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Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot, Massachusetts Yours And Mine

I’ve written my thoughts on the 2012-13 season. I’ve opined about the current state of the Massachusetts hockey program. Now there’s nothing left to say but goodbye and thanks. As I first warned back in December, this season is my last writing about the UMass hockey program and with nothing left to write about, then this is the last post. Hanging up the blog is bittersweet. I am looking forward to what awaits; a baby girl due in June, a house on the horizon, the ability to watch TV from October through April, not scrambling to fix typos on my iPhone at Mass Pike rest stops, and losing the distraction of crunching Hockey East power play statistics while at work. But I’ll still miss this. I’m amazed at what a big part of my life Fear The Triangle has become. I’ve somehow trained myself to answer while being addressed as “Fear” or “Mr. Triangle”. I’m even more amazed that Fear The Triangle has become a regular part of the lives of so many others.

I started the blog for therapeutic reasons really. Just a distraction from an unfulfilling, stressful job and a chance to do something creative. As I wrote in my very first post, my hope was that this place would become the spot where UMass hockey fans go for news, insight, and opinion related to the team. Did it ever. Just a couple weeks in I was already averaging about 100 views per day to the blog. I was ecstatic. Who knew so many people wanted to read what I had to say about hockey, a game I’ve never even played. I had no idea just how many people would ultimately look to FTT for everything related to UMass hockey. At its in-season height the blog was averaging 550 views per day from all over the world. Last July, when the fandom was whipped up to a furor over the coaching search, the blog reached an astounding 1,100 views a day. To say this is beyond the expectations I had would be an understatement.

I loved the fact that FTT became a place where fans went to find out what was going on with their team. After all, that’s what I billed this place as. A UMass hockey blog for the fans, by a fan. And I had plenty of fans of all ages, some with season tickets going back to the early triangle jersey era to freshmen just hitting the campus, reach out to me and let me know how much they visited the blog. UMass aficionados of all ages enjoyed the blog to keep up with UMass hockey. But a funny thing happened that I really didn’t anticipate. People other than fans were reading too.

Somewhere along the way I realized that my hardcore readers were split between the loyal fans like myself and the parents of the players. Honestly, initially I never thought parents would enjoy FTT. Everything I wrote was intended for the fan. I wanted to be open and honest about how I felt the team was performing. That definitely included criticisms of players when I thought they weren’t playing well enough. I figured this would turn off parents and they’d ignore the place. But they didn’t, they embraced it and even embraced me. The number of interactions I had with a hockey parent truly angry at something I wrote was probably no more than three times max. At the same time numerous times parents have said they’ve appreciated my honesty and thanked me for keeping them informed on the team. I never anticipated FTT would be a lifeline for parents to follow their sons’ hockey careers. But it was, especially for those from afar who can’t regularly attend games. I was humbled during a midwest road trip in my second year of writing when one of the parents told me FTT was the first website they looked at each morning.

Building off that idea, and not as surprising, is that the players read this blog too. If I thought the parents would hate the blog because of what I was writing then surely the players would detest me. But they didn’t. At least none have mentioned such so far. The players I’ve had the chance to interact with have been appreciative and, well, have shown exactly the type of character we’ve grown accustomed to as UMass fan. In the last week I’ve gotten a number of touching messages of thanks from some of the current players. I’ll also always remember Paul Dainton giving me a wave of thanks as he walked out of his senior night post-game press conference.

The other group that ended up being regular readers that I didn’t expect were others around Hockey East. Opposing fans, other bloggers, and even (legitimate) media were readers of Fear The Triangle. And that has meant a ton to me. Again, this was meant to be a UMass hockey blog, for UMass hockey fans, from the viewpoint of a UMass hockey fan. Was my writing biased towards UMass hockey? I sure as hell hope so. Otherwise I was doing it wrong. Yet opposing fans and fan blogs enjoyed it. And as I wrote more and explored Hockey East on the web more I grew to respect and get to know the other fanbases better than I ever thought I would. I actually like following the Boston College hockey fans on Twitter, have met a few of them, and can say they’re very good people. Just a few short years ago I didn’t think such a thing was possible. As for the media members that read and enjoyed FTT, that is the ultimate compliment that can be bestowed upon me and the site. If the people that are trained to write about sports, who actually know what they’re doing enjoy this place then I must be doing something right.

