Hockey was religion in the 1970's in Boston, and at Beanpot time, college hockey was even more electric than Bobby Orr and the Big Bad Bruins. A guy from B&N, David Hynes '69, went from Gerry's Landing Road to Harvard to the Black and Gold with Orr.
There was no shortage of hockey role models at BB&N. I played with a host of future Division I stalwarts in Cambridge, so when I went on to Division II Lake Forest College, it just seemed like business as usual. When we were fortunate to make it to the first ever Div II national championship game in 1978, telegrams came in from class of '74 studs like Billy Reber of UVM and John Grayken of U. Penn. That same year, Todd Johnson '77, one of my BB&N teammates, was playing in the Division I championship for BU. Knights hockey was a helluva puck fraternity.
Three other BB&N hockey alums joined me in Lake Placid, Keith Miller ('71), Steve Counihan ('73), and Mary Leslie Ullman ('73) to be production assistants for ABC Sports at the Miracle on Ice, my first job in TV. At the time I was playing beer league and writing hockey columns for a newspaper in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Crowding into the ABC pressbox with fellow Knights to watch four of our Boston peers win that miraculous gold medal hooked me for life. Touched by hockey, I was committed to chasing puck love from that point forward. Good or bad, hockey became my North Star.
In subsequent years I've worked in production on eight Olympic Winter Games, the same for the World Juniors, the NCAA's and the Stanley Cup Finals for the NHL. I wrote a pretty popular book two years ago on Boston's Miracle boys from BU, and this past year wrote another on my favorite hockey legend of them all, Hobey Baker.
been a fun ride, and it's still going. That slippery little disc keeps rolling down the ice...
Tim Rappleye will be at Harvard's Bright-Landry Center on November 3rd with the legendary Bill Cleary, signing copies of Hobey Baker: Upon Further Review. If you want to talk some puck, Tim invites hockey fans to come by the Harvard-Princeton game.