It was the site of the Boston Massacre in 1770, where five Bostonians were killed when British soldiers fired unordered shots. Now, nearly 250 years later, the Old State House is the perfect tourist attraction to soak up some of the history of the city.
The year was 1979.
Michele Himmelberg is writing for the Fort Myers News-Press covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. On this specific day, she is traveling to Minnesota for an away game against the Vikings. However, she learns that the Vikings are not letting any press into their locker room because of the one female sports writer: Himmelberg.
Flash forward to April of 2011 and things aren’t that much different.
On April 10, Tara Sullivan of the Bergen Record was denied access to the locker room after the final round of the Masters. Sullivan told Yahoo! Sports, “I was told women were not allowed in the locker room.” The media committee of the Master later said the incident was simply a misunderstanding. Continue reading
The date was May 19, 1974 and Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer remembers it all perfectly. He was only 19 as he watched his hometown team skate to a 1-0 win in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final to win the Cup at the Spectrum.
“After the game ended, hundreds of deliriously happy fans climbed the glass and joined the Flyers in the on-ice celebration. I was about to join them, but security guards stopped me and others,” said Carchidi.
“They were so enthusiastic and emotional and some of them were so drunk. We could hardly even get to one another,” recalled Bill Clement, who played on the Flyers from 1971-76. “There were hoards of people on the ice and Bobby Clarke and Bernie Parent, our captain and our goalie, started to skate the Stanley Cup around.”
Clement and other players grabbed fans and pushed them to the ground so the players could skate the traditional lap around the ice with the Stanley Cup.
“The truth is that many of us felt robbed of that great opportunity to share the Stanley Cup with one another in that moment,” he said.
His office looks just like any other office in the Boston University Alumni Center. There’s a desk, a computer, a few chairs and framed pictures on the wall.
The pictures however, they are not the same as the other offices. A picture of the Stanley Cup with an Olympic gold medal and a picture of the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team are on the wall of his office.
This isn’t just any employee’s office. This is the office of Mike Eruzione, captain of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team.
“It’s not what I’ve done, it’s who I am. I don’t want people to talk to me because I was in the Olympics, I want people to talk to me because they think I’m a nice person,” said Eruzione.
Eruzione is humble in his achievements. This is partially due to the fact that if it wasn’t for one hockey game he played right before college; he would not be where he is today.
On Monday night the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins skated to a 4-0 win against the Albany Devils at Boardwalk Hall. Although they were playing a division rival, some players had a different hockey event on their mind.
With players from Northeastern University, Boston College and Boston University, almost half the team was keeping track of the Beanpot Tournament.
“We were all checking scores, like during our game, and then afterwards the BU and BC guys were trying to follow it on the bus when we were driving back to see who was going to win and go to the final,” said Brad Thiessen, former Northeastern Huskies goaltender.
In the University of New Hampshire’s men’s hockey locker room a close group of twenty guys prepare for each game. They sit in the stalls of the locker room, wearing their white jerseys with the initials UNH across the front in blue and they prepare to go out on the ice as a team. Although they make up a team each player is different. One difference is between the drafted and undrafted players.
In 2004 the National Hockey League made the ruling that players at a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I school could be drafted and still stay in college. As long as these players do not play for a professional team or hire an agent, they can return to their respective schools such as UNH, Northeastern University, Boston University, and Boston College among other Division I schools to get their degrees. Hockey players who turn eighteen by late September qualify for that year’s draft. Once a player is 21 they are no longer eligible.
For some hockey players, their hockey skill is what helped them to get into a prestigious university, “Growing up I wanted to play college hockey and use hockey to get an education“ said Paul Thompson, a junior on the UNH Wildcats.
Steve Langton sits in the Marino Center. Not too long ago he could be seen there as a Northeastern student. Now, he is back to his old stomping ground for the first time in years. He returns, not as the Northeastern track star he once was, but as a United States Olympian.
Steve Langton was a member of both the 2-man and 4-man bobsled teams in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
Looking at Steve he seems to be nothing more than a regular guy. Fidgeting in his chair, he is wearing jeans and a t-shirt. Oh yeah, and his official Team USA Olympic winter jacket.
The Melrose, Mass. native said the jacket is the only thing he still wears of his Olympic clothes. He only wore it because it was the most appropriate jacket he had for the weather, which was a downpour. He even said he tries to turn the front so no one can see the Olympic logo on the front, shying away from unwanted attention.
When James van Riemsdyk’s skate touched the ice of Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena, the entire upper bowl, dressed in red for the “We Want Blood” theme, hollered and booed in his direction.
Throughout the game, Northeastern’s fierce fan section, the DogHouse, booed every time the blade of van Riemsdyk’s stick touched the puck. He scored two goals, something that did not go over well with the DogHouse, in what was ultimately a Huskies win.
Leonard Zaichkowsky, sports psychologist for the Boston University Terriers, commented on the effect of fan sections on players, “It’s a contributor to the home ice advantage. Fans try to make home ice advantage by trying to distract and annoy the opposition and at the same times motivate the home team.”