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Hockey Team Feted At State House

Ben Smith addressed the House chamber during the Eagles' visit on June 23, 2010.

Ben Smith addressed the House chamber during the Eagles' visit on June 23, 2010.

June 23, 2010

In recognition of its capturing the 2010 NCAA title in Detroit, the Boston College hockey team was honored at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, June 23.

BC arrived at the foot of the State House at 12:30 p.m. The team proceeded to a meeting room near the House chamber where they were warmly greeted by Speaker of the House Robert A. DeLeo and Rep. Kevin Honan '81 . After the Speaker addressed the team, the Eagles were escorted onto the floor of the House of Representatives.

DeLeo called the members to order and then praised the 2010 national champions. He reserved a special salute for head coach Jerry York. After the Eagles received a thunderous ovation, York addressed the representatives - surrounded by the body's Boston College alums - expressing his appreciation for their support and conveying his pride in his players. York presented Speaker DeLeo with a Boston College hockey jersey with his name and number "10" on the back.

Assistant captains Ben Smith and Matt Lombardi followed York to the microphone. Both seniors eloquently communicated their gratitude to the members of the House for the recognition and support.

After leaving the House chamber, the Eagles posed for several team photos - with House members, Senator Brian Joyce '84 , Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray and several others. The team presented Murray with a BC jersey with his name and "2" on the back. Murray also accepted a jersey for Governor Deval Patrick (with his name and "1" on the back).

The Eagles were then escorted by Senator Joyce to the floor of the Senate, where they again were welcomed with kind words (by Sen. Joyce) and a nice round of applause. After leaving the Senate floor, Sen. Joyce took the team out onto a balcony outside the Senate chamber that overlooks the Boston Common. There he explained some of the building's history to the BC contingent.

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