Proud Parents

By Elliot Olshansky - November 27, 2007

My travels for in the last three years have allowed me to see college hockey from a lot of different angles.

In addition to all the trains, planes, buses, long drives, T rides, and...well, actually, I think that just about covers everything...I've had the opportunity to see how the teams themselves travel, and most recently, how far hardcore fans are willing to go to see their team play.

On Saturday, I saw things from a different perspective.

Of course, you already know a little bit about my travels, riding with Pat and Barbara Shattenkirk as they went to watch their sons Keith and Kevin play for two different teams in two different rinks on the same day. But now, here's a bit more detail, and oh yeah, some video (which you can watch by clicking on the photos).

Since I live further north than the Shattenkirks - although not exactly on the way from New Rochelle to Hamden - it was arranged that they would pick me up, so I went down to the train station in my town to meet them. I was surprised at first that only Pat was in the car, although the reasons quickly made sense.

I proved to be a helpful passenger, as the Shattenkirks had not been to Quinnipiac since the TD Banknorth Sports Center opened, and the directions to the University were off for the purposes of getting to the Bobcats' sparkling new facility. Eventually, we arrived, and parted ways for the time being, Pat picking up his tickets at will call while I went down into the basement, where the media check-in - and more importantly, the media food - were located.

What we saw of the Princeton-Quinnipiac game was a fairly even battle. The Bobcats carried the play in the first period, but went to the locker room tied, 1-1. I left my perch in the press box to get a closer look at the action - specifically, to see Keith on the ice - and have a chat with Barbara, who arrived shortly after we did.

Of course, there turned out to be no scoring in the second period, and while it would have been nice to stay and see the end of the game, Thanksgiving weekend traffic is nothing to be trifled with, so we headed for the exit at the end of the second. I once again made myself useful when we got in the car, as I knew the frequency for the Bobcats' radio broadcast - 1220 AM, WQUN - so we were able to hear the call on Cam Ritchie's first career goal, which gave the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish. However, we were out of range before too long, and found ourselves talking about the first time Pat took the boys to Madison Square Garden. From there, we talked a bit about the Rangers and various other things, and as we got into the city, Barbara called Keith to get the final score of the game (Princeton 4, Quinnipiac 2, in case you'd forgotten).

As we made our way into the city, the conversation turned to the game and opponent at hand. The Big Red, of course, are quite familiar to the Shattenkirks, having seen Keith battle them with the Tigers on several occasions.

Eventually, though, we made it to the Garden, and once again parted ways: me to the press room, and them to their seats. I did make sure to catch up with the Shattenkirks during the game, though.

Of course, you know how it went from there. The Terriers won, 6-3, making it a winning day all around for the Shattenkirks, and meaning that the Shattenkirk brothers will have to find another way of determining whose team is superior. Here's a suggestion: better results against Harvard?

But that's for another time. For now, I'd like to thank the Shattenkirks for allowing me to tag along with them on what was obviously a very big day.

Posted by Elliot Olshansky at 06:14 PM on November 27, 2007

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