Chris Kreider added yet another honor to his growing
list of accomplishments on Tuesday evening at the Beanpot when he was awarded
the MVP trophy.
The outstanding sophomore who grew up playing for the Valley Jr Warriors scored two goals and assisted on the game winner in overtime to help his Boston
College team down Northeastern by a score of 7-6 at the TD Bank Garden. Kreider did not miss a beat when he returned home as he has helped his
team win 14 of its last 15 games, regain the top spot in the nation (the
Eagles boast a 22-6-0 record) and now win its third Beanpot title in
Earlier this year, Kreider left Boston College briefly
in order to compete for Team USA at the International Ice Hockey
Federation World Junior Championship. In his team's final game, the Boxford
native was named Team USA's Player of the Game.
Read more about Kreider's reaction to this great honor, courtesy of the Boston Globe.
Kreider enjoys moment
February 15, 2011
MVP more interested in raising iconic pot
When Beanpot officials handed Chris Kreider
the MVP trophy after last night’s championship game, the Boston College
sophomore winger had to force a smile. After scoring two goals and
setting up Jimmy Hayes’s game-winner in BC’s 7-6 overtime win over
Northeastern, Kreider scarcely looked at the fancy hardware. He said he
wanted to put it down on the bench so he could get his hands on the good
“I wanted to get that Beanpot bad,’’ he said.
“I don’t even know what the name of the [MVP trophy] was — I mean, I’m
honored to get it, but you play so you can win the Beanpot.’’
the portly little pot was finally handed to BC, that’s when Kreider
broke out the grin, happily mugging for the cameras with his teammates,
celebrating the Eagles’ third Beanpot title in four years. BC, ranked
No. 1 in the nation, is 22-6-0 and riding high into a weekend
home-and-home series against none other than Northeastern (10-12-6).
“We can enjoy the Beanpot for a few minutes,’’ Kreider said. “Then we prepare for the weekend.’’
put an exclamation mark on an incredible game at 6:00 of overtime,
pushing BC’s 46th shot past NU goalie Chris Rawlings. The Huskies had 27
started the winning play with a rush off the right wing, feeding a pass
across the zone to Kreider, who sent the puck toward the net. The puck
slid past Rawlings and Hayes punched through a maze of skaters to tip it
into the net.
“I was trying
to pass, actually,’’ Kreider said. “If I wanted to shoot it, I would
have caught it and cocked it, but I was just trying to snap in the
direction of Jim, because I saw him going hard to the net. I figured
Jim’s going to snap on the net because that’s what Jimmy does.’’
who’s from Boxford, scored a power-play goal at 11:44 of the third
period to give BC a 6-5 lead in a game so ripe with goal scoring it
nearly split down the middle. Kreider carried the puck down the left
side of the NU zone, cut across the goalmouth, and lifted a backhander
at Rawlings. The defensemen chasing him could only watch as the puck hit
the goalie’s stick and fell into the net.
It was the third time BC took the lead in the highest-scoring Beanpot final decided by a single goal.
are certainly times after shifts when you’re spent,’’ said Kreider,
“but you recover pretty quick when you acknowledge that you’re in such a
big game and such a great atmosphere. It’s hard to stay tired, I
Indeed, NU’s Wade MacLeod tied the game for the sixth time at 18:14 with a sharp shot from the right circle.
plays an honest brand of hockey just like we do,’’ said Kreider. “They
get pucks to the net and they go and they go and they go — they don’t
try to cheat the game. I think it’s a fun brand to watch, too. But it’s
certainly not the most relaxing style of play.’’
has experience with pressure-filled games. He played in the World
Junior Championship in January 2010, and he played for BC in the Frozen
Four last April.
So like many of his teammates, he was composed in the intermission before overtime.
“There were actually a few smiles in the [locker room],’’ he said, “because you’re so excited to be a part of it.’’