Before face-off with BU, Huskies to raise Hobey Baker banner
The Northeastern men’s hockey team faces crosstown rival Boston University at Matthews Arena on Thursday night. But before the puck drops, all sights will be set above the ice to the rafters as Northeastern celebrates a chapter of its historic 2017-18 season.
In a pregame ceremony, Northeastern will raise a banner that recognizes Adam Gaudette winning the school’s first-ever Hobey Baker Award, which is given to the nation’s top player in men’s college hockey. Gaudette currently plays for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League.
Northeastern’s game against Boston University will air on NESN at 7 p.m. Prior to the game, at 6:30 p.m., NESN will air the first episode of a five-episode series that provides an in-depth look at Northeastern’s athletics department, teams, and student-athletes. The series, which is called Tales of the Howlin’ Huskies, will air throughout the 2018-19 season.
The first 1,000 fans in attendance at the game will receive a puck commemorating Gaudette’s season, in which the former Northeastern forward led the nation in scoring with 60 points (30 goals, 30 assists), was named the Hockey East Player of the Year, and helped the Huskies win their first Beanpot title in 30 years on the way to a bid in the NCAA Tournament.
The Huskies enter Thursday’s game with a 4-2 record, following a victory Friday over UMass Lowell and a 3-2 comeback win on Saturday over St. Cloud State, which is ranked second in the NCAA by the UHCHO.com Division 1 men’s hockey poll.
On Monday, Northeastern jumped from No. 18 to No. 13 in the UHCHO.com rankings. Goaltender Cayden Primeau earned the Hockey East Defensive Player of the Week honors, after Northeastern’s netminder turned in a 1.50 goals against average and a .932 save percentage in the two games last weekend.
Northeastern's Beanpot victory grabbing headlines
The Northeastern’s men’s hockey team won its first Beanpot championship since 1988 on Monday, and it seems like everyone has taken notice.
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NCAA.com (Feb. 12)
NESN (Feb. 12)
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‘We all woke up this morning as the 2018 Beanpot champions’
The Northeastern community celebrated the men’s hockey Beanpot championship on Tuesday at Matthews Arena, where speakers honored the players and coaching staff and thanked the fans for their outstanding support.
The celebration began when the players took the ice donning their white team sweaters and red Beanpot champions hats, and they were greeted to booming applause from the fans in attendance. Jim Madigan, the Fernie Flaman Endowed Men’s Hockey Coach, called the team “a special group” that welcomed the challenge to end Northeastern’s 30-year drought in the storied tournament.
The Huskies defeated the Boston University Terriers, 5-2, Monday night to win the 66th Beanpot Tournament in front of a massive cheering section of Northeastern fans at TD Garden. To those fans, Madigan said: “To hear you spur our team on, the noise, the cheering, the excitement that you provided us, the momentum you provided us, was just awesome.”
President Joseph E. Aoun thanked Madigan for his leadership and for teaching him about hockey when he arrived at Northeastern a decade ago. Aoun then turned to the team. “You guys were inspiring,” he said. “We are very proud of you.”
“To hear you spur our team on, the noise, the cheering, the excitement that you provided us, the momentum you provided us, was just awesome.”
Peter Roby, who is retiring as the university’s athletic director, summed up the elation the entire Northeastern community felt this morning. “We all woke up this morning as the 2018 Beanpot champions,” he said.
“It’s been my honor for the last 10-and-a-half years to be the athletic director at Northeastern and work with wonderful men and women like the players here today who’ve won this championship.” Last month, Northeastern named Jeffrey Konya as Roby’s successor.
Northeastern alumnus Paul Filipe, DMSB’83, played for the Huskies when Northeastern won its first Beanpot title in 1980, and his son, Matt, is now a sophomore forward on the team. He told the players that winning the Beanpot would only strengthen the lifelong bond this group now shares.
With the Beanpot victory secured, both Madigan and Northeastern captain Nolan Stevens also looked ahead to the team’s future goals. Next up: finishing the regular season strong and taking the Hockey East tournament. “We’re not done,” Stevens said. “This is just the start.”
The celebration closed with a tribute video, and then the players skated the Beanpot trophy around the Matthews Arena ice. Afterward in the lobby, fans congratulated the team and had their pictures taken with the Beanpot trophy.
Breakfast of champions
It’s not every day that you get to take the Beanpot trophy to breakfast, but on Tuesday, that’s exactly what Northeastern hockey players Nolan Stevens, Adam Gaudette, and Dylan Sikura did. The day after the men’s hockey team captured its first Beanpot title in 30 years, the players brought the trophy to Stetson East, where they filled it up with Cocoa Puffs and milk and shared a breakfast of champions.
