Northeastern graduate Joe Aiello says he watched the Athletics Department’s Beanpot hype video about 30 times today on his train ride from New York to Boston to see tonight’s game. “That really got me going,” says Aiello, who is decked out in a Northeastern hockey sweater and black winter hat.
Aiello is one of more than 200 people attending a Beanpot pregame gathering for Northeastern alumni at West End Johnnies a few blocks away from TD Garden.
It’s red and black everywhere you look here. “Let’s bring that Beanpot back to Huntington Avenue,” exclaims Tracey Gilhuly, a 1987 graduate and head coach Jim Madigan’s sister-in-law, who dons a brand new black and red scarf.
Alumni at the party express a range of emotions: hope, nervousness, optimism, and excitement. Among them is Brian Carroll, AS’91, who recalls the last time Northeastern hoisted the Beanpot. He was a student then and watched the game at Punter’s Pub. “I remember the great celebration on campus,” says Carroll, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, who moved back to the Boston area about a year ago.
Chris Tramontozzi, AMD’13, has attended the Beanpot every year since 2009. “We’ve been through a lot of heartbreak, but this year feels a little different,” he says. “The team has been super competitive.”
The Beanpot championship game between Northeastern and Boston University is now only minutes away. Puck drops at 7:40 p.m.
In addition to Boston, the Office of Alumni Relations is also hosting watch parties around the country in places including Washington, D.C., New York City, New Jersey, Seattle, Denver, Phoenix, San Diego, San Francisco, West Palm Beach, Florida, and Austin, Texas.