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  • pgb-ohio
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    Originally posted by Lindsay View Post
    PGB, love the posts! Can’t wait to read them as you get to them.
    Glad you're enjoying them! I'll do my best to post all 10 Memories by the end of the week. That's about when their "shelf life" will run out for most readers.

    The Memories are basically diary entries. For games away from Columbus, this approach works out best for me. As per Memory #8, I do enjoy the tourist aspects of the out-of-town tournaments, and spend some time at it. So I save the creative writing for my return home.

    I get the USA hockey magazines that come a few times a year. There are always a couple girls/women’s hockey stories in there and in a world where all the digital stuff goes poof I definitely save them.
    I also save some of the good stuff found online; occasionally printing hard copies as well.

    Years ago my dad bought me the Sports Illustrated after the 2010 Olympics, because the cover story had Crosby and the inside was all about Canada’s men’s big win. Years later I reread it to see if there was women’s hockey commentary in there. There was, 2 very small articles criticizing the women for celebrating with cigars on the ice, and another saying that women’s hockey may need to be pulled from the Olympics. I would say the articles written today would be different, t alas SI is no more. interesting to look back on as years go by. Print is great and good on the NCAA / UNH for having it!
    One of Cigar Celebrants was Tessa Bonhomme, one of our own. Now I've never been a smoker, and never will be one. But there was nothing wrong with Tessa's celebration, which occurred after the arena was 99% empty. The puritan who criticized Tessa was way out-of-line. Quick salute to a great New England Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne told us what we need to know about puritans.

    About 20 years ago, my family & I ran into Team Canada at the MSP Airport. Tessa noticed my 5 year old's OSU Hoodie; called out to her; and had nice words for her. Tessa didn't have to do that. But she's an ambassador for our sport, and a talented TSN broadcaster to boot. For both of those reasons, she cheerfully reaches out to others. That's the bottom line on Tessa Bonhomme.

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  • pgb-ohio
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    Top 10 Memories
    of the
    2024 Frozen Four


    #8 Our Host City: Durham, NH


    The area around Portsmouth, NH and the New Hampshire Lakes is quite beautiful. Well, maybe a little less beautiful during the intense slush and rain storm we had on Saturday. But gorgeous during the sunshine we had on Friday & Sunday.

    That said, my focus was on a one mile stretch of Main Street in Durham. At one end, my hotel. I may not be qualified to write about hockey. But I've stayed at a Holiday Inn Express! Turned out to be a perfect fit for my purposes. Quite a few Buckeyes were staying there, leading to a number of fun lobby and breakfast conversations. Competing fan bases were also well represented. Had a good conversation with a Clarkson fan who was eager to compare notes. Lavish accommodations? No, of course not. Standard accommodations in the right location, with the right people? That captures it.

    At the other end of the one mile stretch was the Whitt. For walking, some might say that's on the long side. But for the semi-finals, I did the two mile round trip and found it to be very agreeable. One motive was to hold my parking place at the hotel. More importantly, I wanted to get a first look at the downtown businesses. As the weekend played out, here are some places we enjoyed:

    The Juicery: Solid Smoothies.

    Two Sports Apparel Shops: We only had eyes for tournament merchandise, so we didn't buy anything. But both had a deep selection of UNH gear. One appeared to specialize in custom made pieces. I'm sure both are very popular with UNH Students & Staff.

    Clark's American Bistro: We celebrated the Buckeye Championship at this fine establishment. Now maybe it was just the thrill of victory. But I had the best burger I've had in quite some time. The braised pork and pasta also looked very good. If and when I'm back in Durham, I'd be pleased to visit Clark's again -- just for the food!

    Pizza Slices: Several storefronts advertised pizza by the slice. One was actually open, and we got what we needed. In this case, we're talking about NY style slices. If you can visualize Sbarro's, you've got the idea.

    Which leads me to my only real criticism. Maybe half of the businesses on Main Street were closed on Sunday. One local fan I met at the Arena expressed distress that there was nowhere for travelers to eat breakfast. (The Holiday Inn covered that.) It may also have been Spring Break for UNH students. Didn't check, but it felt like that was the case.

