The Fenway Victory Gardens Celebrate 75 Years

Walking through the Fenway in Boston on the way to a Red Sox game or local attraction, the Fenway Victory Gardens could provide an unexpected detour.  The massive seven and a half acre plot of land celebrating 75 years sits in the middle of the Fenway18010427_1486493364748461_2625860029262820297_n neighborhood and is something to behold. It’s even more magical because every plot has its own story and its own vegetation that attract tourists. But they’ve had to keep up and adapt with changes in the last few years.

Started in 1942 as an actual “Victory Garden”, the plots of land were designed to give the people of Boston a purpose in war time. They’re called victory gardens because people felt a boost in morale when growing vegetables for the city. Theodore Roosevelt was the brain behind these gardens. The Boston Victory Gardens are the oldest of their kind. As former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Claude Wickard said, “A Victory Garden is like a share in an airplane factory. It helps win the War and it pays dividends too.”

From North Dakota, to Indiana, and right back to people who grew up here, the Gardens are a smorgasbord of people with the one common goal, to keep the gardens thriving and alive in the middle of a bustling and industrialized city.

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“V for Victory” a wooden structure symbolizing the Gardens’ original meaning.

The Fenway gardens are in their 75th year as a public park. In talking to many members, as well as the Vice President of the park, Elizabeth Bertolozzi, it seems as if the gardens have never been stronger. With new regulations in security and heightened tolerance, the gardens are “sort of like a big business now,” as one member put it.

Bertolozzi says that the gardens are in a good place for now, and that new members keep rolling in every year.

When asked about what has kept the Gardens going for 75 years and what can happen to preserve it Bertolozzi said, “I certainly think that there’s an extraordinary interest in having this kind of space in the middle of a city, so I do think we still have that interest. We have people who want to grow local and who want to be able to effect change or feel like they’re making some contribution to the pollinators,” said Bertolizzi.

Bertolozzi is in her fourth year as a plot member and says that her plot is mainly for her own consumption, as well as her beloved butterflies. She said she grows plants such as parsley to attract caterpillars. She then takes the caterpillars and brings them home to raise them as butterflies. With much enthusiasm, Bertolizzi she shared pictures of the growth of the caterpillars and how they come to be beautiful butterflies.

“Here is a male Black Swallowtail which emerged on August 21, 2016” – Bertolozzi

These Gardens are also a tourist attraction for many people coming into the city. “I talk to people who walk through here and their first question to me as they cut up the aisle to up to Fenway is, “’What is this?’”, said Bertolozzi.

It is a bit of a strange sight for many. With some plots unkempt and some carefully tended to, it can be hard to understand exactly what is going on in the gardens. Some members are less diligent than others, resulting in less appealing plots. “When people see abandoned gardens or gardens that aren’t being taken care of, I think what ends up happening is people don’t like to walk in those area, especially in the city,” said Bertolozzi.

The Gardens also have planned events such as their coffee hours, which Boston Mayor Marty Walsh attended, movie nights, FensFest on September 9th, and of course, a 75th anniversary party event which has yet to receive a date.

Being the oldest remaining Victory Gardens in the country, there is a lot of character built into every plot. According to Bertolozzi, this is a draw for incoming tourists and members of the Fenway community. “They see that there are a lot of different people working in the community, and everyone says the same thing which is, ‘We wish we had something like this down in Chicago, or down in Florida.'”

She said that some cities do have public gardens, but the Fenway Gardens are a massive seven and a half acres, making the space vast and filled with character and meaning.

Individual members are understandably passionate about their plots. Some garden for vegetables, some grow flowers, but as Bertolozzi said, “I think there’s space for people to do whatever they want to do here.”

There are many reforms in place such as Muddy River Phase II which will begin soon which includes drudging of the Muddy River and removal of phragmites will help to stop flooding in some plots and also some security changes.

If you’d like a plot, the waiting list doesn’t take too long, but you must be a Boston resident.

