of BC and BU hockey luminaries.
Former BC players who have committed to a diversion embody all 3 of a former Hobey Baker Award winners: Brian Leetch (1987), a Stanley Cup leader with a New York Rangers in 1994, Mike Mottau (2000), and Johnny Gaudreau (2013), as good as stream NHL skaters Chris Kreider of Boxboro, and Dorchester siblings Jimmy and Kevin Hayes. In idea will be Cory Schneider (New Jersey) of Marblehead and Johnny Muse of Falmouth, who backstopped a Eagles to a span of inhabitant titles.
Other ex-BC players approaching to take partial are Joe Whitney (New Jersey), Brian Gibbons (Columbus), Stephen Gionta (New Jersey), Paul Carey (Bruins), Brian Dumolin (Pittsburgh), Bill Arnold (Calgary) and Patrick Brown (Carolina).
The BU side is equally considerable with former All-American Scott Young of Clinton, who prisoner Stanley Cup rings with Pittsburgh (1991) and Colorado (1996) in a NHL career that spanned some-more than 1,000 games. Worcester local Tom Poti, another former All-American, who played 14 years in a NHL on invulnerability is scheduled to play as is former Bruins brazen and All-American Shawn MacEachern of Matignon High fame. MacEachern played 13 NHL seasons, winning a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1992, and now coaches a Rivers School in Weston.
Adam Clendening, a Vancouver Canucks defenseman and Weymouth’s Charlie Coyle, now toiling for a Minnesota Wild, have also been lined adult to seem in a game. Other former Terriers approaching to play are former Bruin Jay Pandolfo, ex-Philadelphia Flyer Freddy Meyer, ex-Rangers skater Chris Bourque, brazen Wade Megan (Florida) and former Bruin Chris Kelleher.
“I’m inequitable in that we wish BC to win a game, though it’s reduction about a diversion and some-more about a fund-raising for this gift event,” pronounced former BC captain Pat Mullane, who is co-chairing a diversion with ex-Eagles brazen Andrew Orpik, younger hermit of Washignton Caps defenseman Brooks Orpik, who won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009.
“Dick Kelley had an implausible impact not usually on me though all of a Boston College athletes and wanted to rise us into well-rounded, prototypical BC tyro athletes and good people. we knew Peter Frates’ mother during propagandize and so we know how ardent he is for a diversion of ball and to see him come down with ALS during such a immature age is only awful,” pronounced Mullane, who recently inked a agreement to play in Finland subsequent season.