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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 24, 2014 Tony DeMarco Celebrates His 82nd Premier of "'The Fighters"" 2014 New England Golden Gloves Tony DeMarco being presented birthday cake. Former Golden Gloves Champ Jerry Forte is with him. Happy Birthday to former great Welter- weight Champion Tony DeMarco who turned 82 on January 14th. Tony, along with his lovely wife Dottie, was treated to two birth- day cakes at Tommy Martini's monthly Pug's Lunch at Florian Hall in Dorchester. The crowd of former boxers sang Happy Birthday to the Champ who looks like he could still go 15 rounds. We all wish him many more years of good health and happiness. I D lW S m The Discovery Channel began airing The Fighters on Thursday, January 23rd at 9:00 pm. The eight part series, much of which was filmed at Peter Welch's Gym in South Boston, will focus not only on the fights but will go behind the scenes to show us what is involved with preparing for a fight as well as allowing us have an inside look into the personalities of each boxer. This promises to be an exciting program that will be a real shot in the arm for the sport locally. I was on hand for a number of these bouts and can promise you will be in for an exciting time watching this program. I I I I IB The 2014 New England Golden Gloves is underway at the beautiful Lowell Memorial Auditorium. This past Friday saw a very exciting card that had the crowd cheering on the young contestants through- out the evening. This is your chance to see tomorrow's champions as they start out their careers. Some of the greats who began their rise to the top include: Rocky Marciano, Marvelous Marvin Hagler, Mickey Ward and David Ramalho. The Gloves has been a Lowell tradition since 1947 and proceeds from ticket sales go to the Lowell Sun Charities. B m I m i Correction from last week's column: Johnny Pretzie was fatally shot in 1989. Ul i t i M This year's schedule going forward: Greater Lowell / Central New England Open and Novice Semi-Finals: Tuesday, January 28th Evan Payne being awarded a very close split decision over Brian Ferro. (Photo by Bobby Franklin) Greater Lowell / Central New England Open and Novice Finals: Tuesday, February 4th New England Novice Class Semi-Finals: Tuesday, February 11th New England Novice Class Finals: Friday, February 18th New England Open Class Semi Finals: Tuesday, February 25th New England Open Class Finals: Wednes- day, February 26th All shows begin at 7:30 pm. mm-i LOWELL GOLDEN GLOVE RESULTS FROM TUESDAY, JANUARY 17, 2014 Novice Division 141 Pounds Adrian Sosa (Lawrence) dec. Edwin Rozon (Haverhill) Raymond Pen (Lowell) dec. Luke lannuccilli (Methuen) Henry Ung (Cambridge) dec. Jesus Marquez {Somerville) 152 Pounds Ryan Clark (Barrington, N.H.) dec. Ross Rodriguez (Allston) Gabriel Pineda (Waltham) dec. Josniel Castro (Lawrence) Xavier Vega (Lawrence) dec. Joe Carrasquillo (Lawrence) 165 Pounds Evan Payne (Somerville) dec. Brian Ferro (Boston) Clarence Jones (Fitchburg) dec. Eriq Valenzuela (Lowell) Thomas O'Connell (North Andover) dec. Curtis Jackson (Stoneham) 178 Pounds Ian Funk (Boston) dec. Henry Rodriguez (Methuen) Miguel Teo (Marlboro) dec. Bernard Joseph (Dorchester) 201 Pounds Luke Yetten (Waltham) dec. Jared Gately (Franklin) Dylan Mess (Cambridge) dec. Terrell Hensley (Dorchester) L-R: GG boxer Terrell Hensley, trainer John O'Brien, GG boxer Bernard Joseph and trainer Gerry Grealish in Lowell. (Photo by Bobby Franklin) Bernard Joseph in a very close split decision loss to Miguel Teo. (Photo by Bobby Franklin) HOOPS and HOCKEY in the HUB by Richard Preiss Goals. They are not always scored in a specific moment in a game. Some are achieved over a longer dura- tion -- 10 days, a month or even a season. The way Bruins Head Coach Claude Julien sees it, the Boston players that are going to the Olympics in Feb- ruary can't allow thoughts of the international athletic event to crowd out what must be done before they leave. And that is to win as many games as possible up to Feb- ruary 8th -- when the NHL shuts down for 18 days, shuttles its stars to Russia and hopes to generate inter- est among new fans despite the 9-hour time difference with the U.S. East Coast. Yes, things might be differ- ent over there but before they leave Julien wants them to concentrate on the familiar -- to take care of business here at