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winning seasons and an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division
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News and views from around the rinks

Dec. 1 is a significant date in the history of the Boston Bruins. In 1924 , the Bruins beat the Montreal Maroons, 2 1, at the Boston Arena. It was the first game in franchise history and the first NHL game played in the United States.

That’s all well and good, but to me Dec. 1 will always be known as the night John Wensink invited the entire Minnesota North Stars bench to fight, then skated away in utter disgust when no one took him up on it.

I was at the Boston Garden that night in 1977. I bought a 4.50 obstructed view seat and stood behind Section 61 in the first balcony https://www.bosbruinsfans.com/noel-accia...-c-25.html, my go to spot. My view was similar to what you see in the footage in the 2014 ESPN 30 for 30 film on Wensink by Brown University grad Molly Schiot.

Former Bruins defenseman Mike Milbury, now a color commentator for NBC, had an even better look. At the TD Garden on Wednesday, he broke into a grin when I asked him about that night.

“The thing that I remember, and I see it on film Boston Bruins Blank Jersey, is that I was standing beside Wensink five feet away. I can’t for the life of me understand why I’d be stupid enough to be standing that close to a guy that was challenging the bench,″ he said.

“I had never seen anything like it. It actually ignited Minnesota. Every time they came in the building after that they were a different kind of animal. They beat us in a playoff situation some time after that.

“At the time, it was the kind of thing that went on. It was funny. The crowd loved it. Anybody who saw it will never forget it.″

I know I won’t.


Brown’s won four games so far, which wouldn’t be worth mentioning except for the fact that they won four all of last season.

“I like the progress we’re making, week to week and game to game, the energy we play with. I think we have the puck a lot more the last few weeks than we did in the beginning of the year,″ said coach Brendan Whittet, https://www.bosbruinsfans.com/david-back...-c-24.html whose team has won two in a row and three of its last four.

After a difficult freshman year, goalie Gavin Nieto has been very good. His .932 save percentage is sixth in the country and a marked upgrade so far over last season’s .880.


On defense, Wisconsin decommit Tony Stillwell has been nice addition. He’ll return this weekend after sitting out with an injury when the Bears beat Holy Cross last week.

“He gives us a little different element on the back end in terms of moving pucks and running a power play. Pretty dynamic player. He’s been good for us in adding something that we maybe didn’t have,″ said Whittet.

“I like the team a lot https://www.bosbruinsfans.com/matt-beles...-c-23.html, I really do. Good group of guys that works hard. There’s a lot of buy in, a lot of selfless guys, which is refreshing. They’re playing hard. They’re playing the right way,″ he said.

The Bears will be tested at 19th ranked Union on Friday night. After losing five in a row to start the season, the Dutchmen have gone 8 1 1, including a win and a tie at sixth ranked North Dakota last weekend.


“A typical Ricky Bennett coached team. They work extremely hard. Good skill level. Play with a lot of pace. And they’re very confident right now. To do what they did at North Dakota , that’s impressive,″ Whittet said.

Who is the best coach right now in any sport at my alma mater, the University of Rhode Island?

Sure, basketball coach Dan Hurley four contract extensions, three winning seasons gets the most hype.

Admittedly, I’m biased, but my guy is Joe Augustine.

Augustine has done the Rams proud, leading the club hockey team to 27 winning seasons and an American Collegiate Hockey Association Division I national championship in 2006.

A great player at Boston College, he recently recorded his 600th win. He takes a career record of 605 288 61 into Friday night’s home game against Navy.

It’s a shame the powers that be didn’t listen to Augustine and other hockey supporters. URI could have added Division I NCAA hockey years ago when the time was right instead of continuing to be the only state university in New England without it.
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