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Beanpot tourney is more than it seems

Updated: February 9, 2009, 7:57 AM ET
By David Albright | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- Tradition. Timing. Test run.

The Beanpot.

Mention the tournament in college hockey circles and it often elicits an eye roll if you're not an alum or a fan of one of the four schools for the Garden party that takes place on the first two Mondays each February.

To Boston College, Boston University, Harvard and Northeastern, the Beanpot Tournament is sacred. To the rest of the college hockey world, it's overstated.

For the record, I didn't ...

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