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Comm Ave Charity Classic

Last night the 2nd annual Comm Ave Charity Classic was played between alumni from Boston College and Boston University featuring current and former NHL/AHL players. This event was started last year by two former BC players, Pat Mullane and Andrew Opik. The event honors Pete Frates, who is a former BC baseball captain who is currently battling ALS and Dick Kelley, who passed in 2014 from ALS and was a former sports information director at Boston College.

This year, a partnership was added with The Travis Roy Foundation joining to help with the setup and grow the Charity Classic. Travis Roy was a former defenseman for the BU Hockey team. 21 years ago in his first game with terriers, he suffered a spinal-cord injury and was paralyzed. Roy would later go on to start his foundation that has helped hundreds who suffer from spinal-cord injuries.

The game featured All-Americans, Hobey Baker winners, Stanley Cup Champions, and NHL Hall of Famers. The BC roster included such stars as Brian Leetch and Johnny Gaudreau, while the BU roster contained the likes of Nick Bonino and Charlie Coyle. Connor Sheary, UMass alum and current Pittsburgh Penguin, was also there playing as a special guest along with former Pittsburgh Penguin and Harvard alum Craig Adams.

When the game finished, BC had beaten BU in the second annual meeting by a score of 13-8, but that was secondary to the amount of money that was raised. These two rivals and their devoted fans helped to raise $55,000 for Compassionate Care ALS  with this event. It was a great night for the players, the charities, and hockey hungry fans who are stranded in these summer months, but most of all, it was for a great cause and will hopefully continue to be played for years to come.