Celebrating Conte Forum's Anniversary: In Their Own Words
Feb. 28, 2014
To mark the 25th anniversary of Conte Forum, former student-athletes retell their favorite memories on the court and ice.
“Having such a supportive student section was huge for us. Even leading up to those big games, the day before going to class there would be a buzz about the games. It was special seeing how excited the fans would get about those games. Obviously it was exciting for the players, but when you can have fans who are just as excited, if not more, it makes it so special going to the rink and playing for all of them. It was such an awesome atmosphere for all four of my years at Boston College. We have great fans and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we appreciate how much the fans get into the game and help us out.” – John Muse, Boston College ’11
Oct. 10, 2008 – Preseason No. 1-ranked Boston College hosted Wisconsin in the first game of the regular season. Just prior to the game, BC paid a final salute to its 2008 national title-winning team by raising the national championship banner to the Conte Forum rafters. In a back-and-forth game, the Eagles trailed 4-3 early in the third period. BC stormed back and won the game 5-4, thanks to a short-handed goal by Brian Gibbons and Cam Atkinson’s game winner at 13:30 of the third stanza. Sophomore John Muse made 28 saves in the contest.
“Of the three games that really stick out to me, the first game my sophomore year is probably my fondest memory at Kelley Rink. It was the night we raised the national championship banner from my freshman season in 2008 to the rafters in a pregame ceremony. We were hosting Wisconsin, which is a perennial power, and came back to win it late in the game. We scored twice late in the game and the place was so loud when we took the lead. Of course, raising the banner before the game was incredible too, honoring what the team did during my freshman year … in terms of other favorite games, obviously my first game in Conte Forum was one of them [Oct. 29, 2007 vs. North Dakota]. It was a back-and-forth game, up and down, and if I remember correctly there were a lot of shots both ways. It was an awesome first game and set the tone for the rest of the year for what the fans could expect from us … Finally, my last game in Conte, which was in the Hockey East playoffs [against Massachusetts on March 13, 2011 in the Hockey East quarterfinals]. After the game, Coach York sent Joe Whitney, Brian Gibbons and I back out on the ice one last time, which was really special.”