Key Historical Facts and Terms

Curious names, like Conn Smythe, are hardly reserved for the NHL. Here are a few names and terms from college hockey culture to familiarize yourself with:

Hobey Baker: College hockey's award for the top player in the game is named for the sport's first legend. Hobey Baker was a standout football and hockey player at Princeton in the 1910s, quite possibly the best American ever to lace 'em up. He died in a plane crash in World War I.

The MacNaughton Cup: This Stanley Cup-sized chalice goes to the regular-season winner of the WCHA. It's accepted with some trepidation, however: at least recently, regular season success has led to postseason disappointment.

The Beanpot: This just-completed tournament pits four Boston schools Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern each February at the FleetCenter.

Broadmoor Arena: This Colorado Springs resort hosted the first 10 NCAA Tournaments. The college coach of the year award is named after its proprietor, Spencer Penrose.

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