TAMPA, Fla. — For starters, there are the uniforms: maroon and gold. The similarities, however, go much deeper. Boston College and Minnesota enjoy two of the richest traditions in college hockey, dating almost all the way to the Hobey Baker years.
BC hockey began in 1917, Minnesota in 1921. Since then, the two teams have combined for nine national championships, five to the Gophers and four to the Eagles.
But the similaries go beyond even that.
“Of all the teams in the country, when we look at them, we look in the mirror,” said BC coach Jerry York one day before the two were scheduled to meet in the national semifinals. “They like to play the game with pace. They like to play the game with a high skill level. They play very tenacious defensive play.
“It’s not a rock fight. We play enough games in the year that are rock fights. [Against Minnesota, it’s] a hockey game: lots of skill, lots of good hard checking. They play the way we want to play.”
York grinned. “So I guess we play each other in practice all the time. So there won’t be any surprises.”