There is going to be no professional hockey any time soon, but if you’re a fan of the Boston College Eagles, you’ve got an insurance policy.
That, namely, is a team of champions who hoisted the trophy in April for the fifth time since the program was founded.
Only a few weeks remain until the Eagles open their title defense on October 13 at Northeastern. From now until then, Soaring to Glory will preview the team and the players on it, as well as certain upcoming games and a few expectations for this excellent hockey team.
One can expect a certain amount of turnover from year to year, and this Eagles team will be no exception. Chris Kreider and Brian Dumoulin are gone as expected, while four-year players like Barry Almeida and Paul Carey have also moved on to the next stages of their lives. In come new players like Mike Matheson, first-round draft pick of the Florida Panthers, and Peter McMullen, a big freshman who played in the British Columbia Hockey League. Finally, the Eagles will be returning many familiar faces as well, including new captain Pat Mullane and sophomore sensation Johnny Gaudreau.
Notably, this will be the season in which Jerry York breaks the all-time wins record for a college hockey coach. He will tie Ron Mason with 11 more wins, and beat him with 12. It is feasible that York could get this milestone behind him by the end of the calendar year, and if anyone deserves this moment to be on BC’s home ice, it’s him.
Boston College is looking for a sixth star to put on those jerseys, and the road begins here.