BOSTON — No less than the perpetually upbeat Jerry York can stare Mother Nature squarely in the face and wax eloquently about the one-day postponement of the Beanpot hockey tournament.
“The lure of the Beanpot continues,” York, the Boston College coach, said after the opening round of the 63rd annual event was pushed back to Tuesday, with another foot of snow expected to be dumped on the region on Monday.
The 24-hour delay harkened back to the famed Blizzard of ’78, which pulverized the region so devastatingly on opening night that the second Monday of the tournament was pushed back to March 1. A hardy band of 11,666 braved the weather that year, marooning plenty at the old Garden.
“It’s like Bill Belichick or Bill Parcells said, ‘It is what it is,’ ” York said. “We’ll just practice at our regular time [on Monday] and then gear up for Tuesday night.”
York said the confluence of events should work out nonetheless.
“The site was available [tomorrow]. TV was available. We’ll be ready,” York said. “We’ve had regular-season games canceled or postponed in the past because of a snowstorm. I guess it comes with the college hockey territory, but it’s the correct call, especially for the fan base and all the commuters.”
Boston University coach David Quinn spoke in similar tones.
“Our Super Bowl was postponed a day,” Quinn said. “It just means one more practice. We’re all playing under the same situation. It just means we get little more rest. We’ll be ready for 5 p.m, on Tuesday.”
Northeastern coach Jim Madigan was a sophomore penalty-kill ace on the Huskies in 1983 when a snowstorm similarly pushed the first round back a day.
“I think it’s indifferent. It’s neutral. It’s no advantage either way,” Madigan said about any lingering effects on the entrants. “We’ve been waiting [eight days]. We didn’t play Friday or Saturday. You just have to have a little patience. It is what it is. More than anything, it affects you on the back end, because now you have a short week and I think all the teams travel this week.”
All four Beanpot schools have road games on Friday — BU is at Massachusetts-Lowell, BC at Merrimack, Northeastern at UMass and Harvard at rival Yale. The Crimson play twice between Beanpot games, heading to Providence for a Saturday tilt with Brown.
This article was written by John Connolly from Boston Herald and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.