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PAGE 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 25, 2016 U Jack Dempsey in A lean and hungry Dempsey at his training camp for Willard fight. The face of a Champion. The great profile. The Champlon. Photos I believe Jack Dempsey was the toughest man who ever lived. His life brought him from hobo to world champion and then on to being a successful businessman. The great Jack Dempsey was as well known and loved on the day he died as when he was champion. I have gathered together some photos of Jack that show him through the years. The photo showing the elder Dempsey with his fists clenched was taken when he was in his seventies. It was about this time that two punks attempted to mug him while he was walldng home from his restaurant one night. He laid them both out cold. I have heard he broke their jaws and they were taken to the hospital. Yeah, Dempsey was tough right up till the end. Jack Dempsey died on May the 31, 1983. I think these photos will give you a glimpse into why he was so special. In fighting form. Dempsey as newsman. uona Pasqua Happy Easter LOU CAVAGNARO President Serving the Community for Over 50 Years/ Jack in his 70s, muggers beware. Buona Pasqua Ito#on Specialties Expert Catenng SAUGUS Store and Corporate Office 190 Main Street, Saugus, HA 781-231-9599 o Fax 781-231-9699 BOSTON/WEST END 75 Blossom Court, Boston, HA 617-227-6141 Fax 617-227-6201 SOUTH BOSTON I Park Lane, Boston (Seaport District), HA 85%366-4640 Fax 857-366-4648 HOOPS and-HOCKEY by Richard Preiss in the HUB They took portions of two sea- sons and kept some members of the Fourth Estate at their posts until well past their normal hours of completion, but the two Hockey East semifinal contests will be long remembered as one fine evening for the grand game of hockey. As for the next night? Well, those in attendance witnessed history on that night as well. Two nights, threegames and all the memories one could manage to hold in a lifetime of college hockey thrills. We speak, of course, of the Hockey East semifinals and championship game that electri- fied the Garden on St. Patrick's weekend. When the semifinals were concluded and all went home, there was still more to be added. That would be North- eastern winning its first confer- ence tournament championship in 28 years. But before the gloves and helmets could be tossed into the air in the traditional ecstatic ceremony of celebration, there were the semifinals that deter- mined who would play for the right to hoist the Lamoriello Cup -- emblematic of supremacy in Hockey East. When UMass-Lowell and Prov- idence College (the defending national champion) convened for the first game on Friday, it seemed like the normal first con- test of a college hockey double- header. Because of the 5:00 pm start, there were many empty seats. And, truth be told, there seemed to be more interest in the local matchup between Bos- ton College and Northeastern. But that would have to wait -- and wait and wait. If UML and PC had played a normal three period game, it would have ended at 7:20 .pm. But at that juncture, the teams were knot- ted in a 1-1 tie so they played to a decision -- a real decision of consequence, not some gim- mick of a shootout after a much abbreviated overtime featuring "teams" of 3 on 3. Let's just say it was edge-of- your-seat thrilling to watch. As it continued, one became aware that you were going to be sorry that one team had to lose. It didn't end until midway through the third overtime, when a puck deflected off the foot of UML's A.J. White and into the goal to give the River Hawks a 2-1 victory in the longest semifinal game in Hockey East history, and the second longest postsea- son game since the conference started in 1986. Plus, in a way, the end of the game went into a form of over- time as well, since the winning sudden death goal had to be video reviewed by the officials. That took about five minutes. When the teams finally left the ice, it was 9:33 pm -- meaning the complete OT had lasted over two hours. What could one do for an encore? Well, for one thing, the second game between Boston College and Northeastem didn't start until around 10:30 pm. It ended at 12:57 am with NU advancing to the fire game via a 5-4 victory over the Eagles. The last person left the press room at 2:45 am. So what had started in the waning hours on the last day of winter at 5:00 pm actu- ally extended into the first hours of spring that officially started just after 12:30 am. We read it was the earliest start of spring (by a few hours) since 1896. One night, two games, two seasons and history all compressed into one experience. Saturday belonged to the Huskies as they earned their first Hockey East Championship in 28 years by defeating UMass- Lowell 3-2. It's been a storybook season for the Huskies, who started out at 1-11-2 and then finished with 20-1-2 in its last 23 games. The conference title game was the 13 straight vic- tory for Northeastern, a school record. And it's not over. All four schools gained berths into the NCAA regionals. Those surviving the regionals will advance to the Frozen Four in Tampa on April 7~ through9th. A CHANGE OF PACE BUT NOT OF PLACE -- Your faithful correspondent will be pursuing additional endeavors in his cov- erage of athletics next week as the World Figure Skating Cham- pionships come to the Gar- den. Over 300 journalists from around the globe are expected to be on site at the Garden to cover this important event -- only second to the Olympics in the world of figure skating. ari A classic C ar Parlor Boston's largest private cigcir lockers & museum food offerings, cigar offerings, and top shelf liqueur 292 Hanover Street Boston, Massachusetts 617-227-0295 HappyoEaster Joe Ruggiero & Mark Tauro Ruggiero Family Funeral Home 971 Saratoga Street, Fast Boston ., ~ ~:.: :. 6:1.7-569-0990 or ..... Visit us at