So those are the different readers that I am so thankful for FTT started for selfish reasons, something I wanted to do for myself. But as the readership grew and grew it helped motivate me to do a better job so I wouldn’t let down the readers. I did what I could to help build an informed UMass hockey fanbase. There were lots of times when I’d come home from a long day of work or wake up on a Sunday morning after pulling into my South Shore home at 2am following the trip back from Amherst and just not want to write about hockey. Especially after a loss. But I did. Because I felt that you, the readers, were depending on me. It bothered me to think of a dedicated UMass fan who was logging onto the site to see what the latest news was surrounding the hockey program only to find it hadn’t been updated in two days. So I kept writing more and more. And people kept reading more and more. And I really started to enjoy it at that point. But a strange thing happened along the way. This blog brought me to places and into situations I never thought I’d experience.

Fear The Triangle allowed me to attend a Hockey East media day at the Legends in TD Bank Garden where I got to witness the organized chaos of the event first hand. For a couple seasons I was able to attend post game press conferences in the Mullins Center, rubbing shoulders with other college hockey writers who I have tremendous respect for. In something I never ever thought in my life I’d do, I actually attended a press conference at Fenway Park as a member of the media. What an amazing thrill that was, despite the fact that it was in the 90s that day they announced the Frozen Fenway games. I at least fared better than Bananas, the Maine mascot, who was overtaken by the heat. Lastly for a season FTT allowed me to be a NESN Correspondent, calling in my report from the Mullins Center to the weekly Hockey East Live show that preceded their game broadcasts. I am not comfortable with public speaking and every reasonable part of me screamed not to do it. But I did it anyway because when else is a boring financial analyst going to get the chance to talk about the sport he loves on NESN on a regular basis? It was one of the scariest things I’ve ever done, but worth every ounce of adrenaline it ultimately burned.

Yep, this place allowed me to do things I never though possible. But it wasn’t without some help along the way. I have a lot of people to thank. I’ll start off with the people who have to deal with me all the time. My friends in Section U. Thanks for your insight and your support. For those who credit me for my devotion to UMass hockey, the others in Section U are just as knowledgeable, just as loyal, they just don’t happen to write a blog about it. Thanks to the other fans I’ve gotten to know along the way. I’ve slowly worn the triangle less and less over the years but that hasn’t stopped people from stopping me in the concourse or from coming over to Section U in between periods to talk. It’s been great to get to know so many of you and quite honestly great to talk UMass hockey with so many devoted fans.

I’ve enjoyed getting to know so many student fans as well. It’s been good becoming friends with the boys from Fight Mass. They’re loud. They’re obnoxious. But they’re our loud, obnoxious fans. And their deep love to UMass and its teams cannot be questioned. The fact that they enjoy good beer didn’t hurt forming a bond either. Thanks to the two flag guys, Ben and Adam, for their support and friendship as well. Those two have been in some pretty uncomfortable situations trying to get the UMass flag into opposing arenas. But they’ve remained faithful to the flag no matter how many cavity searches they’ve had to endure. For that work they’ve created a true tradition for UMass hockey, one that next year will be handed down to Greg, another regular FTT reader. The last student group I want to recognize is the Bench Crew, a group of avid female fans who sit (you guessed it) behind the bench every game. These aren’t some flighty girls watching the games just to check out how hot the players are though (though I assume they probably do that too), these girls know their hockey. And they are the ones you can thank for the whole Free Moore campaign to get Kevin Moore to play in last year’s senior night. Not only were they successful, they got the #freemoore hashtag trending on Twitter and mentioned by NHL stars. That was damn impressive.

