Nice Reason to return

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

BUFFALO -- For three seasons Boston University was Marty Reasoner's sworn enemy.

But yesterday the Edmonton Oilers forward was practising in their new state-of-the-art arena.

As a Boston College alumni, it was almost sacrilege.

"We took a lot of beatings at the other rink, but it's my first time here," said Reasoner. "It's a nice building. They had obviously talked about building a new arena. It was an obvious plus for the program."

The Agganis Arena, constructed in 2004, holds more than 7,000 spectators.

It cost $90 million and is home to the Boston University Terriers hockey and basketball squads.

Yesterday the Oilers practised in the facility before making their way to Buffalo for tonight's encounter against the Sabres.

Reasoner, a native of Rochester, New York, played three seasons at Boston College before turning pro.

"It was such a huge rivalry," Reasoner said. "At the time, it was the most important thing going. And just being back there on Monday brings back great memories.

"It's amazing you can have a college game with 20-year-old kids and have the place packed.

"The atmosphere is a lot different than what we see in pro games. It's a lot like what we see in Edmonton, but you don't see that in a lot of buildings in the U.S."

On Monday Boston University beat Boston College 2-1 in overtime in the final of the annual Beanpot tournament at the TD Banknorth Gardens.The tournament features all the local-area schools.

"It was pretty exciting and it brought you back to the good times we had," Reasoner said. "We didn't fare that great. But you look back at those years and it was a lot of fun."


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