Video: The Beanpot Trot

The Beanpot, which has become one of hockey’s great annual traditions, kicks off today in Boston.

If you’re not familiar, the Beanpot is a four-team tournament featuring Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern. It’s pretty much become a two-team race annually, but you never know when a surprise might pop up. Especially in this incredibly unpredictable season.

While the Beanpot is a great tradition, we can be thankful that what happened just before the 1986 tournament stayed in 1986.

Days before Boston College was to meet arch rival BU, the Eagles decided to “leak” a video to the press. Perhaps inspired by the Chicago Bears’ Super Bowl Shuffle (to which I still know almost all the words), Boston College’s playful bunch recorded “The Beanpot Trot.”

And it went a little somethin’ like this.

Among the highlights…

— Well, the track suits. Obviously.

— The inspired chorus: “This is our song, we’re not gettin’ cocky, we’re just here to rap about hockey.”

— Doug Brown’s (6) utter lack of rhythm.

— Bob Sweeney’s (20) Mustache.

— Bob Sweeney’s solo: “My name is Sweens, the one with the ‘stache. I never get excited, unless it’s over cash. If you can’t find me, I’ll be in the slot, movin’ my feet, doin’ the Beanpot Trot.”

— Scott Gordon doing the splits. Yes, Scott Gordon, former head coach of the New York Islanders.

— The best performer is the team’s broadcaster, “Gracie,” who looks like he might be the lovechild of Jack Edwards and Brent Musburger.

If you were wondering, Boston College lost to BU, 4-1, in the 1986 Beanpot final.


About Chris Peters

Editor of The United States of Hockey. Contributor to, USA Hockey Magazine and more. Former USA Hockey PR guy. Current Iowan.
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