PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — After being somewhat overshadowed by rowdy revelers celebrating Providence College’s first NCAA title, members of the men’s hockey team had their turn in the spotlight Tuesday afternoon as they were honored for their championship win.
In a dramatic comeback, the team defeated Boston University 4-3 Saturday night at the TD Garden in Boston.
Hundreds of students, faculty and fans filed into Schneider Arena on the Providence College campus for the celebration.
Head Coach Nate Leaman called the team’s victory a testament to its heart and determination.
“They were relentless. They were aggressive. And, it’s something we can all be proud of the rest of our lives,” Leaman said. “Big things like this don’t happen if you don’t have a great team and we had a great team this year. The players, our staff, our administration, our alumni, our community, our state – we all came together as a team.”
During the celebration, fans received a color photo of the Friars and had the opportunity to take pictures with the NCAA trophy.
“With the school and students, and everyone’s been great, and it’s great to have all the support and just bringing this back for the school,” said Junior Forward Noel Acciari.
Senior Brandon Tanev agreed that the fans were incredible, saying, “words just can’t describe just the support we’ve had throughout our journey through the national tournament all season. It’s amazing. Everyone who supported us all year long, we’d like to thank you from our fans, the alumni, anybody who came out to the games. We really appreciate it.”
Leaman told the crowd the trophy was not the team’s trophy, but rather it was the school’s trophy, and urged students to take pictures with it when its spotted on campus.