There was a little bit of chirping between linemates Brian Gionta and Torrey Mitchell last weekend.
That will happen when Boston College goes up against Vermont.
Gionta, a former captain for BC, and Mitchell, a former captain for Vermont, had a bit of friendly trash talk going when the Hockey East schools met for a weekend series, which they ended up splitting.
"I told him Friday night Vermont won in overtime so I said we’re going for the big sweep on Saturday and then later Saturday night I got a picture message from him saying BC beat Vermont, 6-5," Mitchell said.
The Sabres forward played three seasons at Vermont, serving as captain his junior before leaving school to pursue his pro career.
Mitchell said college hockey was always the path for him. Both of his parents were physical education teachers outside of Montreal. He remembers making the 90-minute drive to Burlington to watch Vermont play when he was 10 years old. He was hooked.
But while college hockey was his clear choice, there were some challenges, particularly when all his friends decided to play major junior instead.
"(College) was just the path that my parents wanted me to do instead of going to junior like every single one of my friends," Mitchell said. "It was difficult that way. I played Midget AAA and we won the Quebec provincial championship and went to nationals and that’s it. Everyone was going to the Quebec Major Junior League from my team. I think we had like 20 kids drafted that summer in the Quebec league and I’m still skating with them later in the summer and they're talking about when’s camp start. And I’m like I don’t know.
"That was tough because I went to prep school for two years and prep school plays like 25 games. I didn't go to college right after Midget AAA, I went to prep school and I was sitting in prep school and we played Game 2 the second week of November and my buddies were in like Game 30-35 in the Quebec league. So that part was tough."