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FTT Hockey East All-Decade Team

Ok, so a reader a few weeks ago asked if I could share my Hockey East All-Decade picks and I thought it was a great idea, so here we go.  With the UMass ones said and done here’s what I think for all of Hockey East:

Forwards

Brian Gionta, Boston College– This is an easy pick.  Gionta is the only Hockey East player to be named All-Conference for all four years of his career.  That in itself is amazing.

Patrick Eaves, Boston College – Eaves was twice an All-Conference selection and the Hockey East player of the year in 2005.  He also was twice an All-American.

Peter MacArthur, Boston University – Kind of the wildcard of these selections, MacArthur never got a lot of national hype but he was three times an All-Conference selection and always one of the most dependable producers for the BU Terriers.

Defense

Andrew Alberts, Boston College – Twice a first team All-American, he was also voted one of Hockey East’s top defensive defensemen during the 25th anniversary of the conference.

Matt Gilroy, Boston Univeristy – Gilroy won the Hobey Baker for 2008-2009 and was named to the All-Conference team three times.

Goaltender

John Curry, Boston University – I had a tough time with this one.  I almost put Jimmy Howard here, but in the end Johnny Curry was an All-American, three times All-Conference, and a Player of the Year.

Listen, it kills me that my entire All-Decade team is all BC and BU players.  It looks like a freaking All-Beanpot team.  But I couldn’t go against my gut just to screw over one of those teams who have been oh so dominant this decade.  Howard almost made it, as did Colin Hemingway, Darren Haydar and a couple other players.  But in the end this team just felt right.  The MacArthur pick can be openly bashed, I admit,  but I had a tough time putting people in front of him because of his consistency.  I wish I could’ve put Tommy Pöck on it but his first couple years at forward hurt him.  He still is the only UMass player to date to have more than one year as All-Hockey East and selected as first team All-American.   

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This article seems to confirm that Quinnipiac will expectedly be returning a at the Mullins next year.  Strangely, it doesn’t look like Yale will reciprocate the game at their place from this year.  How very Harvard of them.

Other games reported or rumored so far for next year are seperate trips to Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as a game at Madison Square Garden against an unnamed opponent.

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6 Comments

  1. Ahlskog

     /  February 24, 2010

    We actually owed Yale a game, having played them at Mullins in ’97.

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    • You know, that does sound vaguely familiar. I think I knew that at one time but had forgotten. Good memory!

      Now if Harvard would just return the game they owe us from way back when…

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      • George

         /  February 24, 2010

        Actually we played AT Yale in, I believe, 1995 (right after the Maine upset) and they came up in 1997 to “pay us back”. Don’t think Toot would be getting into Joe Mallen’s business, but who knows?

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  2. Ryan

     /  February 24, 2010

    If I were picking the team I’d change MacArthur with Steve Saviano. As for goalie I agree with Curry but could see it going to either Howard or Mike Ayers also.

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  3. hatsoff

     /  February 24, 2010

    I probably would have picked one of the UNH forwards, Hemingway?, in place of MacArthur. To me they more define the character of HE regular season in the decade.

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  4. Both good suggestions, Ryan and hatsoff and I thought about both those guys. The fact that MacArthur was All-Hockey East three years in a row while those guys were not is why I gave him the nod.

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