rink rankings part 2

All right here we go for the second half of my rink rankings.  I’ve had some good response to these so hopefully you enjoy them.  I’ll start off with a quick recap of #15-8 and then head right into #7-1.  A reminder that these rankings are based on my own personal preference and many factors go into my decision including the fans, atmosphere as well as other rink nuances.  Here we go

#15 Schneider Arena Providence College

#14 Lawler Arena Merrimack College

#13 Tsongas Arena UMass Lowell

#12 Sullivan Arena Alaska Anchorage

#11 TD Banknorth Garden

#10 Conte Forum Boston College

#9 Kohl Center Wisconsin

#8 Mullins Center UMass

#7 – Agganis Arena Boston University – Probably the nicest rink that we play in on the road and while it has all the amenities that a great rink has this place sometimes lacks in atmosphere.  Still a fun place to play especially given the fact we usually have a large student section of our own that follows us to Comm Ave.  Past 3 years 0-3-1

#6 – Yost Ice Arena University of Michigan – Lots of history in this rink and I was surprised at how old it was when we made the trip out our freshman year.  Great student section and band, in my experiences I think the farther west you go the more cohesive and original the student chants are, they had some good ones.  Also had my first career win here.  Past 3 years 1-1

#5 – Mariucci Arena University of Minnesota – This rink had a pro style atmosphere to it as we were there for the Christmas tournament with not many students.  However it was still a great rink to play in in a great college town.  Sitting in the stands watching the Gophers take on Brown I got a feel for how much hockey means in Minnesota, very knowledgeable fans.  Past 3 years 1-1

#4 – Whittemore Center University of New Hampshire – Love going to the Whit and especially love their intro with the life is life song and fans clapping along.  A good intro is always a big plus in my books.  Throwing the catfish on the ice is also a nice touch for the hometown fans.  Past 3 years 2-2

#3 – Gutterson FieldhouseUniversity of Vermont – Arguably the toughest rink to win in the Gut has the old school feel to it and gets extremely loud.  Tough lighting which could be improved upon but their fans are loud and love their Catamounts.  I have one super fan there that likes to get on my case, even had a sign for me last year in the playoffs.  Past 3 years 2-3-2

#2 – Alfond Arena University of Maine – Maybe this is a  little bias because we have managed to have some success there over my three years the only loss coming in overtime, but I love going to this rink.  Another old building with character, students are right on top of me and do their best to get on my case.  Past 3 years 4-1

#1 – Matthews Arena Northeastern University – No rink in the country can match the atmosphere that can be generated in Matthews on any given Friday and Saturday night, and this season it has been every home game.  With the balcony situated right on top of the ice the noise and energy that the Doghouse creates is pretty impressive.  The Doghouse has come on strong this year and the players definitely appreciate and feed off the energy that the students have.  Great home ice advantage and this year we have been able to take advantage of that.  Past 3 years 22-14-4

There you have it everyone hope you enjoyed it I had fun doing it, I’ll talk to you later in the week!


4 Responses to “rink rankings part 2”

  1. Brendan O'Dowd Says:

    Matthews is such a special place to play, glad you love it as much as we do!

  2. Don Grieco, BSEET '87 Says:

    Matthews is indeed a special place. I played goal for 5 years there in the intramural ranks for such illustrious teams as the Nads and the Mother Puckers. But what really sets Matthews apart is it’s history. I think Wikipedia says it best:

    “Matthews Arena, located in Boston, Massachusetts, is the oldest surviving indoor ice hockey arena in the world. It opened in 1910 on what is now the east end of Northeastern University’s campus, and is currently owned by the university. It is the original home of the NHL Boston Bruins, the NBA Boston Celtics and the WHA New England Whalers (now the NHL Carolina Hurricanes). It has hosted all or part of the America East Conference men’s basketball tournament a total of seven times and hosted the 1960 Frozen Four. The arena also served as the original home to the annual Beanpot tournament between Boston’s four major college hockey programs.
    The structure was more widely known as Boston Arena until 1979 when Northeastern alumnus George J. Matthews helped fund its refurbishment. Matthews is also the place where the hockey programs of Boston College, Boston University, Harvard, MIT, Northeastern University, Tufts University and Wentworth Institute of Technology all began.”

    How can other rinks compete with that!

  3. how i miss the old murals there

  4. I love this 2-part post! Love to hear a player’s perspective on this considering we’ve debated this ourselves.. (listening to the UMass game now, your blog must be good luck because my though was just interrupted by MacLeod’s goal).

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