Given my current luck with sports teams, it makes sense that the NCAA men's hockey final would feature Boston College and Michigan State, 2 teams about which I could not care less. Oh, I'm sure that both teams have decent followings in their respective communities ... but not here. After Boston College beat North Dakota 6-4 in the semi-final, I stopped paying attention to the tournament. Well, to be honest, I stopped paying attention after Minnesota was sent to play golf. So really, all that needs to be said is that Michigan State beat B.C. 3-1 in the final, to take the national championship (though to be fair, it sounded like a thriller of a game, with the GWG coming at 19:41 of the final frame).
In other NCAA hockey news, North Dakota's Ryan Duncan won the Hobey Baker award as the top college hockey player in the U.S. and A. Duncan (a good Canadian boy, from Calgary) finished up the season with 31 goals/26 assists for the Fighting Sioux, thanks to a stellar line-mate in co-Canadian phenom Jonathan Toews. Duncan is only the 2nd N.D. player to have ever one the award, following Tony Hrkac who grabbed it in '87. As we all know, Hrkac went on to a completely forgettable career with St. Louis, Quebec, San Jose, Chicago, Dallas, Edmonton, Long Island and Anaheim (not to mention many stops at various AHL teams along the way). Now those are some big shoes to fill ...
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