Recently, members talked about how they think the gardens have been so successful for so long, why they plant, and what they think could be done to make the gardens last for another 75 years, or more…


Marguerite Sharkey

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Marguerite Sharkey and her dog Tucker in the “production side” of their plot.

Marguerite, who goes by “Sharkey,”, has been a member for four years with her sister Alison Moppett. Hailing from Wellesley, Massachusetts, the two like to spend days at their plot to plant and harvest produce like tomatoes and potatoes, but also to relax. With a full outdoor dining room table, a “zen” garden with a fish pond, and a copious amount of seating, this plot was one of the most practical in the lot.

“This is our production side, and this is all for relaxation”, said Alison, waving her hand across the two distinct areas. “We like when the concerts come through to Fenway, we listened to a whole Billy Joel set sitting right here.” Joined by their dogs, one named Tucker, they use the gardens for food production as well as a place to sit enjoy their time in the city.


Philip Bibb

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Philip Bibb next to his raspberry bushes with Boylston Street in the background.

Philip Bibb, from Southern Indiana, has now had his plot for over 20 years. Actually, he has three plots. Being a long tenured member has its perks. Bibb was granted extra plots near Boylston Street and has certainly made the most of them. He says it’s, “prime real estate.” Partnered with his friend and neighbor (in the gardens) Leo Romero, his extensive list of vegetation includes raspberries, chives, rosemary, and many beautiful flowers. Bibb was once the treasurer of the gardens and he says that many reforms, such have been put in place for the better such as a fortified fence system around each plot.

“It’s all up to the city. We’re a city park. They can do what they want. We have enough money to do small projects,” said Bibb. He also went into detail about what it takes to tend a plot and that if you let it go, it may not look like his. He said it takes hours a day just to get close to looking like an organized plot.

Bibb said he believes these gardens are a privilege. “Most people don’t have an opportunity to garden at all in the city. It’s a wonderful opportunity for people who are residents, and it’s good exercise.” Bibb said he spends less time at the plots now, but on some days would spend over five hours tending to his plants, vegetables and flowers.


Leo Romero

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Leo Romero at his plot, with a view of the Prudential Tower.

Leo Romero is another long tenured member of the Fenway Gardens. He came to Boston from Mexico and said he has fallen in love with his plots. He has tirelessly tended to his garden for 27 years. He is the owner of the Back Bay restaurant Casa Romero, which he says serves “real” Mexican cuisine, not like Chipotle.

Romero was a former president of the gardens and regularly visits to weed and plant. “I think they’re fabulous. Most of us live in apartments in the Fenway area. Having a garden is wonderful. We don’t have backyards to these are the backyards,” says Romero.

With help from Philip Bibb, his garden is one of the biggest and one of the more sought after. “I get people who stop and ask questions all the time here.” But Romero says it’s no easy task. “It’s a sanctuary alright, but it’s also a place of hard work. I spent as long as six or seven hours in one day on the garden. It’s still not done.”


Arthur Rose

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Arthur Rose sits back in his plot.

Walking around the gardens, many said it’s a must to visit Arthur Rose. He is the oldest gardener in the Victory Gardens. At 98, Rose still keeps up with his plot, and visits nearly every day. Rose’s plot offers beans, rhubarb, lettuce, and even horseradish.

Growing up in North Dakota, Rose was hard at work gardening at a young age., “My father made us garden, we had to weed, and we hated it. We wanted to go swimming. I thought I’d never be in a garden again. But, as I got older here, I thought about it and I like nature, so I thought I’m going to get a garden.”

Sometimes old traditions stick with people over the years. Arthur also said that he has seen drastic changes in the past 35 years that he has been a member. “So I got a garden 35 years ago, and I’ve been here ever since. I’ve seen it grow from slum-like garden to a very nice looking area,” said Rose., “There was no real organization. People would get a garden and creep over three or four inches on either side. Now it’s much more organized. In fact, it’s almost like a big business.”