2018 Beanpot Finals in Photos
The men’s hockey team has won its first Beanpot title in 30 years. University photographers Matthew Modoono and Adam Glanzman were there to capture all the action behind the scenes and on the ice.
At hockey games, ‘Stacy’s Mom’ has got it goin’ on
*This article was originally published on March 4, 2016*
On Friday night, a palpable energy will fill the air at Matthews Arena as the men’s hockey team hosts Maine in the first round of the Hockey East playoffs. The team is on a tear, winning its past seven games, and 13 of its past 15.
But once the puck drops, another sensation will be tingling through the Northeastern faithful in attendance, one of excitement and anticipation.
“The minute the first notes drop, everyone’s face lights up and they start singing it,” says Mike Davis, BHS’16, leader of the DogHouse, the hockey student section.
Davis is describing what has become a beloved tradition at Northeastern hockey games: the NU Pep Band preforming, and students singing, “Stacy’s Mom,” a 2003 song by the band Fountains of Wayne.
Justine Newman Photography
The minute the first notes drop, everyone’s face lights up and they start singing it.”
—Mike Davis, BHS’16
Many in the Northeastern community express intrigue yet befuddlement over how this song has come to captivate the crowd at hockey games and become tradition. Count John Leonard, assistant director of bands at Northeastern, among them. “I do think that it is fascinating how this song has taken off.” As Leonard puts it, “it’s pop music, it’s peppy, it feels good to sing, and everyone just loves it.”
While the NU Pep Band was already playing “Stacy’s Mom” when Leonard arrived at Northeastern in January 2012, the song was merely among more than 60 in the rotation—hardly predictive of the cult following it has today.
Why this song catapulted to “must perform” status at hockey games may not be fully understood, but how it became a hit is a bit clearer.
During a game in the 2013-14 season, Northeastern alumnus Justin Harriman, CJ’02, was sitting in section 41 at Matthews Arena, the season ticket holder’s usual spot, when a friend told him the pep band had just played “Stacy’s Mom.” At one of the next breaks in game action, he stood up and started screaming for the pep band to play it again. At the next game, he did the same. And the game after that.
At some point during that season, ‘Stacy’s Mom’ became the song,”
It took a few games but soon enough, with help from the DogHouse joining Harriman’s calls, the pep band began working the song into its regular rotation. More students joined in singing, and the tradition grew. Fans would even replace “Go NU! Go NU!” chants with “Stacy’s Mom! Stacy’s Mom!” until the pep band played it, says NU Pep Band President Matt Tate.
Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
“At some point during that season, ‘Stacy’s Mom’ became the song,” Leonard says.
And Harriman became known as “The Stacy’s Mom Guy” at hockey games.
Harriman founded the DogHouse as a freshman in 1997. He’d go outside the residence halls on Thursday nights and bellow into a megaphone to let students know when games were being played that weekend. And at the games, he’d be working to get chants going in the DogHouse. So perhaps it’s no surprise that years later, his unbridled enthusiasm and powerful lungs served as the genesis for the “Stacy’s Mom” sensation.
“It’s my way to have a good time,” Harriman said of getting the crowd going during games. “Screaming ‘Stacy’s Mom’ to the band, it was just a lot of fun. And that’s what makes going to hockey games fun. You’re there to support the team and have a good time.”
Leonard says an unforgettable moment came during the 2014-15 season. At the Beanpot championship game at TD Garden in Boston, more than 1,000 fans belted out the lyrics, including members of the pep band once they’d finished performing the first several measures.
Go to the Pep Band’s website and the first thing you’ll see is a video of band members practicing what is dubbed as “the unofficial theme song of the NU Pep Band and NU Hockey fans everywhere.”
Tate says that the pep band, the DogHouse, and fans alike coming together to sing “Stacy’s Mom”—and other favorites like “No Diggity,” and “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” from the Disney film Mulan—has elevated the energetic and inclusive atmosphere at hockey games to new heights. The song’s popularity, he says, has strengthened the camaraderie between the pep band and DogHouse.
“I think the rise of ‘Stacy’s Mom’ a couple of years ago is what brought it to another level,” says Tate, E’16.
Adds Davis: “The DogHouse and ‘Stacy’s Mom’ are synonymous. You can’t have one and not have the other.”
