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Giving Thanks

Time to reflect upon and give thanks for all the blessings in my life.

I am thankful for UMass hockey’s first win of the season.

I am thankful that Jack Parker did not feel it necessary to do everything he could to get Mike Pereira to join his brother on Comm Ave.

I am thankful to have a senior captain goaltender in the same year that he has so many inexperienced freshmen in front of him.

I am thankful that the future in net looks bright with Jeff Teglia between the pipes for three years.

I am thankful that the team is finishing strong in games and outscoring opponents by four goals in the third period.

I am thankful that UMass hockey, with four different players putting in time in the NHL this season, continues to establish itself as a program where players can develop for the next level.

I am thankful that all those WCHA teams missed out on AJHL talent Branden Gracel.

I am thankful that UMass had the most players on the Hockey East All-Academic team because after all, that’s what it’s all about.

I am thankful for whatever it is that makes T.J. Syner the fastest player in the league.

I am thankful that the UMass penalty kill completely shutdown Vermont on Tuesday.

I am thankful for the opportunity to experience Wisconsin hockey at the Kohl Center next month.

I am thankful for the quiet defensive dependability of Doug Kublin.

I am thankful that UMass isn’t the only team in the conference experiencing growing pains this season.

I am thankful that UMass plays in the best hockey conference in the country.

I am thankful that Derek Kellogg’s crew has gotten off to such a good start.

I am thankful for Toot recruiting fast, exciting players suited to the big ice of the Mullins Center.

I am thankful for Stoney at the Hangar for bringing in such great beers from around the world for me to enjoy with my wings before each and every game.

I am thankful that Hockey East hasn’t decided to implement shootouts (again).

I am thankful for continuing to find ways around the new, unfortunate $10 charge to park in the usual Mullins lot.

I am thankful to spend Thanksgiving in Western Mass, which I consider home despite growing up between the north shore and Colorado and now living on the south shore.

I am thankful the Dan Hawkins era is over in Boulder.

I am thankful that my UMass degrees helped me find a new job this year that is much better than the one I had.

I am thankful for the cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee that I start each day with.

 I am thankful to not only have a wife that allows me to travel all over New England and the country watch hockey, but enjoys doing so herself.

I am thankful for all the other great UMass hockey fans I’ve met over the years.

I am thankful that in two days I get to be in the Mullins Center to watch yet another UMass hockey game.

Happy Thanksgiving UMass hockey fans!

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8 Comments

  1. Jason W

     /  November 25, 2010

    One thing that I am thankful for is you and Fear The Triangle. The time and effort you put into attending games, supporting our university, and putting out a top-notch blog is outstanding.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    Oh.. and Mullins charges for parking now? What lots??

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    • Anonymous

       /  November 25, 2010

      The green lot in front of the yellow lot – and the kicker is, half that lot is still blocked off so you are paying $10 to park in the back of that lot.

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      • Jason W

         /  November 27, 2010

        Of course its the lot I always park in.

        I am offended and disgusted by this. Thanks to their wonderful decision, I will now be attending a lot less games this year. Why trek 2+ hours each way only to have more of my money taken from me.

        $1? Sure. $2? Thats fine. But from $0 to $10 for nothing is disgusting.

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        • I wouldn’t let it keep you from games. There are some other, free options not much further. It just seems unnecessary to me.

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    • Thanks Jason. I’m just glad I’m able to help other UMass fans follow our team.

      The school has basically put in place the sane parking you see for hoops where the paved lot is now $10 while the back dirt lot is free. I stood and watched on Tuesday and saw five cars turnaround and park in the back lot and zero cars pay for parking. The demand is not there. Same thing is happening for football. The pay lot was empty all season.

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  2. UMass02

     /  November 25, 2010

    I can understand charging $10 for the first few rows in Green Lot, but the entire lot? This sends a bad message. I’ve twice overheard angry parents complaining about the parking situation while walking with their little kids toward the dirt Yellow Lot. Betcha those parents won’t be coming back anytime soon. I guess UMass isn’t aiming for families as paying customers.

    In case anybody is curious about how other HEA schools handle parking…

    BU, Northeastern, and Lowell charge for arena parking. There are free alternatives for all three, but they involve either on-street parking and/or walking through seedy areas.

    Merrimack charges for parking in their very small lot next to Lawler. Most visitors park in the free lot less than 100 yards from the arena.

    BC, Providence, UVM, Maine, and New Hampshire don’t charge for parking (at least the last times I’ve been at those schools).

    Outside of Hockey East, I know Yale and Harvard charge for arena parking. Cornell and Union don’t charge for parking.

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  3. hazmatkat

     /  November 26, 2010

    Another loyal UMass fan thankful for this awesome blog!

    Don’t know if it’s been mentionned yet but Alex Berry appears to be off to a good start with the Norfolk Admirals (17 GP, 5 G, 4 A and a +7)

    Quick is having a stellar season and I wish him the best.

    The team looked really good Tuesday night and I did notice that there was very little excitement from the team as they walked off the ice. Dainton was remarkable, nothing more to say there!

    As stated in the previous comments/blog entries, the new parking fee will likely pose a problem and will turn away fans especially those on a limited budget. The ticket prices for local AHL teams are very comparable and the packages(4 tickets, 4 hot dogs, 4 sodas=$49) given that the UMass ticket price is $12, hot dog is $3 and soda is $2.75.

    also grateful for the chance to see the guys back on the ice tomorrow night!

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    • Thanks Kat.

      That’s great about Berry. I knew he was fitting in well in Norfolk but hadn’t looked at the numbers recently.

      I’m not sure about the long term effect of making families trek in from the dirt lot, but if no one is ponying up the $10 extra for parking as it appears it seems silly to put in place. #1 rule in retail: only charge what people will pay.

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