Too Much Hockey?
folks at the FleetCenter, Boston University and the NCAA are out
to prove that there’s no such thing as too much hockey.
potential for Boston Bruins home playoff games during the Frozen
Four could present a logistical nightmare, the powers that be
are convinced that the games – all five of them –
will go on as scheduled, should the Bruins finish in the top four
in the Eastern Conference.
is based on the fact that the Bruins are going to have home-ice
advantage in the first round,” said Boston University Sports
Information Director Ed Carpenter, whose school is the event’s
host. “We had a conference call the other day and that’s
the assumption that we are going from.”
in all, it could be an incredibly busy sports weekend in Boston.
Frozen Four dates are set for April 8 and 10, while the
Red Sox home opener is Friday the 9th, beginning a three-game
series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Then there’s
the possibility of a Bruins playoff series beginning April
7 and 9.
the Celtics are on the road that weekend. Then again, at
12 games under .500 and fading fast, nobody is likely to
notice them anyway.
Brackets & Times
Bruins stand in fifth place in the Eastern Conference, one point
out of fourth. If they hosted a first-round playoff series, Game
1 would be held Wednesday, April 7. The Frozen Four semifinals
would follow on Thursday the 8th, with Game 2 of the NHL series
on Friday. The championship game is set for Saturday the 10th.
All the while,
the FleetCenter staff would work to ensure that everything looked
normal for fans at both events. After the Bruins game on Wednesday,
dasher board advertisements would be replaced with NCAA banners,
and seats would be removed to make way for an NCAA Productions
television crew. Advertisements away from the rink surface wouldn’t
be removed, but would not be lit up during NCAA games. The entire
process would take place in reverse after the semifinals, and
again before the championship game.
assignments and practice schedules are out of sight of most fans,
but could present bigger challenges. Still, organizers are confident.
going to be a lot more work,” Carpenter said, “but
it will get done.”
of the amount of work it takes, you won’t catch Frozen Four
organizers rooting against the Bruins.
not,” Carpenter said. “One of our own Boston University
Terrier alums is coaching the Bruins (Mike Sullivan). We want
to see him succeed and be named the NHL Coach of the Year.”