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Elizabeth Bertolozzi concentrates as she pats down soil to plant her parsley seeds.

At their 75th year, the Gardens have played a major role in the Boston community, and likely will continue to do so for years to come. Walking through the gardens, the city sounds fade away for minute at a time. at all. But then sirens blare and cars honk their horns. “A lot of noise here, that’s the only trouble,” said member Arthur Rose.

Bertolozzi shared that sentiment. “It does have that effect on you. Not to say that I don’t walk up Boylston Street, and I don’t see somebody yelling at somebody for running a red light over the bridge.” She continued to say that like Romero, the gardens are sanctuaries for many people in the community. “For the time that we’re here, and I tell people that all the time, we’re like a neighborhood of gardeners now. If you’re having a bad day and if you’ve got things that you’re dealing with, come to the Gardens and relax and enjoy what we have here.”

There are some problems in the gardens though. Some plots do get vandalized or stolen from. But the board has put in a fast action program that will repair locks quickly if damaged. Philip Bibb told me the story that in times like Mother’s Day weekend, people would waltz right into the gardens and steal flowers and flip them into their own business.

“They were selling flowers in Kenmore Square that came straight from these plots,” said Bibb.

The people who make up the plots such as Bertolozzi, Rose, Bibb, and Sharkey all know that the purpose of these gardens in 1942 was to bring the community together, and there is certainly still that same value in place after 75 long years of hard work and dedication.

Podcast: This Week in BU Hockey

Take a listen to “This Week in BU Hockey”.

Jake Reiser and Dan Shulman joined me to talk anything and everything BU hockey.

We recap the weekend series vs. Northeastern and look forward to the two game road trip against Michigan coming up this weekend. Also, we offer news on the Clayton Keller injury front and how to replace him.

This past weekend the BU Terriers faced off against the Northeastern Huskies in their first Hockey East contests of the season.

On Friday night, the Terriers traveled down the road to Matthews Arena where they skated to a 4-4 tie vs. Northeastern. The main takeaway for BU in game one of the weekend was penalty minutes.

Discipline something head coach David Quinn has harped on all season. “Our number one weakness is immaturity, and that cost us tonight,” said Quinn of his team who took 26 penalty minutes including one ten-minute misconduct served to Jordan Greenway for taunting after scoring a goal. “We lose one our best players for ten minutes because he wants to celebrate…that’s not what BU hockey is about.”

Greenway Goal and Celebration

The game was capped off by a goal on a shot from the point from Zach Aston-Reese with just 56 seconds left in the game to tie it at 4-4. In our podcast we talk about what BU can do to cut down on their immaturity and their retaliation.

Saturday was a different story as BU was in their own barn for the second leg of the home and home. With a succession of three quick goals in the second period, Freshman goalie Jake Oettenger held on for his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 win.

BU vs. Northeastern Game 2 Highlights

The penalty minutes were cut down significantly to just 10 minutes, but Quinn still wasn’t happy. “If we’re going to have any chance we gotta stay out of the box,” said Quinn. Greenway was benched the entire first period on Saturday for his actions in the game before. When Quinn was asked how Greenway responded he said,”I thought he responded well, he played well in the second and third periods.” And that he did.

Greenway tallied two assists on two goals by Freshman line-mate Patrick Harper. The line of Keller-Greenway-Harper has really heated up as of late, but they were hit with some tough news towards the end of game two with Clayton Keller leaving the game injured.

Keller left the game with a lower body injury and could in effect could miss an extended period time for the Terriers. We talk about how they can replace their #2 point scorer in the above podcast.

Clayton Keller Shorthanded Goal vs. Northeastern

This weekend is yet another test for the Terriers of Boston University as they ship out to Ann Arbor, Michigan to play two games in the coveted Yost Arena.

