The Boston University-Boston College rivalry is like hockey Civil War. Bigger than Eagles and Terriers, however, are Stars and Stripes. That would be the jersey for Team USA, which is what has brought seven members of the spirited rivalry to upstate New York this week.
From the BU side are defenseman Adam Clendening
and forward Matthew Nieto
, both of whom are expected to be top picks at the 2011 Entry Draft, and forward Charlie Coyle
, a 2010 first-round pick of the Sharks.
On the other side are BC forward Chris Kreider
, who won gold with Team USA last year, along with defensemen Brian Dumoulin
, Patrick Wey
and Philip Samuelsson
NHL.com's Mike Morreale talked to a few of the guys in a nice story you can read here. But Kreider's quote sums it up nicely.
"I played with (BU defenseman) David Warsofsky
on last year's WJC team and am still pretty close with him," Kreider told Morreale. "The thing is, when you face each other, you play hard, but when you're gunning for the same goal, there's a mutual respect and you're going to be a good teammate."