Three weekends ago Lynah Rink P.A. legend Arthur Mintz ’71 was on hand in Burlington, Vt., to witness the men’s hockey team thrash Vermont, 5-1. While Mintz is a fixture at Cornell home games, he rarely hits the road for away games. So when he was asked that night why he’d made the harrowing trip on one-lane roads and through dairy farms, Mintz replied prophetically: “Because I think this team has a chance to do something special.”
If nothing else, this year’s hockey team already proved that it indeed is special. Obviously, the Red is among the nation’s elite. Not only is it ranked No. 9 in the USCHO.com poll. But its defense and special teams also are near the top, and its goaltender tandem of senior Matt Underhill and freshman David LeNeveu is arguably the best in the country.
But assessing Cornell’s historical worth is a trickier challenge —