Michigan lost all seven of their top scorers from last year including three of the top four scorers in the NCAA last year in Kyle Connor, JT Compher, and Tyler Motte. They also lost their starting goalie Steve Racine and have not been able to find their steady replacement in this young season.

We give our predictions for the big two game series between the #18 Michigan Wolverines and the #4 Terriers.

Nick Roberto: A Lifetime of Hockey

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Roberto imagines eating beans out of the Beanpot (Photo Courtesy: Justin Hawk/Daily Free Press)

The Boston University Men’s Hockey team has many valuable additions to the squad this year. With nine freshman playing major minutes and three of them being drafted in the first round of the NHL draft, the spotlight is already on them early in the season. But the most overlooked addition to the roster this season is someone who has been through it all, Nick Roberto, or simply “Berto”.

Roberto unfortunately had to sit out for the majority of the 2015-16 season, but he’s been at BU since his freshman year. He played in the Beanpot when the Terriers triumphed over Northeastern in 2014, he played in the Frozen Four at the Garden, but he’s been playing hockey in Massachusetts since his father was setting up pucks for him to shoot in his backyard rink after school.

Right at Home

Nick said that his biggest influence to his playing career was his father, Mark who played for Norwich and was an All-American there.”He used to tell me stories about this lake in Wakefield, a huge lake called Lake Quannapowitt. It’s famous. People from all over, surrounding towns come. My father used to tell me when the winter was coming he used to skate around the entire lake, it was like 4 miles around.” Pond skating is something a lot of hockey players in Massachusetts can relate to, it’s part of the culture. And so is high school hockey.

Roberto is a native of Wakefield, MA who played high school hockey at the powerhouse program at Malden Catholic. In 2011, Roberto was a forward on the Malden Catholic team who defeated St. John’s Prep in the Super 8 State Championship, with his former teammate and now Northeastern Husky Brendan Collier sniping a backhand in sudden death OT at the TD Garden. The famed swimming celebration is hanging on the wall in the New England Sport Museum. Boston College Eagle Ryan Fitzgerald and Union College’s 100 point scorer Mike Vecchione completed the rest of the first line on MC with Collier, a line that Roberto described as, “just disturbing”.

Brendan Collier Goal In Super 8 Championship (Bottom)

With his local ties to hockey, he takes pride in being from the city he plays in. “It means everything to me I’m so happy I’m local. All of my friends text me for tickets and I try my best to spread it out. It’s really nice to have such a good fan base just because you’re so close to everyone,” says Roberto. 

Tried and True Veteran

He already had the experience playing in the Garden with Malden Catholic but the feeling really sunk in in his first Beanpot game as a Terrier. “My first game at the Garden at BU was against BC against Gaudreau, Hayes, and Arnold. I was looking up in the crowd and saying holy s*** I’m actually here. You get more comfortable. The National Championship game was something else but having so much experience at the Garden in my career it felt like being at Agganis.”

Playing in big games is something that a lot of the young guns on BU have not done, but Roberto certainly brings that experience to the lineup, having played at the Garden since he was in High School. When asked about the difference between this team and the remarkable 2014 team who made it to the National Championship at the Garden he responded, “2014 and this year we’re pretty close. This year we have more depth but we don’t have a lot of experience. Obviously having Jack Eichel was something else but guys like Evan Rodrigues, Cason Hohmann, Anthony Moccia, Matt O’Connor who saw the struggles and got better and better each year.”

“Whenever someone comes here it’s like their playing their Super Bowl against us because we have such a huge target on our back.”

This year, nine Freshman have to step up to the plate trough the guidance of players like Roberto, Captain Doyle Somerby, and Assistant Captain Nik Olsson. “For the younger guys, Freshman, just embrace it. You’re here for a reason,” says Roberto,”The biggest thing is to play with confidence, you make a mistake, shake it off. You’re playing for BU, we go to every college and whenever someone comes here it’s like their playing their Super Bowl against us because we have such a huge target on our back.” Roberto and the BU upperclassmen know what it’s like to be ranked high in the NCAA polls, but they invite the competition and know that if you want to be a good team, you have to play good teams. They are currently ranked at #4 in the nation and seem to be on pace to keep a top ten ranking all season long. 