The wait is over. Northeastern wins Beanpot title
Believe it. This is the year. The Northeastern Huskies are Beanpot champions.
The men’s hockey team defeated the Boston University Terriers, 5-2, on Monday night, snapping the team’s 30-year tournament drought and sending the Northeastern faithful at TD Garden and those watching all over the world into a frenzy. The fans roared as the final seconds ticked away, and when the buzzer sounded the Huskies hurled their sticks, gloves, and helmets into the air and poured onto the ice to celebrate the victory.
Northeastern will host a Beanpot victory celebration event at Matthews Arena at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The first 1,000 people in attendance will receive a free T-shirt.
Northeastern’s power play came up huge, tallying three of the Huskies’ five goals, and goalie Cayden Primeau turned away 38 of 40 shots to turn in an outstanding performance. Adam Gaudette delivered a hat trick, and Nolan Stevens and Trevor Owens added a goal apiece for Northeastern.
“Wow,” Jim Madigan, the Fernie Flaman Endowed Men’s Hockey Coach, exclaimed in a postgame press conference. “Just ecstatic, elated, thrilled for so many different parts of Northeastern University.” Madigan praised his players, “who just worked their tails off and were so focused on this tournament this year and bringing the Beanpot back to Huntington Avenue.”
Gaudette won the Most Valuable Player award, and Primeau earned the Eberly Award, presented to the goalie with the best save percentage of the tournament. He saved 74 of 76 shots he faced during the tournament.
Things didn’t get off to a smooth start for Northeastern. After an early BU goal was disallowed due to goalie interference, the Terriers tallied the game’s first goal midway through the first period to take a 1-0 lead. But Northeastern seized control from there, particularly taking advantage of its power-play opportunities.
The Huskies scored twice in the first, and then netted two more in the second period. They played a sharp, smart third period to maintain their commanding lead. BU netted a goal with an extra skater late in the period, but Gaudette buried an empty net goal with 30 seconds left to tally the hat trick and bring home the Beanpot championship.
The Braintree, Massachusetts-native grew up coming to the Beanpot tournament as a kid and said after the game he knew he wanted to play his college hockey for a Beanpot school. He said it made the victory that much more special knowing he and his teammates ended the 30-year drought.
“It’s just something I’ve dreamed of ever since I was a little kid,” he said. “Picture perfect night. Dream come true.”
Generations of Northeastern fans share that same sentiment.
Tunesday: Feelin' great in '88
In celebration of Northeastern’s Beanpot championship, this edition of Tunesday brings you the biggest hits of 1988 – the last time the men’s hockey team had won the tournament.
Check out songs from Tracy Chapman, New Edition, Paula Abdul, Bon Jovi, and others as you celebrate this year’s sweet victory.
Take a look at Northeastern’s past two Beanpot championship teams
The Huskies are Beanpot champions.
We put together an interactive roster of this year’s team and the 1988 team that, before last night, was the last Northeastern team to bring home the Beanpot.
Select a player to read more about them.
What’s changed since Northeastern’s 1988 Beanpot title
The world was a different place in February 1988. A movie ticket was less than half the price one costs today, Tiffany topped the Billboard 100, and Snell Library hadn’t yet opened its doors to students.
However, one thing is similar – the Northeastern men’s hockey team is celebrating a Beanpot championship. Take a look how times have changed since the last time the Huskies came out of the tournament as top dogs.
1 gallon of gas:
Most Popular Baby Names:
Michael and Jessica
Liam and Olivia
Top of the Box Office:
Good Morning, Vietnam
Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle
Top of Billboard 100:
“Could’ve Been” Tiffany
“God’s Plan” Drake
Grammys Album of the Year:
The Joshua Tree (U2)
24K Magic (Bruno Mars)
Newly minted Super Bowl Champs:
The Washington Redskins win over The Denver Broncos 42–10
Philadelphia Eagles over the New England Patriots 41-33
Summer Olympics take place in Seoul, South Korea
Winter Olympics take place in PyeongChang, South Korea
Price of a movie ticket:
Dodge Hall serves as the University’s main library. It has lots of books, but nowhere to study. Snell Library is being built.
Snell Library offers ample places to study as well as a café, Argo tea, where students can kick back and enjoy a cup of tea or some food.
