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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 13, 2012 I illl ii i ii i i CORNER TALK by Ro00o00,00o Oliveira, Jr. Rocky Marciano Statue Groundbreaking in Brockton. Saluting Veterans the Uniformed Strength of Our Nation, 'q'he United States of Americar U.S. Marine Mickey Finn, and U.S. Navy Tom Martini. U.S. Marine Tom Conlan and Marine Donald Green. I'm now in Brockton. Here for the Rocky Marciano Statue groundbreaking, Sat- urday, March 31, 2012. This statue dedication is slated for September 2012. This statue will be nearly 20 feet tall, and weigh 2 tons. A statue of World Heavyweight Cham- pion Rocky Marciano, land- ing the knockout punch he threw against World Cham- pion Jersey Joe Waleott on March 23, 1952. This will be at the Campus of Brockton High School, Champion Park. A Statue of "the Real Rocky!" delivering a punch that would, in his career, make him the only Undefeated Heavyweight Champion in History. He's a product of Brockton in Mas- sachusetts. 49-0, 43 Kayo Rocky Marciano, delivered this punch in the 13  round to win the Heavyweight Championship of the World. Now I'm at George's Cafe in Brockton, with many of those at this groundbreaking cer- emony, significant in the Life of Worid Heavyweight Cham- pion great Rocky Marciano. At the Campus of Brockton High School. "Champion Park[" At this great function, we meet up at George's Cafe in Brockton with; World Champion Tony DeMarco & wife Do!tie DeMarco, Rocky's brother Peter Marciano, John Buckley, Nicky Sylvester, Louise Sylvester, Richard Alfonso, Ed Germano, Hank Tartaglia, Tony Petronelli, Charlie Tartaglia, Larry Siskind, Jake Creedon, Bobby Creedon, Dr. Fran Freccero, Dr. Bob Freccero, Jenie & Ciudy Columbo, Former Trainer of Rocky Marciano Nicky Sylvester, Artie Dias, Joe Angelo, Brockton City Councilor Todd Petti, John Buckley, Democratic Cow- boy, Bill Carpenter, Joss Stewart, Pit Perron. These are some of the many, in at- tendance at this great func- tion at George's Cafe in Both wore Uniforms: Mark DeLuca the father and Mark DeLuca the son. Brockton. You like Boxing? Check out George's Cafe. It's like a Museum in here. Great pictures, service, food and artifacts. I'm at the V.F.W. in Ware- ham (Onset) for Marine PFC Carlos James Rose Memoriat Brunch. We Salute US Veter- ans killed in Action, who served in Southeast Asia; Richard Arruda, Ronald Bumpus, James Crowley, and Carlos Rose. Americans who served the United States of America. Americans who swore an oath of Duty, in Uni- form to our Government. The United States of America; Ervin L. Tootsie Russell, David Peters, Robert Silvia, David Silva, Guest Speaker Ron Armstead, Bob Lee, David Antunes. Comdr. Ed'ard Costa & members of Post 2846 V.F.W., Sr. Vice Comdr Paul Rose, Mrs. Mary Crowley the mother of Lt. James Crowley, family mem- bers of Ronald Bumpus, Hon- orable Judge George N. Leighton USA Capt WWII, the Office of Congressman Barney Frank, Mary Paulette of the Ladies Auxiliary, Ma- jor Manny Fernandes, Manny Amado WWII veteran; These great Americans leave a legacy of Bravery and Pride. In our History; U.S. Vietnam Veteran Carlos Rose, per- formed his service in uniform for the United States. We Sa- lute all, who have put their lives on the Line in Uniform for US; Buddy Andrade, Bobby Bower, Paul Barry, Kenny Butler, Bob Benoit, Stephen Baptiste Sr., Bobby Covino, Ed Connolly, Jerry Colton, George Colton, Comdr Ed- ward Costa, Clem Crowley, Frank Calabro, Wareham Selectman Walter Cruz, Jimmy Connors, Rollie Hackaner, Paul Cardoza, Tom Conlan, Joe DeNucci, Charlie Dwyer, Cezar Duarte, Paul Doyle, Mark DeLuca, Mark DeLuca the son, Mickey Finn, Joe Feeney, Dick Flaherty, Joseph A. Francis, Leo Gerstel, Dave Gemelli, Ronnie Gerstel, Don Green, Richard Hand, Johnny Hasson, Bob Hayden, George Kreger, Congressman Will- iam Keating I0 th District, Tony Lamonlca, Danny Long, Ryan Long, Pat Long, CVN Multi Media Mr. Tom Lopes, Jim McNally, Tom Martini, Rocky Marciano, George Maddox, Skeeter McClure, Jimmy Manning, Joe Marques, Steve Memishian, Jack Monroe, Kevin McBride, John O'Brien, Reinaldo Oliveira Sr., Pit Per- ron, Paul Pender, Paul Pender Jr., Bill Pender, Goody Petronelli, Pat Petronelli, Nick Previti, Adam The He- brew Hammer Quitt, Charlie Punchlines Ross, Carlos Rose, Ervin L. Tootsie Russell, Chic Rose, Mike Ryan, Paddy Read, Tyrone Smith, Peter Santoro, Chris Swift, Bobby Silvia, Irish Billy Traft, Babe Wood. Thank you all, for wearing uniforms with the United States of America Flag on your sleeve. I com- mend you all. I've mentioned those in uniform: our mili- tary, police and fire. That's how I see it. Either of the three can be ordered out, and placed in a predicament where there's a possibility of facing death. Sadly I say I believe 343 firefighters were killed in 9/11. Many in uni- forms have died performing their chosen duty. God Bless America, and God Bless those in uniform. The military, police and fire. Look out for one another. Thank You all! To all those who have gone through a strenuous boot- camp, survived and gone on to perform your duties. "Con- gratulations!" Some boot camps are tougher than the others. We salute all in uni- form. I commend our govern- ment. We Salute all who have given their lives in uniform, making the United States the great country it is. Protecting our rights, freedom and lib- erties. It couldn't of been done without you. A statistic? 