How about this for a hat trick: three Tiger tales in the March 13 issue of The Hockey News?
Former Princeton captain, Washington capitals leader, one-time Wall Street Journal human interest subject and current Dallas Stars center Jeff Halpern gets the nod (and picture) as pivot on the checking line, while on the opposite side of the centerfold Jersey guy, former NJ Devils Youth player, Princeton captain and big boy George Parros receives props for putting the “mighty” back in the Ducks moniker.
Completing the third reference from the fourth estate is a blurb in the ECHL coverage of Scott Bertoli’s 500th point with the Trenton Titans, a team he now captains and has been integral to pretty such since its inception down the road from Baker Rink.
There’s even more good news, this time of Princeton present rather than Princetoniana: The Tigers hosted their first ECAC playoff series at home since the guys noted above were undergraduates. This year’s seniors saw their team go 3-20 during their freshman year, but yet they finished with home ice advantage and a first-round win. Setting good, solid, but achievable goals is always tough, but this year’s results showed that hard work and step-by-step improvement do generate results. It must be hard for this year’s seniors to know they’re leaving with only the knowledge that they brought the program this far, but that’s part of the beauty of a 261-year old institution — each generation builds for the next. I’m sure I’ll see various Princeton hockey related names in print, if not in the Hockey News then elsewhere above the fold.