    But local people of all ages certainly compensated for the lack of a student presence. The populace was fully aware the Frozen Four was in town, and were eager to hear our takes on the tournament. As visitors we felt appreciated; and in turn we appreciated Durham.
    Last edited by pgb-ohio; 04-02-2024, 02:14 AM.

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  • Hockeybuckeye
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    Originally posted by Lindsay View Post
    Years ago my dad bought me the Sports Illustrated after the 2010 Olympics, because the cover story had Crosby and the inside was all about Canada’s men’s big win. Years later I reread it to see if there was women’s hockey commentary in there. There was, 2 very small articles criticizing the women for celebrating with cigars on the ice, and another saying that women’s hockey may need to be pulled from the Olympics. I would say the articles written today would be different, t alas SI is no more. interesting to look back on as years go by. Print is great and good on the NCAA / UNH for having it!
    This is why I have so much respect and admiration for Nadine Muzerall. Not just for what she's done for women's hockey at Ohio State but I consider her one of the groundbreaking pioneers whose efforts to push and develop women's hockey everywhere to the amazing levels of recognition and success that we now see and enjoy.

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  • ARM
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    Originally posted by Lindsay View Post
    I would say the articles written today would be different...
    There has been some evolution in media coverage. In the early years, about the only time I remember a women's NCAA hockey mention on ESPN, outside of the obligatory "congratulations to so-and-so on winning the NCAA women's ice hockey championship," was when the Tom Mutch scandal broke at BC. The media loves a story where they can use all of the letters s-e-x and not have it be about gender. Now, we might see a regular-season goal show up in Top-10 lists, and they will even do longer stories that aren't scandal related, e.g., Amanda Kessel's return to the game, announcing a Kazmaier winner, or talking about a Hockey Humanitarian Award winner.

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  • Lindsay
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    PGB, love the posts! Can’t wait to read them as you get to them. I get the USA hockey magazines that come a few times a year. There are always a couple girls/women’s hockey stories in there and in a world where all the digital stuff goes poof I definitely save them.

    Years ago my dad bought me the Sports Illustrated after the 2010 Olympics, because the cover story had Crosby and the inside was all about Canada’s men’s big win. Years later I reread it to see if there was women’s hockey commentary in there. There was, 2 very small articles criticizing the women for celebrating with cigars on the ice, and another saying that women’s hockey may need to be pulled from the Olympics. I would say the articles written today would be different, t alas SI is no more. interesting to look back on as years go by. Print is great and good on the NCAA / UNH for having it!

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  • osualum86
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    Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
    I really appreciate what Joy can do on offense. Whereas a lot of players like to take it around the net when she's in the area above the circle, she has a tendency to hit the brakes and cut toward the middle and make something happen. She did that multiple times in the last game and eventually it worked out for her.
    Timothy, thank you for the kind words about Joy. She is a special player, very humble considering her skill level. She actually led us in goals this season. Didn't have the most points, but had the most goals. I am going to enjoy watching her play and develop for the next three seasons.

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  • osualum86
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    Originally posted by benchwarmer5 View Post

    Pretty sure upon close examination that there was a significant deflection on Dunne's shot by Badger backchecker- Wheeler I believe. Looks like McNaughton would have been all over the initial trajectory of the shot had that deflection not occured. Either way- tough bounces can go either way and that's usually how these games tend to go.
    You probably have better eyes than me, but it happened right in front of me, and I did not notice a deflection. I think the tv announcers may have said something about it.

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  • pgb-ohio
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    Top 10 Memories
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    2024 Frozen Four


    #9 Merchandise & Apparel


    Bringing home Tournament Memorabilia is a Frozen Four Tradition. Maybe you favor T-Shirts. Perhaps you prefer Lapel Pins. Or one of numerous additional options.

    Unfortunately there's also a side tradition that "the good stuff runs out early." So early in the tournament you can count on long lines for the merch. But I must say that lines at the UNH souvenir booth may have been unprecedented. Twice I got into line, only to bail out. The other choice was to miss significant chunks of live hockey. For me, that option was a non-starter!

    I successfully made a purchase between the two semi-final games. When it was finally my turn, I found the staff to be both pleasant and professional. They knew their inventory well. Next time, UNH should just set up a second, temporary store to deal with the volume of customers. And there needs to be a next time. UNH definitely deserves a future tournament.