Back in the Saddle Again

In his Senior year at BU, Roberto is starting the year off hotter than ever. He scored a shorthanded goal in the season opener vs. Colgate on a rebound from line-mate Nik Olsson. “Scoring that first goal in the first period against Colgate was pretty funny, I started laughing. It was really nice to get that off my shoulders,” said Roberto. He then scored in the Terrier home opener at Agganis this past weekend. “Scoring against Sacred Heart, it was a good feeling. I love scoring at home because my face gets on the Jumbotron. It was a good team win. It’s good to be back.”

Roberto’s Goal vs. Sacred Heart (Starts at 3:40)

Roberto sat out the entire 2015-16 campaign for the Terriers, but he said he learned a lot from his absence. “It was definitely a tough past year for me, but Coach Quinn and everyone were definitely there for me. I still got to practice, work out, joke around with the boys. Coach Quinn just told me to keep working hard, keep shooting, keep stickhandling,” said Roberto. After missing an entire season, Roberto had to ease back into play this season “The season opener I was jittery on the bench before my first shift. But the home opener, I mean, we have the best band in hockey and when the band is going, I get going. Shoutout to the BU Band for that one.”

For Roberto, playing at BU has been a, “dream come true”. From skating around the ponds in Wakefield and at his backyard rink after school to winning the Beanpot at the school he always wanted to play at, he brings the experience that this young and untested team needs.

BU Men’s Hockey Swept by Denver in their Weekend Road Trip, Drop to #8

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Coming into the weekend as the #2 team in the country, according to USCHO.com’s national poll, the Terriers were riding high off of a 6-1 win over Colgate. Thirteen different players had a point in their dominant win including highly touted Freshmen Kieffer Bellows, Clayton Keller, and Patrick Harper and Freshman goaltender Jake Oettenger earned his first win.

Denver was in a different position. They were struggling to win, getting swept by Boston College and Ohio State on home ice in their first two games. They had also just recieved the news that their top forward Dylan Gambrell would miss 4-6 weeks with an upper body injury. These two teams last met in the West Regional Final in the NCAA Playoffs last year which resulted in a 7-2 blowout with Denver coming out victorious. However, they were bounced in the semifinals by the National Champions North Dakota.

The series ahead would prove to be a much harder task than Colgate for BU. The Denver Pioneers hosted the Terriers in two games in Magness Arena, a very hard place to play as the visitor. In game one of the series, Denver skated to a 3-0 lead in the second period, one of the goals being a powerplay goal in the first period. BU took four penalties in the first period, something that Coach David Quinn said, “changed the complexion of the game.” Junior defenseman Brandon Hickey then hammered a snap shot past goaltender Tanner Jaillet on a powerplay chance midway through the second.

Clayton Keller Shorthanded Goal BU vs. Denver Game 1

Unfortunately for the Terriers, Denver tallied another score 2 minutes later on a goal by Evan Janssen, his second on the night. After a late rally spurred by a jam in goal by Jordan Greenway and a beautiful shorthanded breakaway goal by Clayton Keller, BU fell just short in the Saturday game. “We hadn’t been down all year and we were feeling sorry for ourselves. We got completely away from the things we needed to do.”, said Quinn of their 4-1 deficit. They pulled Oettenger with time expiring and missed a few opportunities late to score. The final was 4-3 in game one of the two game series.

After their loss on Saturday, BU had another chance to keep their early season ranking and show just how good they were. The Sunday game started just how the first game did, with Denver jumping out to a lead first. Henrik Borgstrom sent a prayer on net from a near impossible angle that trickled through Oettenger and gave Denver the 1-0 lead. It was Borgstrom’s first collegiate goal.

