There is evidence of Jerry York’s handiwork all over the National Hockey League. We’ve got to be elite in at least one sport, after all, and Boston College hockey regularly gets its players into the pros. That isn’t news to us.
Thankfully, the Gary Bettman-Don Fehr death match this past Fall and winter didn’t bag the 2013 season, which means only one thing: the possibility of more Eagles getting their names etched on Lord Stanley’s cup.
Who’s got a chance, you ask? Fourteen of 16 berths in the Stanley Cup playoffs have been determined, but there are even BC guys forging ahead and fighting with their teams for the last two. Quite inspiring if you ask me.
This includes only players on the active NHL roster. So, for example, Benn Ferriero isn’t included even though he’s in the Rangers’ system; ditto Tommy Cross of the Bruins.
BC Players in the 2013 Playoffs: Clinched
Andrew Alberts (Vancouver Canucks)
Brian Boyle (New York Rangers)
Brian Gionta (Montreal Canadiens)
Jimmy Hayes (Chicago Blackhawks)
Chris Kreider (New York Rangers)
Ben Lovejoy (Anaheim Ducks)*
Brooks Orpik (Pittsburgh Penguins)
Marty Reasoner (New York Islanders)
Cory Schneider (Vancouver Canucks)
Rob Scuderi (Los Angeles Kings)
Ben Smith (Chicago Blackhawks)
BC Players Trying to Get in the 2013 Playoffs
Cam Atkinson (Columbus Blue Jackets)
Patrick Eaves (Detroit Red Wings)
* – played only one season and then went to Dartmouth, but we’ll count him anyway
Boston College has eight of the teams already in covered, and may in fact get two more. Those are pretty good odds if I do say so myself.