The oldest women’s ice hockey tournament in North America is about to turn 40. College hockey’s Women’s Beanpot Tournament will unfold for the 40th time when teams from Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern take the ice on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at Boston College’s Conte Forum. In conjunction with the milestone event, representatives from the four schools have selected a Women’s Beanpot 40th Anniversary Team. It is a starry group filled with All-Americans, Olympians and college players who stepped up in Beanpot play.
Northeastern, winners of 16 of the 39 tournaments played to date, leads the way with nine players among the 25 players recognized. Harvard, second with 14 championships, has eight honorees. BC and BU, with eight titles between them, have five and two all-stars, respectively.
Jennifer Botterill (Harvard 2003) and Tina Cardinale Beauchemin (Northeastern 1989) have been named Honorary Captains of the squad. Botterill, twice a Patty Kazmaier winner (2001 and 2003) and Canadian Olympian, is the tournament’s career scoring leader. She won four Beanpots while at Harvard, is the only three-time MVP and became a Beanpot Hall of Famer in 2008. Cardinale Beauchemin led Northeastern to four Beanpots as well, earning MVP honors in 1988 and being inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame in 2016.
Among the other honorees are current UNH head coach Hilary Witt (Northeastern 2001); current U.S. Olympian Kendall Coyne (Northeastern 2016); two-time MVP Cheryl Tate (Harvard 1984); three-time Bertagna Goaltending Award winner and U.S. Olympian Molly Schaus (Boston College 2011); and Lisa Whitcomb Huckins, MVP of Boston University's only title in 1981.
Named to the position of Honorary Coach is Don MacLeod, head coach at Northeastern from 1981-92, where he won the Beanpot eight times in eight consecutive seasons.
The honorees will be recognized between games of the first night of this year’s tournament.
|40th Anniversary All- Women's Beanpot Team|
|Name||School (Grad Year)||Notes|
|Jennifer Botterill*||Harvard (2003)||MVP : 2001, 2002, 2003; 4 Beanpots|
|Tina Cardinale Beauchemin*||Northeastern (1989)||MVP: 1988; HOF 2016; 4 Beanpots|
|Julie Chu||Harvard (2007)||HOF: 2013; 2 Beanpots|
|Nicole Corriero||Harvard (2005)||MVP: 2005; HOF 2012; 4 Beanpots|
|Kendall Coyne||Northeastern (2016)||MVP: 2013; 2 Beanpots|
|Meghan Fardelmann||Boston College (2009)||MVP: 2007; HOF 2017; 3 Beanpots|
|Deb Gautreau Parece||Boston University (1983)||HOF: 2010; 1 Beanpot|
|Shelley Looney||Northeastern (1995)||MVP: 1994; 2 Beanpots|
|Fiona Rice||Northeastern (1990)||MVP: 1987; 4 Beanpots|
|Tammy Shewchuk Dryden||Harvard (2001)||HOF: 2010; 2 Beanpots|
|Deb Spillane||Boston College (2008)||MVP: 2006; HOF 2014; 2 beanpots|
|Kelli Stack||Boston College (2011)||MVP: 2009; 3 Beanpots|
|Jill Toney||Northeastern (1986)||HOF: 2014; 3 Beanpots|
|Sarah Vaillancourt||Harvard (2009)||HOF: 2015; 1 Beanpot|
|Hilary Witt||Northeastern (2001)||HOF: 2010; All-time W Beanpot assist leader|
|Nina Koyama||Northeastern (1989)||MVP: 1986; 4 Beanpots|
|Donna-Lynn Rosa||Northeastern (1990)||4 Beanpots|
|Carroll McCaffrey Willa||Boston College (1999)||HOF: 2012|
|Angela Ruggiero||Harvard (2005)||MVP: 2004; HOF: 2016|
|Liza Ryabkina||Harvard (2010)||MVP: 2010; 2 Beanpots|
|Maggie Taverna||Boston College (2009)||HOF: 2016; 3 Beanpots|
|Kelly Dyer Hayes||Northeastern (1990)||HOF: 2013; 4 Beanpots|
|Molly Schaus||Boston College (2011)||Bertagna Award: 2007, 2009, 2011; 3 Beanpots|
|Cheryl Tate||Harvard (1984)||MVP: 1982, 1983; HOF: 2009; 2 Beanpots|
|Lisa Whitcomb Huckins||Boston University (1981)||MVP: 1981; HOF 2009; 1 Beanpot|
|Don MacLeod||Northeastern (1981-92)||8 Beanpots|
* Denotes Co-Captains
Here is this year's schedule (All games at Boston College's Conte Forum):
Tuesday, February 6
Harvard vs. Boston University, 5 p.m. ET
Boston College vs. Northeastern, 8 p.m. ET
Tuesday, February 13
Consolation Game, 4:30 p.m. ET
Championship Game, 7:30 p.m. ET