April 17, 2012
It's been a little over a week now, but the celebration hasn't ended just yet. Winning the 2012 National Championship has set off a whirlwind of activities for the members of Boston College's hockey team, and they're trying to soak it all in while they can.
From celebrating BC's fifth championship on Tuesday to being honored during the Boston Bruins' first game of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Thursday, the players have been getting a lot of star treatment as of late. After throwing out the first pitch at a BC baseball game on Saturday, some took the time to reflect on everything they've done after their 4-1 win against Ferris State.
What makes it all so special is that they've been able to share it with each other.
"The fact that we're going to be able to share this experience for this week and the rest of our lives is pretty special," junior Brooks Dryoff said. "Our locker room was so tight this year. It was really a pleasure to be a part of."
"The most memorable thing is just winning it with the guys," sophomore Kevin Hayes added. "After the game, handing [the trophy] off guy to guy, holding it up to the fans was great."
The on-ice celebration and the party in the locker room, complete with the blasting of their victory song, "Call Me Maybe," was a high point for the players, but many pointed to the parade as being one of the most special moments of the post-championship festivities.
"It was definitely a cool experience," senior Chris Venti said. "Seeing how many fans came out to support us and the faculty, students and everyone was so great. You realize how fortunate you are to be a part of this university."
Freshman Danny Linell echoed Venti, adding, "The trolleys were fun because you'd never think you'd actually go on one but we did."
Sophomore Patrick Brown and freshman Mark Begert agreed that celebrating with their teammates and the seniors in particular at the parade was a lot of fun, but they said that it was more thrilling to get a standing ovation at the TD Garden. For Hayes, who was a Bruins fan growing up, it was an especially amazing feeling to go back there as a national champion.
"I've been to plenty of Bruins games so it was just fun being there and getting honored," Hayes said.
The upperclassmen were lucky to have the chance to take the trophy back to their dorm rooms or, in some cases, to visit their family members.
"I brought it to my mom's work so she liked that," Venti said. "She's a florist so she put flowers all around it."
"I didn't do anything too crazy," Dryoff noted. "We took it back to our room one night, just so a bunch of our friends could see it. That was cool."
Winning their second national championship during their four years at BC had an additional perk for the seniors.
"I know a bunch of the seniors slept with [the trophy] so I think that's pretty funny," Linell said, with a laugh.
Even though festivities will end eventually, they'll always have their memories of taking home the Beanpot and Hockey East Tournament titles, winning a BC single-season record 19 straight games and skating to a victory in the most important game of all to look back on.
As he stood behind the backstop of BC's baseball diamond after throwing out the first pitch and being recognized yet again, Linell found he was at a loss to describe what his first national championship meant to him.
"It was an unbelievable experience," Linell said. "I'll leave it at that."
Written by Jen Dobias