Highly touted New York Islanders prospect Kieffer Bellows then scored his first goal of his young BU career less than a minute into the third on an eerily similar shot that he sent from a tough angle off the far post for a powerplay goal. Borgstrom then scored another goal on a powerplay rush off a nice feed by Troy Terry where he tucked the puck backhand over Oettenger’s glove to give the Pioneers a 2-0 lead with 9:37 left in the game. Borgstrom continued his big night with an unselfish pass to Tyson McLellan to seal the game with an empty netter. The final of game two was 3-1 Pioneers.

Kieffer Bellows Powerplay Goal BU vs. Denver Game 2

After the weekend series, BU was dropped to #8 in the USCHO.com poll with Denver being bumped up to the #6 spot with their two tough wins over the Terriers. BU will finally have a regular season home game on Friday night at Agganis Arena against Sacred Heart. With the home crowd cheering them on, the Terriers hope to skate to their second win of the season. They then face off against the Quinnipiac Bobcats on Saturday for what should be one of the hardest games of the season for this young BU team.

Doyle Somerby: Captain of the Ship

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Somerby in 2015 playing vs. Minnesota-Duluth. (Image Courtesy of Richard T. Gagnon).

In recent years, the Boston University Men’s Hockey team has had many memorable Captains from their local talent pool such as Matt Grzelcyk of Charlestown, MA. This year, Doyle Somerby of Marblehead, MA, a small harbor town which lays claim to the birthplace of the American Navy, was chosen as their shipmaster with Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Nikolas Olsson as his first mates. His hometown experience and attitude makes him a perfect fit for his new role.

Blue Collar Boston Born

Growing up, Doyle’s mother Tanja was a waitress and his father Philip was a landscaper. Doyle described them as hard working blue-collar people. “Marblehead prides itself on sports and playing multiple sports. Growing up you become more and more competitive. I always had the passion for hockey and my dad was a coach at Marblehead so I guess I always had an extra set of eyes on me from a coaching standpoint”, said Doyle. Philip coached at Marblehead for the likes of former Boston College goaltender Cory Schneider, someone Doyle drew influence from in his steps towards captaincy at Boston University. Schneider actually babysat for Doyle a handful of times but don’t tell the Terrier faithful that an Eagle brought up their new captain.

Growing up in Massachusetts, Doyle was incredibly lucky when it came to great sports teams. In his young lifetime Boston pro teams have won nine championships. “I think our generation is really spoiled with the winning mentality that we have now and how much we expect out of our teams,” said Doyle. But he doesn’t have to look far for high expectations. He’s already made it to one Frozen Four in his career and now that he is the captain of a top five ranked team, the city is definitely looking for the Terriers to be lead to more April hockey with Somerby at the helm of the vessel.

Somerby’s game winning goal vs. North Dakota (Starts at 2:42)

In that Frozen Four, Doyle scored a huge goal in the semifinals against the North Dakota Fighting Sioux Hawks. “I think the Frozen Four goal against North Dakota definitely stands out as one of the highlights of my life. Being a Boston area kid I always grew up coming to the Beanpot and the Hockey East Tournament. I came to the 2004 Frozen Four when it was in Boston. Growing up around college hockey I always wanted to play and to be able to make an impact in a game like that was something I’m going to cherish forever,” said Doyle. Any kid who was raised a Boston sports fan looked up to athletes like Tom Brady, David Ortiz, and Patrice Bergeron and you try to emulate their memorable clutch performances. Scoring that goal he must have felt like Big Papi hitting a walk-off homer over Gary Sheffield’s head in the bottom of the 12th inning. Doyle hopes to bring home yet another banner to the city as the 4th ranked Terriers begin their quest to another Frozen Four on October 8th vs. Colgate in their season opener.

