Amonte's inspiration

STEVE MACFARLANE -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 10:28 AM ET

BOSTON -- Original Six cities hold a special place in the hearts of many NHL veterans.

With visits to Toronto and Montreal already under their belts, the Calgary Flames have had no shortage of nostalgia on their four-game road swing.

For Tony Amonte, though, no place holds more memories than Boston.

The Hingham, Mass., product still spends his summers in the town he called home throughout his childhood and early hockey education.

He played three seasons for Thayer Academy high school then joined the Boston University Terriers for a pair before the New York Rangers called him to duty.

And, after Mark Giordano potted his first two NHL goals in his hometown against the Leafs and Matthew Lombardi followed with a pair in his old stomping grounds in Montreal, Amonte has a chance to cap off a trifecta when Calgary plays the Boston Bruins tonight at TD Banknorth Garden (5 p.m., FAN 960, Pay-Per-View).

"Boston's a great place. It's always a special night when you go play there," said Amonte, 36. "It's always fun to go home, play in front of friends and family, see some familiar faces in the stands."

Some of Amonte's fondest Boston recollections come from his years as a Terrier, especially the four-team Beanpot tourney.

"All the schools basically touch, that's how close in proximity they are to each other," said Amonte, who beat out teammates Keith Tkachuk and Shawn McEachern for MVP honours after scoring the tournament's quickest hat-trick in 5:24 of the second period in 1991 -- a memory Amonte often recalls.


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