Sunday, April 12, 2009

'What a Great Town'

Locally, one of the most interesting comments from Boston University coach Jack Parker was an unabashed - and unprovoked - comment about having the tournament in the nation's capital.

Parker was in awe of the effort that George McPhee and the Capitals put in hosting the tournament, and heartily endorsed a return of the Frozen Four back to Verizon Center.

"To able to come to this city and to be able to see a hockey game and then go out and see what else is here, I mean, we're driving around back and forth because a million things we had to do and every corner there was an unbelievable architecture. The city is so clean. The restaurants were fabulous," Parker said.

"And any chance - and I couldn't believe nobody's ever had a national championship in Washington D.C. before," he continued. "I'm proud we won it here the first time. And I'm sure the committee will decide to come back here sometime quick, and the rest of the sports should look at it too. What a great town."

Indeed, Boston University's triumph was the first-ever NCAA title contested in the District of Columbia.

But if it was up to Parker, it certainly wouldn't be the last.

The tournament is booked up for the next few seasons, with 2010's version to be held in front of a large crowd at Ford Field in Detroit. The 2011 one will be held in St. Paul, Minn., while 2012's heads south to Tampa.

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