THURSDAY, NOV. 21, 2013
5:28 p.m. Eastern -- Greetings from Agganis Arena on the campus of Boston University.
After a beautifully uneventful travel day via charter flight, the team is on the ice for their Thursday practice. UND brought the entire roster on this trip since it is a non-conference series, although head coach Dave Hakstol will have far from the entire roster available to suit up. We know Mark MacMillan, Brendan O’Donnell and Colten St. Clair are out, and Derek Rodwell’s status is still not known, so look for defensemen Gage Ausmus and Andrew Panzarella to move to the wing this weekend.
The team was greeted by a pair of friendly faces when we checked in to the hotel, as former UND All-Americans Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux stopped by to say hello. The Lamoureux are training with the U.S. Olympic Team in Bedford, a Boston suburb.
With a couple of hours to spare between check-in and practice, a handful of the players made their way across the Charles River to check out Fenway Park. My own sight-seeing will include a pilgrimage to the Bull and Finch Pub, the inspiration for the TV show Cheers and the spot where the show’s exterior shots were filmed. I’ve been there once previously, but since Cheers was my favorite show growing up, I’ll take any chance I can get to walk down those stairs again.
Following practice this afternoon, Coach Hakstol and a few players will meet off camera with the crew from NBC Sports Network, which will include longtime NHL broadcaster Dave Strader, former NHLer Ken Hodge, Jr., and Sports Illustrated senior writer Chris Mannix. Hodge played his collegiate hockey at Boston College, so he just might be UND’s biggest fan this weekend.
One other note, T.J. Oshie and the St. Louis Blues are in town to face the Bruins tonight, but unfortunately we aren’t able to make the game work with our schedule.
Remember to check here throughout the weekend for additional updates. Also, intern extraordinaire Eric Classen made the trip to cover the series for Through These Doors, so you’ll be treated to full coverage of the weekend during the next episode that will air on Thanksgiving night.
FRIDAY, NOV. 22, 2013
10:50 a.m. Eastern -- It's a gloomy, rainy day here in Boston, perhaps fitting on the 50th anniversary of one of the darkest days in U.S. history, the assassination of Massachusetts' own John F. Kennedy.
It's a fascinating week to be in Boston, to be sure.
A few of us were treated to our own bit of history last night. After the aforementioned trip to Cheers, my outstanding colleague at BU, Brian Kelley, took Eric Classen, Brad Schlossman, Tom Miller and myself to a place called The Bleacher Bar, which is located inside Fenway Park's outfield fence and overlooks center field from field level.
We'll try to head back at lunch today to get some photos (and, well, lunch) from the restaurant, which allows you to see the field through a giant glass garage door. Apparently it is situated where the batting cages used to be housed, so it was a pretty cool stop for a baseball fan.
Our hotel is actually just across the Charles River from Fenway Park. You can't actually see the stadium from our hotel, but you can most definitely see the famous Citgo sign that overlooks the Green Monster.
Now, back to hockey. Morning skate will be starting in a few minutes, after which time we'll have a better idea of tonight's lineup.
After practice yesterday, the goaltenders won the weekly Thursday shootout, with Zane Gothberg stopping Michael Parks, Troy Stecher, Jordan Schmaltz and Stepane Pattyn for two straight rounds to close it out. Hopefully that's a good sign in the goaltending department.
Finally, a happy 21st birthday to sophomore forward Colten St. Clair, who unfortunately remains sidelined with a lower body injury.
7:34 p.m. Eastern -- The puck will drop in minutes. UND without Derek Rodwell, Mark MacMillan, Colten St. Clair and Brendan O'Donnell, but former All-American and Hobey finalist Danny Kristo is in the arena to cheer his former teammates on.
Kristo currently leads Hartford of the AHL in scoring but has tonight off.