Boston’s unofficial city championship is the longest running and premier college hockey tournament in the nation. Having these four schools, all located within five miles of each other, competing annually would alone make for a compelling tournament. Add in the fact that these teams are regulars in the national rankings, and you have a college hockey fan’s dream tournament. The Beanpot is a bucket list item for any serious hockey fan, whether or not you even follow college hockey.
As a facility, there isn’t a whole lot that separates Lavietes Pavilion from the other small-conference gyms that dot the New England college basketball landscape. What does make it stand apart from the others is the fantastic following and capacity crowds that pack Lavietes on a regular basis. Harvard’s recent run of success in the Ivy League and NCAA tournament has made Lavietes the hidden gem of the Boston sports scene.
Do goats eat peanuts? Of course they do. But beginning in the 2019 season, Yard Goats do not.
The Hartford Yard Goats have announced that they plan to make Dunkin’ Donuts Park 100 percent peanut free for the upcoming minor league season in response to the growing number of severe allergies, particularly among children.
The Conte Forum, while starting to show its age a bit, remains a solid place at which to catch some quality college basketball. Its smaller size and intimate seating bowl ensure excellent vantage points throughout the facility, and when the building is full, it can get pretty loud here.
The city of Springfield, which was in real danger of losing their American Hockey League franchise just three seasons ago, has become an unlikely success story. The new ownership group seems to have found a successful formula, offering increased value, varied concessions and enriched promotions. The downtown area surrounding the MassMutual Center has also improved, making Springfield a worthy minor league destination city. Time will tell if the AHL will remain in western Massachusetts, or if the relationship with the Panthers is doomed to fail as so many others have here in the Crossroads of New England.