home. In fact, Julien began to ad- dress the situation early -- starting with the 4-2 road vic- tory over the Dallas Stars on January 16th. '~I think we had talked about that going into the Dallas game. At that point we had 10 games left and we needed to finish on a strong note for all the right reasons. We want to stay where we are right now (first place in the Atlantic Di- vision as of January 22"d). We want to feel good about our- selves leading into that break." Julien knows that losses leading into the break can fester for quite a while -- es- pecially for those players re- maining at home. The B's won't resume action after their February 8th game against the Ottawa Senators at the Garden until February 26th when they meet the Sa- bres in Buffalo. They won't return to the Garden until March 1st when they face the Washington Capitals. "I think it's always better when you can take a break feeling good about yourself rather than the other way around," observed Julien. "We've done a good job but there are a number of games to go. We haven't set points or anything like that. It's more about our team game. I always tell the guys that if we worry about our team game and how we play, the wins normally follow." While Coach Julien will be a member of the Canadian Olympic Team's coaching staff, none of his current play- ers will be performing for the U.S. team. However, former Bruins Blake Wheeler (Winnipeg Jets) and Phil Kessel (Toronto Maple Leafs) will play for the Red, White and Blue squad. In addition, goaltender Jimmy Howard (Detroit Red Wings), who played for Maine in his col- lege days, did make the team behind Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles Kings and Ryan Miller (Buffalo Sabres). Those passed over by the selection committee include former Bruins Goalie Tim Thomas (Florida Panthers) and fellow netminder Cory Schneider (New Jersey Dev- ils), a native of Marblehead who played for BC. But when Coach Julien looks down the Canadian bench in Sochi, he at least will see one familiar face ready to take the ice. Bruins star Patrice Bergeron was the only one of three Bruins in- vited to the Canadian pre- Olympic camp to make the final roster. Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand will be stay- ing home. In addition, B's Goalie Tuukka Rask will be playing for his native Finland while forward Loui Eriksson will play for Sweden. Forward David Krejci will play for the Czech Republic as will NHL veteran Jaromir Jagr, who was with the Bruins last spring for the playoff run that carried the B's into the Stanley Cup Final. Bruins Captain Zdeno Chara will be the leader of the Slovakian team. He'll carry the flag of that nation in the opening ceremonies. Those opening ceremonies will take place on February 7th, the day before the Bruins face the Senators in that Feb- ruary 8th game and six days before Slovakia plays its first game in Sochi -- against Team USA. Chara has the blessing of the B's to miss the game with the Senators so that he can participate in the opening ceremony. "It's the least we can do for a guy who has given so much since he's been here," stated Coach Julien. While fans in the area im- mediately associate dulien with the B's, it's interesting to note that he does have a background in international hockey as well. He won a bronze medal as head coach of Canada's junior team at the 2000 World Junior Champi- onships and a silver medal as an assistant coach at the 1999 World Junior Champi- onships. He also was the head coach of the Canadian team that won the 1997 Three Na- tions Cup during the summer of 1997. More recently, he was an assistant coach for Canada at the 2006 World Championships. Julien will be assisting Head Coach Mike Babcock, who led Canada to the gold medal at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. Ken Hitchcock and Lindy Ruff, who were also on the Team Canada coaching staff in 2010, return for the Sochi Games. Julien is the only addition. This year's Winter Olym- pics run from February 8th- 26th with the hockey tourna- ment scheduled to take place from February 12t~-23yd. Be- cause of the time difference, some games will begin at 3:00 am EST. All three games for Team USA in the preliminary round will start at 7:30 am EST while the three Team Canada games will start at noon EST. In the U.S., every men's game for every na- tional team will be broadcast live on cable TV.