    Happily I got my turn before anything that interested me ran out. The staff dealt my idiosyncratic preference on hoodie size -- I like roomy hoodies for those "hang out at the house" days. They didn't have the larger size on the rack, so they went into the backroom and found one for me. So again, good service. Also, I was quite pleased with the design on this year's hoodie. There's no guarantee that hoodies will be for sale at all, much less in a design you like. So good selection on apparel.

    The Souvenir Puck saga continues. Last year in Duluth, they ran our of pucks almost immediately. This year there were plenty in stock. But disappointingly to some, they were Practice Pucks with the team logos on a Sticker. If you're going to play pond hockey with it, that's fine. But anyone who's serious about collecting will prefer an Authentic Game Puck. I had a conversation with a local New Hampshire person who was keenly disappointed by the lack of authentics. I'm probably thinking NHL, but I've seen practice pucks and game pucks for sale, side-by-side. Obviously the game puck will cost a little extra in that situation.

    Last but least, printed copies of the Tournament Program were available. Go ahead and call me old school. I'll have no problem with it, because I AM old school. I just happen to believe that a printed program is a nice keepsake. Sure, you can get the same information on your phone, using a QR Code. But after the tournament, will you ever go back to it? I wouldn't. Now I'm not saying that I use old Frozen Four programs for daily devotionals. But for an occasional trip through memory lane? Yeah, I'll do that.

    Bottom Line? The execution wasn't perfect. But overall, the effort was successful.

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  • Timothy A
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    I really appreciate what Joy can do on offense. Whereas a lot of players like to take it around the net when she's in the area above the circle, she has a tendency to hit the brakes and cut toward the middle and make something happen. She did that multiple times in the last game and eventually it worked out for her.

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  • Hockeybuckeye
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    Originally posted by Eddie Schorr View Post

    Let's hold off on the word "dynasty." We all know what happened to another in-state hockey program that began throwing that word around too loosely.
    I'm not worried that things will drop off. As long as Nadine Muzerall remains our coach I stand by she has indeed created a dynasty here that will continue.

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  • pgb-ohio
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    2024 Frozen Four


    #10 There's Got To Be A Morning After

    It's long drive from Durham, NH to Columbus, OH. It's even further to Madison, WI. But I'll leave the Badger experience for others to describe.

    The need to celebrate extended my Sunday evening. But eventually I did start the trip back, making it as far as Hartford, CT. Waking up Monday morning, I was still experiencing the warm afterglow of the title win.

    Didn't take time at that point to start the Memories List. But I couldn't resist a quick check of the USCHO Women's Hockey Home Page, along with putting up a short post. In that quick check, I found Nicole Haase's Feature Article. In the short post, I highly recommended it.
    https://www.uscho.com/2024/03/24/ohi...ng-home-title/

    Nicole interviewed all the right people and got all the right quotes. Not only was it professionally written, it truly captured the essence of the event. In a word, the article was authentic.

    Haase's Badger Heritage must have made the job a little more challenging. But she was more than up to the task.

    On the previous evening's drive, I had decided that "Redemption" would be one of the themes of my List. Nicole beat me to the punch, but I don't mind a bit. Hope my comments on Redemption resonate when I get to that. But just remember, Haase said it first!

    Breakfast with USCHO? Complete. SW CT awaited. And the Hudson River. Next, crossing the Delaware. And then the LONG drive across PA. But my batteries were recharged, thanks to the great article.

    Yes, there was a morning after. It was good.




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  • RightbackatU
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    Originally posted by PuckLover View Post
    There are some rather major holes to fill for next year, and the options in the portal are not of the Barnes, Bilka, or Zanon quality.
    No issue with NIL continuing to come in we will see late signings and the holes will be filled

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  • PuckLover
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    There are some rather major holes to fill for next year, and the options in the portal are not of the Barnes, Bilka, or Zanon quality.

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  • Eddie Schorr
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    Originally posted by Hockeybuckeye View Post
    The Blue Jackets have posted a video on FB crediting coach Muzerall of creating a dynasty of woman's hockey at Ohio State.
    Let's hold off on the word "dynasty." We all know what happened to another in-state hockey program that began throwing that word around too loosely.

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  • Hockeybuckeye
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    The Blue Jackets have posted a video on FB crediting coach Muzerall of creating a dynasty of woman's hockey at Ohio State.

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