It is a New England event. No, make that a Boston area event. Four schools–Harvard, Boston University, Boston College and Northeastern University–located within a three-mile radius of each other. All with a passion for the sport of college hockey which shows up in pockets in the rest of the country.
And while the Beanpot Tournament may not be what it once was in terms of passion and excitement, it is still as much a part of February in Boston as Ground Hog Day is in Punxsutawney, Pa. each year.
Hockey in Boston is different.