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Page 16 BOSTON POST-GAZETTE, SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 A Ring 4 Hall of Famer Todd Peters Shares Rare Photos of Paul Pender Todd Peters Ring 4 of the International Veteran Boxers organization is made up of some of the best people around. I was reminded of this when I recently attended a meeting. Hall of Fame member Todd Peters, who is one of the best among the best, came up to me and told me he had discovered a number of can- did photos of Middleweight Champion Paul Pender that were taken in the early six- ties. Candid shots like these are rare and a valuable part of boxing history. He wanted to share them with the box- ing community and asked if I could post them on the Ring 4 Facebook page. After looking at these photos, I realized they deserve a much larger audience and have decided to run them here as well. I am not sure whom all of the people in the photos are other than Pender. I believe they were taken in Plymouth and on Cape Cod. The beach photo is probably White Horse Beach. I am sure some of my readers will be able to fill in the blanks. Todd Peters was a top ama- teur heavyweight whose bouts with fellow Ring 4 Hall of Famer Eddie Casey are still talked about. Anyone who stepped in the ,Ring with Todd remembers it as he was one tough customer who always gave his all. I want to thank him for allowing me to put these out for public consumption, and for his being a part of Ring 4. He exemplifies the best in our organization. I will let the photos speak for themselves. "F : They couldn't have timed it better we thought, as we strolled down Staniford Street toward the TD Garden. For just as summer was about to be shown the door in the annual procession of the seasons, one of the first rites of autumn was about to take center stage at the very venue that is synonymous with cooler weather athletic activities in the Hub. It was Hockey East Media Day at the Garden, slated to get under way a mere 11 hours before the official changeover of the seasons actually took place later in the evening of September 22 ". Outside, the summer of 2014 was putting up a struggle, hoping to go into overtime before moving into memory. But inside the switch had already been accomplished. We entered the building, took the elevator to Level 6 and then walked through the doors to Banners Restaurant. There, from our elevated position, we beheld the ice that will be the focus of atten- tion for so many fans through- out the fall, over the winter and well into next spring. Over the next seven months, its surface will be etched by those playing in Bruins home games, those skating for their schools in the Beanpot and in the Hockey East Championship Tournament, plus those going for the big prize in college hockey -- the NCAA Division I national championship. That's right. College hockey's ultimate event -- The Frozen Four -- will be contested right here in the Hub on April 10 th and 12 th with the winner walking home with the top trophy. And don't be surprised if there's a Hockey East team or two lac- ing up the skates for a chase at the laurels. Providence, Boston College, Notre Dame and Northeastern are all top picks in the Hockey East pre- season poll -- as selected by the league's head coaches. And if a team can survive the rigors of a Hockey East season by finishing in the top four or five, then it is probably good for a berth in the NCCA Regionals. Win two games there and it's home to the Hub for the big extravaganza. But, we digress, because on this day it was all about be- ginnings, about hope and ex- pectations. Everything was new -- the season, the ice, the freshmen -- there was even a new school. For the second year in a row, no less. Last season it was a football school -- Notre Dame -- that joined Hockey East, winding up its inaugural season in the conference with a trip to the HE Tournament semifi- nals (losing to UMass-Lowell) followed by a berth in the NCAA Regionals (a loss to St. Cloud State). Of course, the Irish did bring a winning tradition with them from the Central College Hockey Association. They are also led by Jeff Jack- son, one of the best coaches in the college game. And be- cause they are the Irish, most of their home games will be televised this year -- another big positive in the publicity efforts of Hockey East. Across the conference some 70 Hockey East games will be on TV. This year, it will be an in- stitution better known for basketball --.UConn -- that will be coming on board the Hockey East bandwagon. Head Coach Mike Cavanaugh will be starting his second season behind the Huskies' bench, after piloting the team through its final season in the Atlantic Hockey Associa- tion. They left after compiling a 15-9-3 record in the confer- ence and an 18-14-4 overall mark. However, UConn's pre- season welcome to Hockey East on Media Day presented a challenge. The annual poll of the league's head coaches picked the team to finish dead last (12 th) in the league. So now the Huskies have all sea- son to demonstrate to the head coaches in the league how wrong their rating was. Indeed, Providence is the team to beat, if the prognos- tications of the head coaches are accurate. The Friars picked up 7 of the 12 first place votes to vault to the top spot. Perennial league power Boston College came away with three first place votes to claim the runner-up spot while Notre Dame was third and Northeastern fourth. That quartet was followed by UNH, BU, defending Hockey East tournament champion UMass-Lowell, Ver- mont, Maine, Merrimack, UMass-Amherst and UConn. Regular season games will start over Columbus Day weekend with one local school -- Northeastern -- opening at home against Ver- mont in Matthews Arena on October 11 th. Later in the month, Boston University will host Michigan State at Agganis Arena on October 24 th and then face Michigan on October 25 th. Boston College will also have its home open- ers the same weekend, fac- ing Colorado College at The Heights on October 24 t and then taking on UMass- Amherst on October 25 th. Another highlight of the festivities was the presen- tation of the annual Joe Concannon Hockey East Media Award to Pete Webster, the veteran color analyst for the University of New Hampshire's Wildcat Sports Radio Network Webster, who has been associated with the UNH's men's hockey program for over three decades, became the full-time color analyst in January, 1994. He is a middle school teacher in York, Maine and has been the varsity ten- nis coach at York High School for over 20 seasons. Finally, it was time to take our leave. It was down the elevator and out the door, with thoughts of anticipation for the season of excitement that will play out over the months to come.