The following was published in The Heights on October 24th.
To the students of Boston College:
I write to you today for two reasons. First, to thank you for yet
another outstanding display of pride and amazing support at our
season-opening game against Northeastern last Saturday. Raising the
Championship Banner is always a very special time. The energy and
excitement of a packed Kelley Rink impacts our locker room. We feed off
of it. It never gets old.
Secondly, I write to challenge each of you. BC is a special place. As
BC students you have amazing minds and great talents. When you support
our team, I ask that you put your talents to work. Think creatively when
joining together in unison to cheer on the Eagles. Think creatively
when coming up with new chants and cheers. Continue to make things
interesting for your fellow fans and inspiring for our team.
When doing so, we only ask that you use sound judgment in language.
Please don’t curse. We travel to other arenas and hear things I never
want to hear. Our hockey program belongs to BC. It belongs to the
students, alums young and old, and fans alike. Game day at BC is where
we join together in pride. It should be enjoyable for everyone.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. Thank you again for
your support of Boston College hockey. Please continue to take ownership
of the environment in which we compete, and continue to make the Kelley
Rink environment the most unique in college hockey.