Interesting Facts and Figures in Beanpot History

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Interesting Facts and Figures in Beanpot History When the puck drops Monday night at the TD Garden, the latest chapter will begin to be written in Beanpot history. But before Chapter 58 gets under way, let's take a look at some of the quirky history notes that have been collected over the years.

  • There have only been 17 shutouts in the tournament's 226-game history. BU's John Curry had the most recent shutout in 2007 over Northeastern.
  • BU has more titles (29) than the other three schools combined (BC, 14; Harvard, 10; Northeastern, four). Jack Parker won three Beanpots as a player at BU before winning 21 as a coach.
  • BC won eight of the first 13 tournaments.
  • BC, BU or both have always made it to the final round. Harvard and Northeastern have never met in the finals.
  • The top five goaltenders in Beanpot history, not surprisingly, all went to BU. Michel Larocque (1997-1999) and John Curry (2005-2007) are tied for best save percentage in tournament history at .950, with Dan Brady (.942, 1971-1972), Jim McCann (.940, 1967-1968) and Sean Fields (.937, 2002-2004) following behind.
  • BC's Joe Mullen has the most career Beanpot goals with 10.
  • There have been five penalty shots in Beanpot history. Four of five have resulted in goals. The last penalty shot came in 1979.
  • The most goals scored in a period was four by Billy Cleary of Harvard in a 12-3 win over Northeastern in 1955. Cleary had five total goals in that game, putting him in a tie for most in a game with BC's Ed Sullivan in 1961 and BC's Mike Powers in 1973.
  • Cleary spread the wealth that game, adding two assists to total seven points in the game — another record.
  • Cleary had seven goals in that 1955 tournament — most by anyone in a single tournament.
  • The all-time leader in Beanpot points is Harvard's Joe Cavanagh, who scored seven goals and recorded 12 assists in six Beanpot games from 1969-1971.
  • The first Beanpot was played in December of 1952. The second was played in January of 1954. All but one of the rest have been played in February. That one outlier was due to the Blizzard of '78. The 1978 Beanpot left hundreds of fans stuck inside the Boston Garden, and the final round of games was rescheduled to Wednesday, March 1. BU's Jack O'Callahan, he of Olympic fame, was the MVP of the tournament.
  • BU has scored in every game it has played since 1963 — a span of 90 games.
  • There has never been a 1-0 shutout in the tournament. There have been three 2-0 games (Northeastern over Harvard (1997), Harvard over BC (1981), BC over Northeastern (1952).
  • BU's Tony Amonte scored a hat trick in just a 5:24 span in the 1991 championship game.
  • Walter Brown helped form the idea of the Beanpot. Brown is the only person who has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Hockey Hall of Fame and International Hockey Hall of Fame. The former home of the Terriers — Walter Brown Arena — is named in his honor.
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