Historical Sights, Practice, Thanksgiving
BELFAST, Ireland – The Bulldogs were delivered a shocking dose of Northern Irish culture after breakfast with a one-hour tour of the former Crumlin Road Jail, the beginning of Yale Hockey's Thanksgiving Day in Belfast.
On the way to jail, the bus stopped at the Peace Wall, a monument which divided rival communities for over 30 years. Another reality check for the student-athletes who never had to live with religious wars. Most of the prisoners in the jail had been incarcerated because of the fighting.
The Elis, on day four of their Ireland trip, are preparing for the 2018 Friendship Four Tournament in Belfast on Friday and Saturday.
The Bulldogs play Union on Friday at 10 a.m. ET in the first semifinal. Boston University and Connecticut battle in a Hockey East contest at 2 p.m. Both games air live on NESN, TSN and ESPN+ with local announcers Aaron Murphy and Simon Kitchen on the call.
The team went from Peace Wall to Crumlin Road and then to the arena for practice (head coach Keith Allain, captain Anthony Walsh and defenseman Charlie Curti did TV interviews after) before having another great pub meal, this time at Morning Call. That was followed by a tour at the Titanic Museum and then a Thanksgiving Dinner with entertainment (fiddler/singer, tap dancers) on the top floor of the museum, located next to the team hotel.
Student-Athlete Perspective, Sam Tucker
Today, the team had the unique experience of visiting the Crumlin Road Gaol and Titanic Belfast. At both, we learned about the history of the city, first-hand, and developed a deeper understanding of its modern origins.
In the tour of the Gaol, the team had the opportunity to walk through a tunnel which linked the Gaol to the former courthouse as well as walk the entirety of the grounds.
At Titanic Belfast, we explored the 9 interactive galleries spanning multiple floors viewing everything that went into the making of the ship and its predecessors.
In all, it was a great day which allowed us the chance to connect further with the city of Belfast and enjoy our time with one another!