I want to thank people affiliated with the hockey program. UMass Sports Information Director John Sinnett was extremely gracious towards me, treating me much as if I was a media member and allowing me access to the postgame press conferences and practices. As a blogger that wasn’t something I expected but he was very accommodating and I appreciate that. When he moved up to his current job last year, Jillian Jakuba took his place covering hockey and has been equally friendly and accommodating and I’ve enjoyed watching her put her fingerprint on UMass media relations. There are other people affiliated with the department like Todd MacDonald and Matty G who I’ve enjoyed getting to know. I’d also like to thank Associate Athletic Director Rocko DeLuca who has always been open and friendly with me, even when I’ve been writing posts directly challenging the athletic department. Of course I want to thank coach Micheletto for the few times I’ve been been able to speak with him. The first time I met him was shortly after he was hired, when I had just been pretty critical of the coaching search process and my friends nearby joked that I probably was now seen as an enemy of the athletic department. I’ll never forget that Mick told me that “Sometimes you have to wear the black hat”. It was a great observations that I think of regularly. Maybe too much? Lastly I have to thank former coach Toot Cahoon for all his support. After my first season of writing FTT I honestly didn’t even know if he was aware that the blog existed. And then surprisingly at the post season golf tournament that June he recognized me for my hard work in front of everyone. He was always so friendly and so supportive no matter what I wrote. I think he was just happy that someone was putting a deserved spotlight on the program and it didn’t bother him in the least if at the same time I was sometimes critical of how he was doing. You can question Toot’s coaching, but you cannot question his character. There are very few better people that I’ve met in my life and though he started a Terrier, he’ll always be a Minuteman in my eyes.

Thanks to all the fellow bloggers and media people I’ve had the opportunity to get to know over the years. It starts with Matt Vautour and Dick Baker who have done a great job covering the team since pretty much forever. I used to read Matty’s work in the Collegian when I myself was a student and it’s been great to get to know him over the years. I’ve seen him get criticized for not covering hockey enough, but that’s really unfair. Not only is he very knowledgeable about the sport, but please realize that he’s busy covering ALL of the UMass sports. All of them. And he covers them all well. Dick Baker on the other hand is all hockey. But he’s been covering the sport forever and knows more about the history of hockey in Western Mass than anyone I’ve met, from Eddie Shore to Thomas Pöck. Thanks to both of those guys and while I haven’t met him, Harry Plumer has also done a good job covering the team since he jumped into the role. So many others I want to recognize. The Collegian has had some excellent people covering hockey, including the guys doing it now. But my recent favorites were Jeff Howe, now the Patriots reporter for the Herald, and Joe Meloni. Joe’s a great hockey writer and someone who has been very supportive of the blog. And I’m pretty sure that’s not just because I once gave him a ride to Yale. Mike McMahon in my opinion is probably the best writer in Hockey East and I read his Mack Report blog a few times a day. If something is going on in the conference, he knows about it. And he also has been a big supporter of FTT. Thanks to all the other media guys out there. Josh Seguin and (another former Collegian writer) Michael King at College Hockey News. Scott McLaughlin is someone I’ve never met but whose work I respect a lot. Joshua Kummins is a writer in training, just a high schooler who does great work and will be covering sports soon enough for his college paper. Thanks to all the other bloggers I’ve interacted with. There’s a lot of good ones out there like the folks at BC Interruption, Husky Hockey News, BC Hockey Blog, BU Hockey Blog, Ice is Life. There’s a lot out there to read if you’re into Hockey East and a lot of them are just as dedicated as what you’re accustomed to here. Thanks to Bob McGovern and Marc Bertrand. They’ve previously mentioned that FTT helped inspire them to create the spectacular UMass football blog Maroon Musket, which in my opinion is superior to Fear The Triangle in every way shape or form. But if what I did helped create that, I’m happy. Selfishly happy since I love reading their coverage of the football team which is entirely top notch. Lastly I want to thank my good friend Jim Clark, High School Sports Editor for the Herald. As a member of the legitimate media he relayed a lot of good pointers for the blog, even when he probably didn’t realize when he was actually relaying them. And he was my de facto, and much needed, copy editor, catching the stupidest of mistakes before the general public had ever clicked on the story.

