The good folks of Cherry Hill have plenty about which to be jubilant after Boston College's 4-1 win over Ferris State in the 2012 NCAA Men's Hockey Championship game on Saturday. The victory secured the Eagles' third Frozen Four title in five years (and their fifth overall) while extending their winning streak to a school-record 19 games.
But as with any dynastic run of success, that which BC has enjoyed under Jerry York is bound to run into a rough patch when those on whose efforts the success was built bolt to greener pastures.
Which figures to happen sooner rather than later. Chris Kreider is just one of nine Eagles who've been selected in the NHL Draft, though the star winger seems entirely likely to sign with the New York Rangers in time for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Fellow junior Brian Dumoulin seems likely to join Kreider among BC's list of defectors, the riches of the Carolina Hurricanes in his mind.
That's not to mention the slew of seniors (Tommy Cross, Paul Carey and Barry Almeida) who simply won't be able to carry on with the Eagles per NCAA rules.
That's not to say that BC hockey is necessarily doomed to fall flat out of its perch atop the world of college hockey right away. If there's any coach in the country who knows how to reload on the fly rather than rebuild from the ground up, it's Jerry York. He's had to do it year after year, watching some of the top prep players in the sport cycle in and out his program as if through a revolving door.
Heck, Jimmy Hayes (Chicago Blackhawks), Philip Samuelsson (Pittsburgh Penguins) and Cam Atkinson (Columbus Bluejackets) were all supposed to play pivotal roles on this season's squad, but opted instead for the pros and the Eagles won the title anyway.
Don't think for a second that the cupboard at BC is or will be bare, even if Kreider and Dumoulin leave as expected. Chances are York will build his next team around the spectacular talents of Johnny Gaudreau who tore through Ferris State for this spectacular goal in the title game:
So, really, don't cry for BC, Cherry Hill. The truth is, the Eagles never left you and won't any time soon, not if the program's history of sustained success and ever-emergent stockpile of talent is any indication of future performance.