Friday, March 7, 2014
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"We still pick each other's brains when we talk," said Jim Tortorella.
When John Tortorella coached the Tampa Bay Lightning to the 2003-04 Stanley Cup championship, his little brother could take away a small piece of that success.
Bill Beaney currently ranks 12th in career wins among all college hockey coaches with 577 after 33 years. Jerry York at Boston College tops the list with 928 in 41 seasons.
Jeff Beaney, with 246 wins at USM in 26 seasons, isn't on the list. In fact, Middlebury beat USM in their first dozen or so meetings. In the past five years, the outcomes between the elite private school in Vermont and the state school in Maine have been more even.
"I have such great admiration for what he's done to take that program up another step and for the impact he's had on his players' lives," said Bill Beaney, who could turn that around. Big brother coached little brother for one year at New England College. Bill Beaney had several losing seasons before Jeff arrived on the Henniker, N.H., campus
"He always remind me it was his level of play that picked me up," said Bill Beaney. "I tell Jeff it was too bad he didn't have a younger brother to play for him."
Jeff Beaney will watch the Super Bowl. He thinks he knows how the Harbaugh brothers will handle victory and defeat: Each will be proud of the other.
"The parents will have it tough," said Jeff Beaney, who remembers his own. "They won't be able to share that high with the son who won. They'll be feeling for the son who didn't."
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