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Hockey in Beantown

What is a group of Puckheads to do while visiting the city of Boston for the D-1 Hockey National Championship? Prior to the games on Thursday, we visited the rinks for all the teams that play in the annual Beanpot Tournament.

Boston University:

Agganis Arena; Boston University Campus

First stop was Agganis Arena on Commonwealth Avenue. The home of the Boston University Terriers. The rink seats 7200, with plush theater seats. I hate to get in the middle of Boston rivalries, but it was arguably the nicest arena we visited. It was also the newest, having been built in 2005.

Hobey, Hardware and Beanpot

I believe it was an assistant coach who gave us directions to get into the rink, after we tracked him down. Nice guy.


Boston College:

Conte Forum; Boston College Campus

A quick trip down Commonwealth brought us to Conte Forum on the campus of Boston College. The home of the BC Eagles. The Forum seats 8606, and opened in 1988.

Just a few of the banners at Conte Forum

Quite a bit larger than the BU rink, as well as older. Major construction was going on around the complex, but we had no trouble finding an open door. A pick up basketball game was taking place on the floor, and someone was even popping popcorn in the concourse.

Showing off the Hardware

One thing we all agreed on was that BC has a beautiful campus.

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Harvard University:

Bright-Landry Hockey Center; Harvard University Campus

Harvard University was our next stop, but the doors were locked to the Bright-Landry Hockey Center at Harvard Stadium. Luckily, a student with a key card approved of our Quest, and opened a door for us. Harvard had the only rink with the ice still in.

The home of the Crimson

The Hockey Center seats 3095 for hockey and opened in 1956.

We did not tour the campus, but did poke around Harvard Stadium a bit, where the football team plays. The Stadium is an early example of building with reenforced concrete. Harvard Stadium opened in November of 1903.

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Northeastern University:

Matthews Arena, Northeastern University Campus

Our final stop on the Quest was Northeastern University and Matthews Arena. We saved the oldest for last. Matthews Arena, which opened in April 1910, is the oldest ice arena still used for hockey, and the oldest multi-use athletic building still in use in the world. Sadly, this is all we saw of it. There was no sympathetic coach or approving student to allow us past the locked doors. In theory, the arena seats 6000 for hockey. We all agreed that the arena does have a nice arch.


Ted Williams on PBS

PBS is airing an incredible documentary through their American Masters series called Ted Williams: “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived”, and it is extremely well done.


Ted Williams in 1947

Ted Williams was a fascinating, yet complicated individual. Widely accepted as the greatest hitter that baseball has ever seen, Williams had a swing that was pure artistry. He also had a temper that both riled and endeared fans and sports writers alike.
He was the last man to hit over .400 during a MLB season, which Williams did in 1941. He also refused to tip his cap when on the field, even after hitting a home run. His final at bat at Fenway Park was a home run, yet his cap never left his head. In private, Williams raised millions of dollars for treatment and research for children with cancer.


Ted Williams in Korea

His baseball career was interrupted twice by war. Williams spent three years in The U.S. Navy in WWII, and another year of service in Korea in 1953. He flew 39 ground attack combat missions as a Marine pilot over Korea. Many, as John Glenn’s wingman.

The American Masters documentary pulls no punches as it delves into “The Kid’s” life. Williams was a complicated man, but as the film states, “Williams was real. Ted lived his life with his emotions on his sleeve”. The documentary is well worth the time, even if you have little interest in baseball.


Harpoon Brewery

Harpoon Growler

While in Boston, the 2015 Frozen Foursome paid Harpoon Brewery a visit. They have quite the setup, and it is well worth visiting if in the city.

Love life. Harpoon.

The brew tour is also well worth it. The tour guides did a phenomenal job, and I really enjoyed getting a quasi-behind-the-scenes look at the brewery itself.

The Beer Line

Founded in 1986 as the Mass Bay Brewing Co, Harpoon Brewery was producing over 200,000 barrels of beer by 2013, and was the 12th largest craft brewery in the U.S.

The tasting room

The best room on the tour is, of course, the tasting room. Our guides highly suggested we taste-test as many different beers as possible, and I saw no point in arguing with the experts.

Harpoon Logo

The second best room in the brewery, for visitors, is the Beer Hall. A great place to sit back and drink a Leviathan or two, a don’t forget to order a pretzel.

A special thanks to Carolyn. We made very good use of the growlers…


Bentley’s Saloon

 

While in Boston for hockey’s Frozen Four, we ran up to Maine and paid a visit to Bentley Warren’s saloon in Arundel. 

A fun bar to visit, and those Nitros go down beautifully. 

The short road trip up to Maine allowed me to check off my final state. I have now been to all 50 U.S. States. 


Still Number 1!

Welcome to Fairbanks!

24/7 Wall Street, did a study to determine the coldest cities in the United States. In spite of the funky weather we have been experiencing lately, Fairbanks, Alaska retained its rightful spot as the Coldest City in America!

Take that Boston. Impostor after our Winter Mojo.

Alas, the data used in the study was taken from the years 1981 – 2010. So New England still has a chance to wrest the title away from us if they remain persistent.

Now the data for Fairbanks:
Average monthly minimum temperature: -16.9 F
Average monthly maximum temperature: 52.3 F
Average annual snowfall: 66.1 in.

Rounding out the Top 5:
2) Grand Forks, NoDak
Average monthly minimum temperature: -3.1 F
Average monthly maximum temperature: 56.3 F

3)Fargo, NoDak
Average monthly minimum temperature: 0.1 F
Average monthly maximum temperature: 59.5 F

4)Williston, NoDak
Average monthly minimum temperature: 0.1 F
Average monthly maximum temperature: 55.8 F

5)Duluth, MN
Average monthly minimum temperature: 1.5 F
Average monthly maximum temperature: 55.4 F

Minneapolis/St Paul made it up to #12. Green Bay, WI was a very pedestrian #16. Waterloo, IA #17. Anchorage, AK landed at a balmy #22.