It’s an annual Boston tradition in college hockey and this year the fans saw yet another thrilling game and yet another Boston College victory in the Beanpot Tournament. BC took home the local bragging rights with a thrilling 7-6 overtime victory over Northeastern University when Boston native Jimmy Hayes scored the game-winner six minutes into the extra session.
New York Rangers prospect and Team USA World Junior Championship team member Chris Kreider earned the tournament’s MVP award after scoring two goals and adding an assist in the title game and leading the Eagles to their 16th Beanpot championship. BC has won three of the last four Beanpot titles with each win coming in a one-goal game. Last year they defeated Boston University 4-3 and three years ago they beat Harvard in overtime to win the Boston-area title.
Northeastern goalie Chris Rawlings was a hard-luck loser in the game as he made 39 saves to keep Northeastern in the game as best he could while the number one in the nation Eagles pressured him all night long. Boston College goalie John Muse made just 21 saves in the win. Given how wild this game turned out to be, it was tied six different times and saw ultimately seven lead changes, the goalies roles in this were manic both in positive and negative ways.
Boston College coming out on top while not surprising is still stunning to see happen again as they’re a team that just shows no quit from year to year in their game regardless of who suits up for coach Jerry York’s team. For Northeastern the loss is tough as they haven’t won a Beanpot title since 1988. The last time that neither Boston University nor Boston College won the Beanpot came in 1993 when Harvard took the title home.
Does the NHL have a cocaine problem?
TSN caught up with deputy commissioner Bill Daly, who provided some fascinating insight:
“The number of [cocaine] positives are more than they were in previous years and they’re going up,” Daly said. “I wouldn’t say it’s a crisis in any sense. What I’d say is drugs like cocaine are cyclical and you’ve hit a cycle where it’s an ‘in’ drug again.”
Daly said that he’d be surprised “if we’re talking more than 20 guys” and then touched on something that may be a problem: they don’t test it in a “comprehensive way.”
As Katie Strang’s essential ESPN article about the Los Angeles Kings’ tough season explored in June, there are some challenges for testing for a drug like cocaine. That said, there are also some limitations that may raise some eyebrows.
For one, it metabolizes quickly. Michael McCabe, a Philadelphia-based toxicology expert who works for Robson Forensic, told ESPN.com that, generally speaking, cocaine filters out of the system in two to four days, making it relatively easy to avoid a flag in standard urine tests.
The NHL-NHLPA’s joint drug-testing program is not specifically designed to target recreational drugs such as cocaine or marijuana. The Performance Enhancing Substances Program is put into place to do exactly that — screen for performance-enhancing drugs.
So, are “party drugs” like cocaine and molly an issue for the NHL?
At the moment, the answer almost seems to be: “the league hopes not.”
Daly goes into plenty of detail on the issue, so read the full TSN article for more.
Following his stunning 41-game suspension, it looks like Raffi Torres has at least one former teammate in his corner.
We haven’t yet seen how the San Jose Sharks or the NHLPA are reacting to the league’s hammer-dropping decision to punish Torres for his Torres-like hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but Jason Demers decided to put in a good word for Torres tonight.
It was a simple message: “#FreeTorres.”
Demers, now of the Dallas Stars, was once with Torres and the Sharks. (In case this post’s main image didn’t make that clear enough already.)
Perhaps this will become “a thing” at some point.
So far, it seems like it’s instead “a thing (that people are making fun of).”
… You get the idea.
The bottom line is that there are some who either a) blindly support Torres because they’re Sharks fans or b) simply think that the punishment was excessive.
The most important statement came from the Department of Player Safety, though.