I have to separately thank the UMass hockey broadcast media. Donnie Moorhouse is who I remember providing the play by play of some of the best moments of UMass hockey. He’s been a great supporter of FTT and has a tremendous knowledge of the sport. I enjoyed getting to know John Hennessey when he was working for UMass hockey, especially some of his stories. I always get complimented for my dedication to UMass hockey for driving from the South Shore to Amherst for games. John drove from New Jersey to Amherst for every game and if it was an away game he’d then climb on a bus for another however many hours. That’s dedication. I’ve really enjoyed Adam Frenier’s addition to the broadcast team and think he’s done great on color this season. A few weeks ago, after I announced FTT was shutting down, he said he was “sorry to hear we’re losing you”. I replied, “Losing me? You’re gaining me. I’m going to depend on you guys to follow the team”. Just as FTT was a written lifeline for fans to follow the team, the radio broadcasts are a godsend for those trying to follow the games. But they’re only as good as the broadcasters and I think we as UMass fans have been blessed with some damn good ones. Which leads me to Brock Hines. Because I write this blog and have been following this team since 1993 I’ve gotten this reputation as the UMass hockey expert. Wrong. When I want to know something about UMass hockey, I go to Brock. He has only missed a handful of games in the last twenty seasons. Players come and go, coaches come and go, his broadcast partners come and go, but Brock is still there every weekend during the winter talking UMass hockey. There are few people who have been more supportive of FTT than Brock and for that I am extremely thankful. I’m also glad that the Hockey East media day I attended in 2010 was the one where he won the Joe Concannon Media Award for the league and I got to witness it firsthand. Honestly, what took them so long?

With the blog becoming popular with the hockey parents as a result I got to know them. And honestly, I have a lot of respect for the life of a DI college hockey parent. They live and die with their kids’ performance. I thought I take losses hard? Try talking to a goaltender’s mom just after they let up an overtime goal. They drive unimaginable distances just to find their son is a healthy scratch. Honestly I’m glad that FTT served a purpose for them to follow the team and their sons. And, on a selfish level, I’m glad I got to know so many of them. They are hardcore fans. Sometimes their priorities are a little different than the typical fan, but they are all in for UMass. And they’re fun. In the four years I wrote FTT I had the pleasure of ringing in the New Year with UMass hockey parents twice. Once in a hotel bar in Madison, Wisconsin and the other in a Hanover, New Hampshire hotel room turned bar. Hockey parents are great to be arounde and I thank them for including me in their circle and for their support, even if I may have said their son sucked at some point in time.

The last thank you is to you, the Fear The Triangle readers. If I didn’t have any readers, I wouldn’t have had any motivation to make this place better. You folks drove extended recruiting coverage, the View From Section U columns, better previews, more in depth recaps. I put out a product, people started reading, I responded by improving it, and even more people started reading. I kept working hard for the blog and the readers responded. And it motivated me. And I thank you for that. I also thank those of you who regularly interacted on FTT. I am by no means an expert on hockey or UMass hockey. My opinions on how the team was performing or where the program stood are just that, opinions. I hope I never came across like an expert, because I’m not. And because of that I was always eager to know what others thought. Thanks to those who shared their thoughts through the comments. There were a lot of you. A lot commented anonymously, but there were some, like George, Will, my good friend Angry Mel, the next Red Berenson Justin, Carson, and Gregg, who regularly put their names to their comments who I would like to recognized. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. This was a UMass hockey fan blog for the fans, by the fans and your interaction, as fans, was a great part of it.

