Battle of Comm Ave alumni set to take the ice for ALS
Boston College and Boston University: two historic rivals separated by a mere 3.8 miles from one another.
From Beanpots to matchups in the Hockey East and NCAA tournaments, many chapters have been written in the Battle of Commonwealth Avenue. On Friday night, there will be another chapter written when notable alumni from both schools face off in the Comm Ave Charity Classic at Walter Brown Arena.
Even better, the two teams are coming together to raise money for a good cause. All proceeds from Friday’s event will go towards Compassionate Care ALS.
The idea was started by former Eagles forward and two-time national champion Pat Mullane (class of 2013). The BC community has been directly affected by ALS and three notable alumni, including Pete Frates (who inspired the ice bucket challenge that went viral last summer), longtime Sports Information Director Dick Kelley (who lost his battle to the disease last year) Richard Armstrong and Ron Perryman, will be honored during Friday’s festivities.
“The concept for the Comm Ave Charity Classic began in late 2014 when former Boston College Eagles’ hockey captain, Pat Mullane ‘13, was inspired by BC’s own Sports Information Director, Dick Kelly, and his notable fight against ALS. Like many student-athletes at Boston College, Mullane was fortunate to develop a great friendship with Dick, who served as mentor, role model, and most importantly a friend to everyone he met. Dick lost his battle with ALS in February of 2014.
As the Boston College community mourned the death of Dick, another Eagle continued his battle with ALS. Former Boston College Baseball captain, Pete Frates, was diagnosed with ALS in March of 2012 and continues the fight. While their paths never crossed at BC, Pat heard countless stories about Pete’s passion for baseball, his family, and his friends.
Something had to be done to honor such incredible members of the BC and ALS communities and support a much needed cause. In January of 2015, Pat teamed up with former Boston College Hockey player, Andrew Orpik ‘09. Andrew spent two years at BC with Pete Frates and like Pat, developed a friendship with Dick Kelley. Together, Pat and Andrew decided to initiate the first annual Comm Ave Charity Classic.”
Also impressive is the list of players who are taking the ice.
BC’s roster includes two former Hobey Baker winners in Johnny Gaudreau and former Bruin Mike Mottau, the Hayes brothers (Jimmy and Kevin), Hall of Famer Brian Leetch, Devils’ netminder Cory Schneider and Chris Kreider (to name a few).
On the other side, BU counters with former NHLers Scott Young, Sean McEachern and Tom Poti along with former Bruin Chris Bourque and current NHLers Charlie Coyle (Wild) and Adam Clendening (Canucks).
Hall of Famer Ray Bourque will be in attendance as a special guest along with Will O’Neill (a family friend of the Frates’), Lane McDonald (Harvard class of 1989) and Stevie Moses (New Hampshire class of 2012)
For the rest of the roster, click here.
This game includes a who’s who from the rivalry and they’re all coming together for a good cause.
“It’s going to be amazing to play in a charity game for Pete Fretes and the ALS [fund],” Jimmy Hayes said about the BC-BU charity game during his first appearance at TD Garden since being traded to the Bruins from the Panthers. “It’s going to be a great lineup there as well. Some great talented players are going to be there.”
A silent auction, raffle tickets, giveaways, food and autographs with the players are also included during Friday’s game.
Needless to say, this summer alumni contest is shaping up to be a memorable night for everyone involved.