Cody DePourcq soaked in the atmosphere of Fenway Park in Boston last week.
DePourcq, a former Penticton Vee of four years, played in an outdoor game as his Bentley Falcons faced the Army West Point Knights, who featured another former Vee in Matt Serratore, for Frozen Fenway in front of 3,348 fans. DePourcq, in his second season with the Falcons, said being able to play in such a historical stadium was something he won’t forget.
“Once you step out of the dugout it was unbelievable,” said DePourcq, who recently collected his first point of the season. “Being under the lights. We were actually in the (Boston) Red Sox locker room. To be able to witness what they do, how they go about their daily routine, it was really cool to see.”
DePourcq said the experience was very special, having his family on hand. Players were allowed to invite family members as the university, located nine miles west of Boston, is celebrating its 100th anniversary.
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“To be able to get the win it was something that not only was special for us, but it was something that our team needed,” said DePourcq, as the Falcons are 5-10-5. “We needed a win badly to start off 2017 the right way. I think that night definitely started us off with the way that we wanted to.”
The win was also important, he said, to maintain their winning legacy at Fenway Park. The Falcons played there four years ago and won.
And DePourcq was happy with his play.
“It was an exciting game, it was easy to get motivated,” said DePourcq, who put up three goals and six points in 34 games as a rookie. “At times you catch yourself looking around and checking out the stadium which is normal. I think everybody was doing it too. It was something that was kind of trying to take it all in. Be able to almost take pictures in your mind and to be able to look back at. It was a dream come true and it was something that I really wanted to play well in.”
The Penticton native said playing college hockey has been an adjustment.
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“It’s a different game. Especially playing in the Atlantic Division,” he said. “This year I’ve been able to get comfortable a little bit more.”
DePourcq said it is a bit weird to face his old linemate in Serratore. He added though it’s fun running into old teammates playing at other colleges and catching up. Last month he had the chance to connect with Dante Fabbro and watched him play.
Fabbro, who recently helped Canada earn a silver medal at the World Junior Championship, also played an outdoor game with the Boston University Terriers, winning 5-3 over Massachusetts. Fabbro assisted on Gabriel Chabot’s goal to make it 5-2.