Oh Captain My Captain

Somerby admits it, he’s no Jack Eichel. The six-foot-five 225 pound senior blue-liner packs a punch when he plays. He hits hard and often, something Boston loves as their Big Bad Bruins of old were such a staple to the hockey culture. Doyle says that his team is getting more and more physical, “Johnny MacLeod definitely likes to lay hits. He’s a very physical guy. It’s not always the big hits but how physical he is in the corners. Another person that I think people get lost in how physical he is because of how skilled he is is Charlie McAvoy. If you ever see his Notre Dame highlights he laid some hits that left the road crowd speechless.” With so many skilled younger and smaller players it’s important that the Terriers have a captain that has their back.

Somerby game winning goal last year vs. Michigan (Stars at 3:49)

So what else makes Doyle a great fit to steer the ship to the championship? “I think being a local guy definitely helps,” said Doyle “I think it’s more tied to my playing style and my time around the rink. I’m definitely not one of the more skilled guys so I have to put the extra work ethic into it than a lot of other players.” That work ethic sets Doyle aside from other Terrier players. He gets it from how he was raised and who he looked up to as a kid. “Patrice Bergeron was someone I really connected with growing up. I felt closer to him than any Bruin because I couldn’t believe how young he was when he started playing. I really enjoyed watching him”, said Doyle. Bergeron is a player that is physical and defensive but is also skilled and works incredibly hard for his team. Like Doyle, he will be named captain of his team, the Boston Bruins, once the current captain Zdeno Chara retires from the NHL.

When asked about his young team and their high expectations he said, “Everyone points to the high draft picks we have and the quantity and quality of the guys we have. But for me, I think the camaraderie we have as a team within the first month of the season is pretty special.” The young guns of BU including Freshman Kieffer Bellows, Dante Fabbro, and Clayton Keller along with Sophomores Charlie McAvoy and Jordan Greenway will look towards Doyle for guidance in their on ice and off ice ventures at BU. For Doyle, this season should be one that he will remember forever. It is his last season at BU as a Senior, and he hopes to end his college career with a plane ride to Chicago for the Frozen Four in April.

BU Men’s Ice Hockey Ranked 1st In Hockey East Preseason Poll, 4th in National Poll

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“You know who people are sick of? You. And I know that because I’m sick and tired of hearing how good we’re going to be.” That’s what Head Coach David Quinn told his players in their first team meeting.

Since 2009, the Boston University Terriers have not been picked as favorites in the Hockey East. Later that year they won the Hockey East Tournament and won the National Championship.

This year, they have a riveting duo of young guns that might push to lead the league in scoring with Kieffer Bellows and Clayton Keller who Coach Quinn said are, “two elite players who work hard and compete.” The Terriers also have a strong Sophomore class lead by Assistant Captain Center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsonn who has, “matured beyond his years” according to Quinn, coupled with defenseman Charlie Mcavoy who was the only BU player to crack the All Hockey East Team. “Since I’ve played here I don’t think we’ve had a top spot.” Said Senior Captain Doyle Somerby, “It’s a long season with a lot of things that could happen in a tough league so, it’s nice now, but it only really matters by the end of the year.” he added. With their first overall selection in the Hockey East preseason poll, there is nowhere to go but up for the Terriers who got blown out 7-2 by Denver in last years’ NCAA Playoffs West Regional game.

Early Tests

In their first five games of the regular season, the Terriers play two of the top three teams ranked in the USCHO Preseason poll. They ship out to Denver to play two games against the dangerous Pioneers who ended BU’s season last year. Denver is ranked just above the Terriers at number 3 and are returning elite forward Dylan Gambrell who posted 47 points last year and sophomore goalie Tanner Jaillet. Coming out with a win at Magness Arena is no easy task, never mind trying to pull off two in a row, which BU will look to do through the October 14-15 weekend. “It’s something that pulls the guys together if you pull out wins.”Said Somerby when asked about tough road games.