Posing with Paws:
Northeastern turned in a strong third period, fending off late pressure from BU to win the Beanpot championship—the Huskies’ first in 30 years. BU scored a goal after lifting its goalie for an extra skater with less than five minutes to play, bringing the score to 4-2. But when Adam Gaudette added an empty-net goal with 30 seconds to play to make it 5-2, fans littered the ice with hats to salute the hat trick, and they roared as the final seconds ticked away. The Huskies hurled their sticks, gloves, and helmets high into the air as they poured onto the ice and celebrated the victory.Read more
Second period recap: Northeastern adds to lead
Northeastern has seized control. Senior defensemen Trevor Owens scored his first Beanpot goal in his final Beanpot game, giving the Huskies a 3-1 lead and sending the Northeastern faithful into a frenzy. Then, Adam Gaudette added a power-play goal with 3.5 seconds left to increase Northeastern’s lead to 4-1 heading into the third period.Read more
First period recap: Huskies lead
BU struck first in the opening period, but Northeastern holds a 2-1 lead after cashing in on both its power play opportunities with goals from Nolan Stevens and Adam Gaudette. Northeastern has a decided advantage in the stands, with the energetic fans cheering loud and proud and making it feel almost like a home game.Read more
The team has arrived
Focused and determined, Fernie Flaman Endowed Men’s Hockey Coach Jim Madigan and the players make their way from the team bus to the TD Garden locker room.
Scouting the BU Terriers
What do you need to know about the Boston University Terriers, Northeastern’s opponent Monday night in the Beanpot championship game? Well, for starters, they’re the hottest team in the nation.
BU is 7-0-2 in its past nine games—with all but three of those games coming away from their home ice at Agganis Arena.
Matt Dresens, founder and writer for the BU Hockey Blog, says this is hardly the same BU team that Northeastern swept in a home-and-home earlier this season in November. BU counts nine freshmen on its roster, and Dresens chalks up the team’s early struggles in part to the younger players still finding their roles. “They were always finding ways to lose the games early on,” he says. Lately, though, BU has tightened up its defense and improved its power play and penalty kill.
Junior forward Bobo Carpenter leads BU in goals (17) and points (28). Freshmen Shane Bowers and Brady Tkachuk have also been solid producers this season, tallying 15 and seven goals, respectively. On Friday night, Bowers scored twice and Carpenter netted a goal in a 3-3 tie with UMass.
Dresens says BU’s biggest strength is on the blue line. “The defense is very good,” he says. “They have some big guys who are highly skilled.” Three of BU’s top eight goal scorers are defensemen; in fact, headed into the Beanpot tournament, BU was the only team in the country with three defensemen with at least five goals this season.
Dresens says BU and Northeastern both boast potent top lines, but it’s the second and third lines where BU could have matchup issues with Northeastern. Also, BU will be without junior Jordan Greenway, who is second on the team in points (25). Greenway is in South Korea playing for Team USA in the 2018 Pyeongchang Games.
Like father like son
Did you know? A few Northeastern players have fathers with longtime connections to the NHL.
Senior forward Nolan Stevens’ father is John Stevens, the head coach for the Los Angeles Kings and a former player for the Philadelphia Flyers and Hartford Whalers.
Freshman goalie Cayden Primeau’s father is Keith Primeau, who played in more than 900 NHL games over 15 years. The elder Primeau recorded 266 goals and 353 assists over his career, in which he played for the Detroit Red Wings, Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, and Philadelphia Flyers. Cayden’s uncle, Wayne Primeau, played in 774 NHL games over 14 years.
Freshman forward Eetu Selanne’s father is Teemu Selanne, who ranks 15th all-time in NHL history with 1,457 points and 11th in goals (684). The elder Selanne is a Hall of Famer and a 2007 Stanley Cup champion.
Preparing for game day
Northeastern equipment manager Rob Moura has a credo for his approach to game-day preparations: “I’d rather be looking at it than looking for it.” That principle underscores his attention to detail and mindset on this day, as the men’s hockey team prepares to face BU in the Beanpot final.Read more
Former player provides key assist in Northeastern’s Beanpot quest
Mike McLaughlin has experienced the Beanpot from both sides: the thundering applause after scoring a goal in the tournament finals, and the early morning silence while analyzing hours of video as Northeastern’s director of hockey operations. Here, he reflects on the ultimate battle for Boston bragging rights.Read more
Northeastern beats BC, heads to Beanpot championship game
The Huskies are one win away from ending a 30-year Beanpot title drought after a 3-0 victory in the semifinals. Northeastern’s top line carried the scoring, and freshman goalie Cayden Primeau turned away 37 shots. Northeastern will now face BU in the championship game on Monday night.Read more