Lastly, I have to thank my wife. She has always been extremely supportive of not only the blog, but my obsession with UMass hockey. How long has it been since UMass missed the playoffs? I realized the other day the last time UMass had a senior night without a playoff game to follow was a game against Merrimack in 2002. That was the third date for my now wife and I. I talked her into going to UMass hockey for a date. Since the team was bad, we sat in a nearly empty Section W where she nearly got concussed by a puck flying into the stands. As the puck was heading for her forehead I was just able to reach out and deflect it away with my fingertip. The rest is history. We went to almost all the games the next year as we continued our relationship and have had season tickets ever since. UMass hockey has been a big part of our relationship and despite all the time I’ve spent in recent years in front of the computer she’s always encouraged me with my hobby in addition to being a loyal reader.

That’s about it. I’ve said what I wanted to say. Recognized who I wanted to recognize. And thanked who I’ve wanted to thank (although there are some I likely missed). For me it’s time to move on to a new part of my life. Gone are the long nights writing, crunching stats, or figuring out who the third leading scorer on Northeastern is. Those nights will be replaced with changing diapers, mowing lawns, and dedicating myself to raising the Commonwealth’s newest Minuteman fan properly (odds on the baby’s first words being “BC sucks” are 50/50). I’ll still get to games when I can. I’ll be sure to watch or listen to every game, that’s for sure. And if you still want to know what I have to say on the team (and beer snob beers), then follow the Fear The Triangle Twitter account, because I plan to keep that going strong. In a few years down the road you’ll see me in he Mullins Center with a maroon clad toddler in tow. But FTT is going away. Could I find some unforeseen time in the future to bring it back? Perhaps. But I wouldn’t count on it.

So I hope you have enjoyed the last four years. I did. Sorry I couldn’t write about more jovial times for UMass hockey. The four years I decide to devote my free time to the UMass hockey team they end up going 40-78-14. Damn, what can you do. But it’s taken me even closer to the team. I probably know these senior and junior classes as well as I know the successful 2007, 2004, and 2003 teams. I feel I have a much better understanding of the peaks and deep, deep valleys of the program recently. So while the Thomas Pöcks and Jon Quicks should be honored, let’s not forget all the others who pull on the UMass sweater, adorned in triangle or not. For every Greg Mauldin there’s a T.J. Syner. For a Matt Anderson there’s an Eddie Olczyk.

If you ever decided to start a blog, write about something you love and spending time on it will rarely seem like a chore. Even if you’re writing about a team with a losing record. I love UMass hockey so that’s why you got Fear The Triangle. I hope I helped you follow the team. I hope I provided insight to what was going on with the program. I hope I enlightened you. I hope you disagreed with me. I hope you thought I was supportive of the team when they deserved praise. I hope you feel I demanded better of the team when they were under performing. I hope I’ve brought attention to the program externally and internally and I hope those in positions of power at the University of Massachusetts will realize the potential of the program and help it reach the pinnacle of college hockey. I hope I’ve upset some people and made their lives harder if it ends up benefitting the program. I hope I’ve done a good job recognizing and honoring the tremendous sacrifice that is made by every student-athlete who pulls on the maroon and white sweater each season. Getting through college is tough. Doing it with the demands that are required to be a NCAA hockey player should be applauded. Regularly. I hope the blog helped develop some hardcore UMass hockey fans. Honestly if I had a hand in creating just one or two more loyal Massachusetts Minuteman hockey fans it’ll all have been worth it.

With fierce loyalty, Massachusetts we cheer for thee. Go UMass!

Mark F. Coogan ‘98 ‘06MBA
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33 Comments

  1. Well done, man. Thanks for everything you have ever written. I don’t even want to think about what I will do to get my UMass hockey news without your blog around. But your blog helped me learn way more about the team and become a way more passionate fan than I ever though possible. So I am eternally grateful for that. Good luck w the baby!

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    • Thanks Carson. Thanks for regularly contributing with your comments. In fact I should’ve included you in my post. Excuse me as I edit.

