Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Billy Baker Globe staff March 19, 2019 SALEM — It was about 10 minutes before game time when the snow began to fall on Chestnut Street, quickly turning the street into a slippery mess.The players continued putting on their gear, and there was no mention of calling the game. Not this crew. Playing through the snow is just one of the many charms of this street hockey game, which has been going on each Sunday of the winter in front of the same house in Salem for 49 years.The nets are carried out from a nearby driveway — the family that recently moved in lets them store them behind their garage — and are placed at angles against opposite curbs, somewhat delicately. They are handmade out of wood and chicken wire “because anybody can go out and buy a plastic net, but that’s not what this game is about,” said Ware Cady, who is the oldest … [Read more...] about The street hockey game that never ends
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In 71 years of the NCAA staging a Division 1 ice hockey national championship, 46 titles — just shy of two-thirds — belong to seven schools: Michigan (9), Denver (8), North Dakota (8), Wisconsin (6), Boston College (5), Boston University (5), and Minnesota (5). Only 21 schools have a championship, period. A big deal in New England, the college game is still a niche sport with a clear upper crust. The ice, however, is leveling. Five of the last eight national titles went outside that bloc, with four schools (including Providence) winning their first. Recent Frozen Fours are peppered with insurgents like UMass Lowell, a long-time Hockey East also-ran that made five NCAA appearances in six years earlier this decade. The Commonwealth’s flagship might be weeks away from grabbing its place in that club. “It’s a group of kids that has really come together. No one expected this out of them and they carried it all year long,” said UMass coach Greg Carvel … [Read more...] about In a down year for college hockey powers, UMass might be the nation’s best team
The subtle change of season between late fall and early winter brings hope to every young hockey player’s dreams. As the temperatures gradually dip below freezing, and the first flakes of snow cover the cold, hard ground, a phenomenon unseen for a majority of the year known as the outdoor hockey rink begins to sweep across the great lands of Canada and the northern United States. Outdoor hockey’s allure is a special experience for all players regardless of age. It doesn’t matter if it’s a backyard rink, a small patch of ice on a local reservoir or a full-fledged regulation-sized rink inside a baseball or football venue for the Winter Classic or Stadium Series. As the Bruins prepare for their Winter Classic tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks on New Year’s Day, Bruce Cassidy channeled his inner child. Boston’s bench boss recently took some time with the media to reflect on his experience of growing up in the hockey-centric culture of southern Ontario. … [Read more...] about Bruce Cassidy’s outdoor hockey roots bring back memories
David Waldstein New York Times News Service, 1:21 AM It did not take long for Boston Red Sox supporters to get to the core of the matter. Within minutes of their team’s cementing its status as one of the best baseball clubs ever, fans at Dodgers Stadium — in Los Angeles — began a seemingly incongruous chant. “Yankees suck. Yankees suck.” Huh? What did the New York Yankees have to do with it? They had not played a game in nearly three weeks, since the Red Sox dispatched them in their American League Division Series. Yet with all that joy and euphoria derived from winning the World Series on Sunday night, the happy fans celebrated by disparaging a team that was not even involved. It may sound weird, but it is actually understandable once you recognize the little-sibling mentality of Boston fans vis a vis New York. For Red Sox fans, it is always about the Yankees, and that is the way it should be. If we celebrate the so-called best rivalry in sports, then … [Read more...] about Why do Red Sox fans chant ‘Yankees suck’ even when the two teams aren’t playing each other?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Gina DeCaprio Vercesi Globe correspondent October 29, 2018 Few things beat drinking a brew in your long johns, hashing through the day’s runs with friends while the band rocks out in the background. But before you order up that shot-ski, consider spending an après hour or two in the spa instead. “Over the last few years, we’ve noticed such an increase in people wanting to focus more on their wellness,” says Jessica Swartley, spa director at Stowe Mountain Lodge. “A lot of folks realize that a massage after a day on the mountain is really great for working out any soreness or tightness in the muscles, especially for people who don’t ski every weekend.” Whether you spent the day on snow or just need something to do while your family is on the trails, resort spas burst with indulgences that nurture body, mind, and … [Read more...] about Sore after a day on the slopes? There’s a spa for that