The 2019 Beantown Spring Classic took place this past weekend, March 8-10, at the New England Sports Center in Marlboro, Mass., and at the Worcester Ice Center in Worcester, Mass.
Organizers switched up the format from previous years and invited five national-bound teams. In addition, there was the typical showcase style teams — three in the pre-draft division and two in the draft division.
Fewer teams and some cohesive units meant the hockey was better than in previous years. The games were spread apart nicely to make viewings easy. In the past, I’ve knocked the Beantown for watering down the product, but kudos to Scott Fitzgerald and Peter Masters for making improvements to the Beantown Spring Classic in 2019.
Many NHL scouts and college coaches attended the three-day event, looking to check in on prospects that they had viewed throughout the season. In addition to the hockey being played on the ice, there were some interesting rumors and topics being bandied about in the stands.