The first annual Comm Ave Charity Classic is packing some serious star power.
By Kyle Clauss | Boston Daily | July 7, 2015, 3:05 p.m.
Photo via AP
As long as Boston University and Boston College are in business, and a slow, sweaty Green Line branch runs between them, every meeting between the college hockey juggernauts is guaranteed to be a bitter, electric spectacular. Though both schools’ students are home for summer break, the Terriers and Eagles will do battle once again—this time, with rosters cobbled together with stars from days past.
This Friday, the Comm Ave Charity Classic will pit the Hockey East rivals against one another at BU’s legendary Walter Brown Arena, to raise awareness and funding for Compassionate Care ALS in honor of former BC baseball captain Pete Frates, late BC sports information director Dick Kelley, late BC linebacker Ron Perryman, and Richard Armstrong. The charity game is the brainchild of former BC hockey captain Pat Mullane and his teammate Andrew Orpik.
Peep these rosters. BC’s roster boasts one of the greatest American-born players of all-time in Brian Leetch, newly minted Bruin Jimmy Hayes and his brother Kevin, and Calgary Flames wunderkind Johnny Gaudreau. BU’s squad features enemy of Rhode Island nuns Matt O’Connor and journeyman Jay Pandolfo.
Greg Brown, Buffalo Sabres, BC ’90
Brian Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning, BC ’07
Stephen Gionta, New Jersey Devils, BC ’06
Brian Leetch, New York Rangers, BC ’87
Mike Mottau, Boston Bruins, BC ’00
Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils, BC ’08
Dave Spina, Finland, BC ‘05
Joe Whitney, New Jersey Devils, BC ‘11
Brian Gibbons, Columbus Blue Jackets, BC ‘11
John Muse, Carolina Hurricanes, BC ’11
Jimmy Hayes, Boston Bruins, BC ’12
Paul Carey, Boston Bruins, BC ’12
Brian Dumoulin, Pittsburgh Penguins, BC ’13
Chris Kreider, New York Rangers, BC ’13
Kevin Hayes, New York Rangers, BC ’14
Bill Arnold, Calgary Flames, BC ’14
Patrick Brown, Carolina Hurricanes, BC ’14
Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames, BC’14
Matt O’Connor, Ottawa Senators, BU ’15
Ben Rosen, Bridgeport Soundtigers, BU ’13
Ross Gaudet, BU ’12
Matt Ronan, BU ’14
Pat MacGregor, BU ’14
Anthony Moccia, BU ’15
Mike Pomichter, Anaheim Ducks, BU ’95
Sean Escobedo, Pittsburgh Penguins, BU ’13
Chris Kelleher, Boston Bruins, BU ’98
Tom Poti, Washington Capitals, BU ’98
Shawn McEachern, Boston Bruins, BU ’91
Scott Young, St. Louis Blues, BU ‘87
Jay Pandolfo, New Jersey Devils, BU ‘96
Freddy Meyer, Philadelphia Flyers, BU ’03
Charlie Coyle, Minnesota Wild, BU ‘14
Adam Clendening, Vancouver Canucks, BU ’14
Chris Bourque, New York Rangers, BU ’05
Special guests include Bruins legend Ray Bourque and UNH alum Stevie Moses, who holds the record for most goals in a season in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. Tickets are $10 and available here. Doors open at 6 p.m., and puck drop is at 7:05.