Billy Joel had a hit song back in my youth called “Keeping the Faith”. Catchy tune. Here are a few of the lyrics Joel sang: “The good ol days weren’t always good
And tomorrow aint as bad as it seems.”
That song was a hit in 1983, one year before Shawn Walsh was hired as the U Maine men’s hockey coach.
Which makes me think Billy Joel was wrong.
Because when it comes to UMaine hockey, Those were the good ol days and they were darn good.
And as we drop the puck on this Black Bear season, tomorrow just may be as bad as it seems.
One thing I have noticed is there isn’t any anticipation or excitement leading up to this season. Bu then again why should there be? Inexplicably Red Gendron is back as head coach for his 7th season. He has a dismal record of 82 wins. 115 losses and 25 ties.
Maine hockey has not even won a quarterfinal playoff series in his tenure. Trips to the NCAA tourney and Frozen Four are memories frozen in time.
Nobody expects the Black Bears to have much success this year either. They were picked a lowly 8th in the Hockey East pre season poll.
Attendance was down last year again. Probably will be this year too in spite of the desperate move by Maine officials to lower ticket prices.
On the bright side, fans should have a little to cheer about early this season
Maine has nine home games between now and roughly the new year. Four are against Omaha, and Alaska Anchorage. These two teams are just dreadful and have combined for more than 200 losses the last 5 years! Get your tickets now if you want to see bad hockey but Maine wins.
I suppose a win is a win for the Black Bear fans who to this day find a way to “Keep the Faith.”
But I suspect the rest of the season will leave us longing for the good ol days once again.