After losing to Boston University in January at a frozen Fenway Park, Boston College hockey coach Jerry York and junior forward Brian Gibbons returned to Yawkey Way almost four months later with some shiny new hardware to commemorate their Hockey East championship and, of course, their national championship.
The Eagles defeated Wisconsin 5-0 on April 10 for their second title in three years and threw out the first pitch prior to the Red Sox-Orioles game on Friday night.
Gibbons tallied a goal and an assist during the Frozen Fenway game against BU.
“It was definitely a special game for us,” Gibbons said. “It [gave us] a sense of playing on a big stage in front of a lot of people, and I think that really helped us out in the Frozen Four in Detroit, too. It was a good experience.”
York, too, believes that playing at a stadium like Fenway gave his team an early sense of what it would be like to play under bright lights and national scrutiny for the championship.
“We went from a major league baseball park to an NFL park — I think it really helped us,” York told Tom Caron on Friday’s edition of W.B. Mason Red Sox Gameday Live. “It was such a unique experience and we could carry that over to Ford Field.”
For more from the national champs, check out the video below.