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      • Well thanks very much for that, but my contributions truly pale in comparison to yours. Look forward to keeping up with you on twitter 🙂

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  2. I enjoy reading hockey exchanges on umasshoops, but when it comes to getting a fresh, on the Mark (sorry) look at UMass hockey, this was the place to go. You are to be commended for your hard work and dedication. I can read semi regular coverage of UMass hockey in the Gazette or Republican and you are correct, I can follow the team on radio with the solid broadcast teams we’ve had and have. But nowhere could I get “on demand” opinions that the others won’t or can’t give for various reasons except here. Several times a week you posted everything from news to opinions, to updates on recruits and I’ll miss it all. I hope you and your wife have a healthy happy youngster and enjoy because the time goes by quickly.

    A dedicated FTT reader,

    George

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  3. Mrs. Fear the Triangle

     /  March 14, 2013

    Baby Fear and I are so incredibly proud of you. Great job honey!

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  4. (In typical Fight Mass fashion, we posted this on the wrong post originally.)
    We love you Papa Triangle. Thanks for everything forever.
    ❤ Fight Mass

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  5. Will

     /  March 15, 2013

    I did not realize how lucky I was to come to UMass as a freshman in 2009. I was blessed to have a go-to hockey blog for all four years of my undergraduate studies. After every game, be it a win over #1 ranked BC or a blowout loss to Merrimack, I clicked my refresh button every few minutes until your thoughts appeared on my screen. I like to think that there isn’t a post I haven’t read, as I searched for every piece of UMass Hockey writing I could find to get me through the weeks between games and the months between seasons. I appreciate all of the work you have done to make this blog a success, and you are right there with James Marcou as the top reasons I became a hockey fan.

    -Will (Hard Hat Guy)

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  6. Ryan

     /  March 15, 2013

    Mark, sad to see the blog go but it has been great getting to know you over the years, and your love for the program is unmatched. You even got to watch me grow up over the years at games (even if I was known as that random little kid that’s everywhere). Good luck in the upcoming and exciting times ahead. Kind of funny I ended up with another program at the end (some of us know which one) but I always read the blog daily and found it very informative.

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    • Yep. I feel like I did get to watch you grow up. Obviously should helped raise you better though considering where you ended up. Just kidding. Good luck to you guys.

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  7. Thanks for all your insights and hard work – we all appreciate it. Best of luck in the next part of life. – Bill G ’02

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  8. Mark FTT will be missed by the Pond Club.
    You were always a great source of information for those who couldn’t make it to the games. It is the end of a positive era of Umass Hockey. Take care of that little girl who is enroute in June. Stay in touch! We need your perspective!

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    • Thanks Sully. I’ll still be around to write about UMass hockey. It’ll just be 140 letters or less now.

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  9. winger

     /  March 15, 2013

    Gonna miss the blog, its been a great help since I moved away from mass. But hey at least next year I get a game or two at Nortre Dame to get my fix in! (so excited about babies though…..that could be just cause I am a chick!)

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    • Thanks Winger, especially for providing pics in the early FTT days. Glad you’ll be getting your Hockey East fix nearby soon.

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  10. Thanks for allowing me to take a trip back to my days in the student section through your blog. It’s been about six years since I’ve had to hang up the Maroon-shaded goggles and exchange them for a shirt and tie. I’ve enjoyed it obviously, but your blog helped me relieve my last few days in the stands — my last game as a fan at the Mullins was Game 2 against Maine in the 2007 Hockey East tournament.

    Hope all is well with you and your family and Baby Triangle.

    Thanks,

    Joe

    P.S. You gave me a ride to Quinnipiac.

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    • Thanks Joe. Great to get to know you over the last few years. Thanks for your great college hockey coverage.

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  11. You did a great job writing about the program, enough so that even I (as a Lowell fan) would come over regularly to check and see what you thought was going on at Amherst. Plus it was a pleasure to meet you (and the Fight Mass guys) and have a beer or two with you a couple of times. Good luck in the future.