40% of the homeless are Viet- nam Veterans. "God Bless America!" He served our U.S. Military, Roger "Pit" Perron. Rome Olympic Gold Medal- ist Dr. Wilbur "Skeeter" McClure. i The celebration had just begun to quiet down when the transformation started taking place. Only a few short days after the Boston College Eagles won their fifth Division 1 hockey national championship by gliding past upstart Ferris State 4-1 in Tampa the team began to change, with departures be- ing the first moves leading to the 2012-2013 season. By midweek three key members of the Eagles na- tional championship team were with other clubs, sig- naling that indeed time does march on, often at a quickened pace. And for a generation raised on blogs, Twitter and Facebook, that pace might be double time indeed. Thus, as those on campus gathered to celebrate the bringing home of the na- tional title, junior defense- man Brian Dumoulin and junior forward Chris Kreider announced that they would skip their senior seasons and turn pro, with Dumoulin signing with the Carolina Hurricanes organization and Kreider going to the New York Rangers. In addition, the team captain -- senior defenseman Tommy Cross -- signed an entry level con- tract with the Bruins and was assigned to Providence for AHL duty. They could sign right away because they had previously been drafted by those fran- chises, Dumoulin having been selected by Carolina in the second round (51 st over- all in the 2009 draft) while Kreider was a first round pick of the Rangers (19  over- all) in the same draft year. Cross was picked by the B's in the second round (35 th overall) of the 2007 NHL draft. He had participated in all five of the Bruins summer development camps, dating back to 2007. Their departures mean that there are three large holes that will have to be filled in by BC head Jerry York next season. Kreider was the team leader this past season with 45 points (23 goals and 22 assists) and finished with 92 career points on 49 goals and 43 assists in 114 games. Dumoulin also had a high number of points (83) on 11 goals and 72 assists in 123 games with 26 of those points (seven goals and 21 assists) coming in the national champion- ship season. Cross also went on tear, setting career highs in games played (44) assists (19) points (34) during the regular season -- his fourth with the Eagles. Over the course of those four cam- paigns Cross played in 134 games, scoring 17 goals and assisting on 33 others for a total of 50 points. During his years at The Heights the Eagles compiled a 110-42-1 record. He and his five fellow seniors (Barry Almeida, Tommy Atkinson, Paul Carey, Edwin Shea and Chris Venti) won three consecutive Beanpot titles, Hockey East regular season and Hockey East Tourna- ment championships -- and also bagged two national championships. Before that only the 2000-2001 Eagles had been able to win the Beanpot, Hockey East regu- lar season and Tournament championships plus an NCAA title in one year. Ending the season with a victory also means that BC will enter the 2012-2013 campaign with a 19-game winning streak, just behind the all-time school record of 22 that ran from February I, 1949 to February 7, 1950 and included BC's first national championship. Currently the Eagles have not lost since dropping two games to Maine up in Orono back in the middle of January. The championship en- abled the Eagles to finish with a 33-10-1 record, giving coach York 913 victories heading into next season. He currently ranks second on the all-time victory list, behind only Ron Mason who put up 924 victories in a 36-year career, 23 of them at Michigan State. Interest- ingly, it was York who got the Bowling Green post when Mason left there for Michi- gan State in 1979. Mason has been retired from coach- ing for 10 years. York, who just concluded his 40 th season as a college head coach, won 125 games in seven years at Clarkson (1972- 1979), picked up 342 more wins at Bowling Green over a 15-year span (1979-1994) and has won 446 games in 18 seasons with Boston College -- his alma mater. Now 66, he shows no signs of slowing down and indicated in the days leading up to the Fro- zen Four that he fully expects to be behind the bench for the start of his 41 St season come October. Thus, he is a virtual lock to pass Mason at some point during the season -- it could even come before New Year's Day -- to become the winningest coach in the history of col- lege hockey. Two of the anchors for next year's squad will be goalie Parker Milner and forward Johnny Gaudreau. Milner allowed just two goals in the four games he played in the NCAA tournament. He finished at 27-5-0 on the season and will return for his senior year. Gaudreau, just a freshman this year, had 21 goals, including a spectacular tally in the championship game and should be a real bright spot on the roster for his sopho- more season. All in all it was a season to remember at The Heights -- especially after those two losses in Maine. They were the catalyst that caused the Eagles to take stock and reassess. From the negative flowed the poitive that culminated in the 2012 National Championship. Join Us on April 17 th for Pug's Luncheon at Florian Hall Beginning at 11:00 AM.