It doesn’t end there for BU’s tough October schedule. They play Quinnipiac, who they beat last year 1-0, on October 22 at Agganis Arena. Quinnipiac is ranked second in the USCHO national poll behind last years National Champions North Dakota. Quinnipiac lost just 4 regular season games last year on their way to a Frozen Four appearance, ultimately losing to Thatcher Demko and the BC Eagles. The Bobcats are returning forward Tim Clifton who was selected to the Preseason All-ECAC Team along with his brother, defenseman Connor Clifton. “I know I’m looking forward to it. If you want to achieve what we want to achieve you gotta go out and play good teams.” Said Quinn when asked about the arduous schedule. BU must play to their full potential and pass their first month’s test if they want to live up to their preseason rankings.

Players to Watch

Jordan Greenway is a player that really excites many of BU’s players and coaching staff. At Thanksgiving last season, the burly six-foot-five 235 pound Sophomore winger had just two points. At the end of the year, he ended up with 26 points and had a huge overtime game winning goal against UMass Lowell. With his size and talent, this year should be his coming out party, says Somerby, “I’m expecting a lot from Jordan Greenway. He could have a monstrous year.” Greenway had some problems with discipline in his first half of his season, he had the most penalty minutes on the team with 58. Although he cleaned it up in the second half, his expectations as a leader and a player are heavier this year.

Greenway’s OT Goal vs. UML (starts at 1:23)

Another sophomore with all eyes on him is Charlie Mcavoy. One of the four Terriers picked in the 2016 NHL Draft along side Clayton Keller (7th Coytotes), Dante Fabbro (17th Predators), and Kieffer Bellows (19th Islanders), Charlie was picked 14th overall by the Boston Bruins. The Bruins have stake in many Terriers from past and present, notably sophomore center Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson and ex-Terrier Matt Grzelcyk. Coach Quinn thinks highly of Mcavoy saying that, “Charlie certainly seems to be the guy everyone points to” to replace the Terriers’ ex-Captain Grzelcyk. With his 25 points last year as the youngest player in the NCAA, he is poised to have an even better year this year. “Charlie has been the youngest player on every team he’s ever been on. This is going to be his first real opportunity to be a leader.” Said Quinn.

Youth Movement

As aforementioned, the Terriers have added some of the premier talent available in hockey. Clayton Keller is a player that could join the ranks of players like Jack Eichel with point scoring and career similarities. He’s a top 10 draft pick who has already stated that this will most likely be his first and only year at BU. “The expectations are gonna be high because of where you were drafted.” Said Somerby on the highly touted freshmen. Keller scored a gaudy 107 points in 62 games with the US National Under-18 Team, not including the 14 points he scored in 7 games in the U18 World Junior Championship. He will most likely start the year on the first line, alongside his fellow freshman, Kieffer Bellows.

Clayton Keller U-18 Highlights

Bellows is a player who was more upside with his physicality. He is a bit bigger than Keller at six-foot-one, 201 pounds, but can still score. These two could complement each other seamlessly if placed on the same line. Bellows put up 81 points in 62 games with the US National Under-18 Team. Although the first line and much of the team is either Freshman or Sophomores Coach Quinn says, “I love how they’ve all blended in. You walk in that locker room and you can’t tell who the Freshman or Juniors are.” He also added that the combination of players has him feeling optimistic, “I certainly love the feel of our team right now, and I don’t mean the talent, just the feel of it.”

Expectations

The youngsters compiled with the Senior class of Doyle Somerby, Nick Roberto, and Tommy Kelly and the talented Sophomores and Juniors make this team the preseason favorites in the Hockey East and the 4th ranked team in the Nation. When asked about last season, Quinn said “Taking out the playoffs last season, I wish we could’ve re-done that.” Somerby added””Last year I don’t think we got to our peak”. The Terriers hope to reach their paramount this year with the new talent mixed with tested veterans and are without a doubt a team that will be threatening to get to the Frozen Four in Chicago this year.