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Tom Poti, BU and the Frozen Four

Tom Poti, in the BU days. (Photo courtesy Boston University Media Relations)

So Boston University is (eventually) heading to D.C. for its first Frozen Four since 1997, when Caps defenseman Tom Poti played for the Terriers. (Other participants in his semifinal against Michigan included, among others, Chris Drury, Brendan Morrison, Marty Turco and Blake Sloan.) Since I assume I'll be covering the fans next week, I asked Poti what to expect.

"Oh, they're awesome," he said. "From the time I was there, from before me and after me, they're sold out every game. The fans are very passionate, they all wear their BU jerseys and they kind of rally behind the team. My Final Four year we were in Wisconsin, and we had tons of BU fans. Everyone made the trip out there. They're passionate about their hockey. You know, hockey's the number one thing at BU. There's not too much else to hang your hat on, so everybody definitely kind of knows who the hockey players are."

The Caps will be out-of-town, but Poti said he'll be keeping up with the scores and has at least one BU t-shirt in D.C. (Most of his Terriers stuff is at his summer home.) BU beat Ohio State, 8-3, en route to the FF, and Poti said he had been giving it to ex-Buckeye David Steckel a bit. The NBA has a standard, and fairly reasonable, wager between teammates when their former college teams meet, so I asked Poti whether he and Steckel did likewise.

"Couldn't get him to take the bait," Poti said. "He wouldn't do it."

"I didn't have any interest in betting this year," Steckel said, when I asked the $100 question. "I already donated ... to the college basketball pool, so I didn't feel it was necessary to donate another $100 to Tom Poti."

"He wanted a three-goal cushion or something like that," Poti told me. "I should have gave it to him."

"I did," Steckel admitted. "I might have said that I didn't want a straight-up bet, and he wasn't prepared to match me. And I would have still lost anyway on my spread."

Other notes:

* The Washington Times's Ryan O'Halloran asked Poti for his best tale about legendary BU Coach Jack Parker.

"I don't know if there's one I can tell you guys," Poti laughed. "One year we were up in New Hampshire and we played against UNH and we had an awful first period. And he comes running in the locker room to kind of yell at us and loses his balance. Falls down, right on his back. Face turns bright red, he goes, 'I'll give you guys a minute to laugh about it and I'll be back.' "

* Miami of Ohio's players refer to themselves as The Brotherhood. Repeatedly. There's even a Brotherhood blog. There's also an official Twitter feed.

* The Miami of Ohio student newspaper thought up this great headline for the RedHawks' quarterfinal win: "Miracle on Ice." If the RedHawks end up winning the whole thing, I figure they'll use the old "Man Walks On Moon" headline.

By Dan Steinberg  |  March 31, 2009; 3:05 PM ET
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GO BU!!!

Posted by: KireDCU | March 31, 2009 4:16 PM | Report abuse

GO BU!!! Got my tickets!!!

And go Tom Poti!

Posted by: alizadk | April 1, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

F em up, F em up, BC sucks!!! GO BU!

Posted by: rubyx4soho | April 1, 2009 12:27 AM | Report abuse

No mention of the puck that Poti coughed up to Jason Blake of UND in the championship game. Blake scored the first of 5 unanswered goals by UND on that play. We lost that game 6-4. Still see it like I'm still there.

Posted by: sk8carl | April 2, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

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