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February 12, 2008


Filed under: NCAA — Tags: , , , , , , , — Perich @ 8:00 am

Nerds on Sports correspondents Serpico and myself watched BC win a nail-biter in overtime, 6-5, to take the Beanpot from those upstarts at Harvard. Watching hockey in that quiet interlude between the Super Bowl and the start of spring training inspired us to post some frequently asked hockey questions (FAH-Q).

Q: Why does the NHL draft work different from NFL or NBA drafts?

Serpico mentioned that John Muse, BC’s frosh goalie, started this year only because BC’s prior goalie was drafted straight out of BC. In the NHL, players can be drafted while still in college … but they get to complete their education and then play. “What a remarkable system,” I said. “Why can’t football or basketball work the same way?”

We came up with two theoretical answers:

(1) Despite its violence, there’s less chance of career-ending injury in a year of hockey than a year of football. No team would be willing to waste a draft pick on a running back who could easily snap an ankle in week 9.

(2) Multiply that by the many millions of dollars that basketball and football are worth. Hockey’s popular, I guess, but it’s not the same kind of business. Franchises can only afford those kind of risks in the NHL. And maybe lacrosse.

Q: Is a zamboni technically a ‘vehicle’?

Apparently not:

A judge ruled the four-ton ice rink-grooming machines aren’t motor vehicles because they aren’t useable on highways and can’t carry passengers.Zamboni operator John Peragallo had been charged with drunken driving in 2005 after a fellow employee at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown told police the machine was speeding and nearly crashed into the boards.

Police said Peragallo’s blood alcohol level was 0.12 percent. A level of 0.08 is considered legally drunk in New Jersey.

Peragallo appealed, and Superior Court Judge Joseph Falcone on Monday overturned his license revocation and penalties.

In other news, at least one citizen of New Jersey named “Falcone” is on the right side of the law.

Q: Why is the Eastern Conference Championship called the Prince of Wales Trophy?

Even the most dabbling of sports trivia fans knows that the NHL trophy is known as “Lord Stanley’s Cup.” But why is the Eastern Conference Championship – which the Bruins haven’t won since 1990, I might add – known as the “Prince of Wales Trophy”?

The easy answer is because Edward VIII, Prince of Wales donated it to the League in 1924. British royalty has had an odd fascination with the game of hockey for more than a century, starting with Governor General Stanley’s creation of a “challenge cup” for the best amateur Canadian ice hockey team in 1893. The cup followed the National Hockey Association when it merged with several other leagues to form the NHL in 1917. When the teams were originally divided up, Boston (and the Northeast) played in what was called the “Wales Division.” Hence the cup’s name and origin.

Q: How’s Richard Zednik doing?

After taking a skate blade to the carotid, Florida Panthers player Richard Zednik was rushed to Buffalo General Hospital*. He’s stable but shaken. The Florida Panthers’ organization would like to thank the medical staff at Buffalo General, the Buffalo Sabres organization, the staff at HSBC stadium and all the loyal hockey fans who kept Zednik in their thoughts.

Q: Does Harvard even have a mascot?

Harvard’s mascot is The Man, an officer in full riot gear. His only known cheer is to glare through a tinted visor at the opposing team’s bench and ominously thwack a baton into his open palm.

Q: Is the Beanpot a big deal in Boston?

Let me put it this way: I saw more people scalping tickets outside a non-conference hockey rivalry than I did at the Celtics game I went to a month ago – and unlike Harvard, the Celtics are doing well. As Serpico put it, the Beanpot brings together four Boston area schools all within a thirty minute train ride of each other. That’s classic rivalry fuel. See it if you can – it’s a hell of a thing.

Also: let’s go Eagles.
* They were playing in Buffalo; this wasn’t an oblique attempt to prolong his agony.

  • 1) I’m definitely going to the Beanpot next year. Somebody remind me, please.

    2) I’d like to think that if I had my carotid sliced open, I too would have the fortitude to cover it with my hand, get up, and skate back to the bench.

  • D-bomb

    Q: Why were there 4 ref’s on the ice? Does Hockey East have some new tournament rules or something?

    Q: Can ref’s be attributed with assists if a player scores after the ref tackles a defensive lineman?

  • Is this where we post our HQs (hockey questions)?

    Q: Why isn’t hockey all that popular right now? Does it have anything to do with the Mullet? Meaning: is hockey’s popularity and the mullet’s popularity directly proportional?

    Q: Could there ever be a 5 on 2 Power Play?

  • Deirdre,

    (1) Some schools have been experimenting with four officials on the ice: two refs and two linesmen. College hockey differentiates between the responsibilities of a ref and a linesman – it’s complicated – whereas the NHL has two refs with equal responsibility.

    However, this is a league decision, not an NCAA decision.

    (2) Refs are not scoring players and therefore cannot be credited with assists. The bums.

  • D-bomb

    I was just surprised to see 4 on the ice. I’ve been to maybe 6 games this season and had seen the traditional 3 refs. My dad has been to about 20 college games this season, and said he hasn’t seen 4 refs on the ice until last Monday, so I wasn’t sure if it was a new tournament rule or something. It is my father’s belief that there should be two. He was complaining about the 4 all night, and then that interference blew his top. (seriously I saw a little piece of his head come flying off) He practically tackled the guy (and fellow bc fan by the way) who was sitting in front of us who was arguing that my dad’s blame was misplaced on the ref and should reside with Muse who should have lifted his glove two inches and caught the damn puck. This argument disintegrated into who knew more about college hockey. Which is an argument no one should ever get into with Bill McDermott. If he could somehow take a daily does of Hockey East action intravenously he would. I was obviously rooting for BC regardless of my current BU affiliation, but let me tell you I never rooted for them so much last night. I was pretty sure that if they lost my dad was going to kill people. Most likely the ref and the guy seated in front of my dad, but I wasn’t sure that his homicidal episode would be limited to them, and I was sitting pretty close.

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