Boston College heads to Frozen Four in Fla.

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April 3, 2012, 10:42 pm
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(NECN: Josh Brogadir) - This may be the best team in Boston that you don't think or know much about.

And maybe, it's because winning has become somewhat ordinary or commonplace in recent years - they just keep rolling along.

Think - in recent Boston sports championships, what teams quickly come to mind?

Two for the Red Sox.

Three for the Pats.

One each for the Bruins and Celtics.

We asked Boston College Men's Ice Hockey Head Coach Jerry York if he thinks his team gets enough respect?

“I think we're in a pro town and we understand that,” York said.

But did you know the legendary Boston College Men's Ice Hockey Coach - he of the 911 career wins, second all-time in the nation - has led his team to three titles in just 10 years, and is hoping this weekend for a fourth?

And, get this, BC has been to an incredible 10 Frozen Fours in just 15 years, with banners in the rafters to prove it.

“Forget about All Americans and Hobey Baker awards. It's a team mission, and if anybody strays a little bit, we've got enough leadership to put them back on that train going right to trophies,” York added.

On the issue of respect - this is the final home practice of the season at Conte Forum on-campus - and there are only two cameras here other than ours.

“I don't know, I don't think anyone on this team cares either way, I think we just go about our business and let the media and everyone give credit where they want,” said Junior defenseman Patrick Wey.

“We're just worried about ourselves over here. We're all big fans of the teams around here and we keep track. But we're just trying to get another trophy for the case, trying to live up to the Titletown,” said senior forward Paul Carey, of Weymouth, Mass., who is an assistant captain.

At least their fans have their backs, and gave the team a spirited sendoff outside Alumni Stadium, with the women's softball team cheering them on, the band wearing hockey sweaters playing them off on their way to Tampa.

And when they got on the buses to head to the North End for a team dinner, then a flight out of Logan, they got a police escort - and a vote of confidence from their fans.

“I'm really excited, I hope they go all the way. I'm going to Tampa to watch,” said BC Freshman, Maria Brandi, of Newton, Mass.

BC will play Minnesota on Thursday night in Tampa, Fla.

The winner gets the winner of Ferris State and Union College match on Saturday.

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