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    • Thanks Monty. One of the great things about FTT was getting to know so many fans from the other fanbases. It’s amazing to see the fans all come together over their shared love of college hockey.

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  12. When I wasn’t watching the game I’d watch you and Lori together. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more loving couple. Thanks and best of luck in the future.

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  13. jjmc85

     /  March 15, 2013

    I’ll miss seeing you next year at the games. It won’t be the same. Thanks a lot for taking me in and making me feel welcome in Section U. I appreciate it a lot.

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  14. It was a great run my friend. It doesn’t seem so long ago you and I would intently watch pregame warm-ups to pick weak spots on opposing goaltenders. Or walking into Alfond Arena with the outside temperature a balmy -35 F. As you stated in your beautiful eulogy to the blog very few people in this life get to pour their heart and sou into a hobby that they love. Even fewer people find an understanding partner in their life that’s willing to go along for that ride. You sir hit the jackpot with both. Thanks to you for your dedication to the sport, the university, and to your family and friends. I’m looking forward to a Foxboro tailgate or a post game celebratory adult beverage with you and the Section U crew when I come back north next fall.

    Chris Ward
    B.S. 1999

    P.S. – I’m still waiting for my residual check for being FTT’s New Jersey Devils and 2012 Stanley Cup Finals beat reporter.

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    • Thanks Wardy. Although you weren’t there a lot, you and Justin are definitely part of the Section U crew mentioned in my post.

      Will probably be scarce at tailgates this year but you’re more than welcome at Casa De Triangle.

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  15. Shit man. This was so awesome- in the truest sense of the word. Your dedication and time and energy was/is so appreciated, and helped me to follow along as best as I could with other stuff going on.

    Not a ton of folks following this squad the year I first jumped on the Section U bandwagon…Keiron, Wardy, Jeff/Wendy, Karen…I’m sure a few others I’m forgetting. Oh god…the boys went 6-24-3 that year. That was wretched. Amazing we still love the team. 😀
    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0007351998.html

    After we’re responsible fathers, I owe you a beer, and we can sit down and talk about Markus Helanan against Maine, Chris Capraro against BU, Jeff Blanchard’s spin move against everyone (or no one you could argue), Tim Turner against UHN, Kevin Freaking Jumbo Joe Jarman against Clarkson, and a million other silly things.

    You’re a lucky guy, but you worked real hard to get there. Congratulations and many thanks. I’ll see you around the rink.

    -Justin

    UMass BA ’99, Section U for life.

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    • Thanks Justin. Sorry FTT won’t be around to cover your name being thrown around in a future coaching search.

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  16. Alex

     /  March 17, 2013

    Although I have only known about Fear the Triangle for a couple of months, I consider myself lucky to have had an opportunity to read a firsthand opinion on all things regarding UMass hockey. This website has provided wonderful insight on the current state of the program. Although UMass hasn’t been the at the pinnacle of hockey east for prolonged stretches, they are still a great team to follow. I must commend you on all the daunting work it takes to keep this blog running every day. My favorite sport is college hockey and this site has been the only one to provide up-to-date information, facts, and opinions regarding an otherwise “unpopular” sport that is college hockey. I am glad to see UMass hockey garner more fan support and your website has been a foremost in doing so. I am an incoming student at the Commonwealth Honors College for the class of 2017, and I can honestly say that I will miss Fear the Triangle in my coming four years at UMass Amherst. With that said, I thank you once again for all the hard work you have done to provide such a loyal fan base with the best information possible. Go UMass!

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    • Thanks Alex. Glad I was able to help you follow the program before you even set foot on campus. The team needs string student support from people like yourself. Congratulations on your choice to attend UMass! It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Twice.

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  17. Thanks for everything Mark! FTR will be missed! I’ll hoist a pint of Bell’s Pale Ale in rememberance . See ya ’round the rink!

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  18. ganderson9754

     /  March 19, 2013

    FTT!!!!

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