When Pete Souris graduated from Beverly High School in 1995, he was an 18-year-old sports nut who dreamed of working for the NBA.
So how did it come to be that Souris, now 32 years old,¬ is helping to coordinate a first-of-its-kind¬ college hockey doubleheader at¬ Fenway Park tonight?
"I was converted into a hockey guy in college (at the University of New Hampshire), and it was a great thing for me," said Souris, who as the Director of Public Relations for Hockey East has had a major part in making tonight's Sun Life Frozen Fenway women's and men's college hockey doubleheader a reality.
Souris, who is serving as a de facto Media Coordinator for the event,¬ has been pulling triple duty in the sense that he's working with three separate groups of people — the National Hockey League, the Red Sox and Fenway Sports group, and members of the media — in getting ready for tonight's festivities. The biggest crowd to ever see a college hockey game in the East will watch the first-ever outdoor women's game between¬ Northeastern¬ and¬ UNH at 4 p.m., followed by¬ the Boston¬ University vs. Boston College men at 7:30 p.m.
Souris has¬ been handling credentials, coordinating practices for both the men's and women's teams at Fenway the past two days, and even has his own makeshift office inside Fenway for this week.
"We're starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel," said Souris, who still makes his home in the Garden City. "We're a small office¬ at Hockey East, and this was a pretty big undertaking from when we first thought it might be a possibility back in April. Ever since it became official back in August that the Winter Classic was coming to Boston and we found out we could host some games, it's really been all hands on deck from our end.