The above image is the cover shot of the February 23rd, 1981 edition of Sports Illustrated. Not only is it a rare cover devoted to hockey - it features the very first American born hockey player to make the cover of the famous magazine.
That's 17 year old Bobby Carpenter of St. John's Prep School on the cover. "The Can't Miss Kid" they proclaim. He didn't, either. He was the first American player drafted in the first round (3rd overall in 1981) and first American player to score 50 goals in a season. In total he played 1,178 games, scoring 320 goals and 408 assists for 728 points. He won the Stanley Cup in 1995.
Fast forward to 2013 and Bobby Carpenter's son Bob, better known as Bobo, is set to chase hockey dreams on the grandest of stages, too. And it starts in the fall at Boston University.
Officially committed to Boston University! Thank you to every one who has helped me throughout the years! Love you all #Terriors
— Bobo Carpenter (@carpy_16) May 10, 2013
Bobo had been starring at Austin Prep, another Boston area high school. Now, if you think growing up in his father's famous shadow is hard, he also has an older sister who is already making quite the splash in the hockey world. Alex has played with the American under 18 national women's team and looks to be a big part of the American's womens program for years to come.
Interestingly, Alex is enrolled at BU's rival Boston College, which should make for interesting family debates.
There is a third Carpenter kid, Brendan. He, too, has excelled at hockey at the high school level, however he is reportedly committing to chasing a career in football..
New Coach At BU - When Bobo reports to camp in the fall, he will not be the only new face on the campus ice. David Quinn has been named the new head coach at BU. Congratulations to Quinn who continues to deal with some great health issues. His profile here at GHL is one of the most read features in the website's history.