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BC, Yale earn top seeds in NCAA hockey

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BC, Yale earn top seeds in NCAA hockey

Two New England teams -- Boston College and Yale -- earned top seeds, and two other N.E. schools earned at-large berths for the NCAA hockey tournament.

Seedings and pairings were announced Sunday morning.

The Bulldogs, winners of the ECAC championship, are the No. 1 seed in the East regional and will play No. 4 Air Force on Friday at Bridgeport, Conn. Union and Minnesota-Duluth are the other schools in the regional.

BC is the No. 1 seed in the West Regional, and the Hockey East champions will play No. 4 Colorado College Friday in St. Louis. Other schools in that regional: Michigan and Nebraska-Omaha.

The other two England schools will compete in the Northeast Regional in Manchester, N.H. The host school, New Hampshire, will face No. 1 seed Miami of Ohio, and No. 2 Merrimack will play No. 3 Notre Dame. Those games are on Saturday.

The four schools in the Midwest Regional, which will be played in Green Bay, are North Dakota, Denver, Western Michigan and RPI.

The winners of the regionals will advance to the Frozen Four in St. Paul, Minn., on April 7 and 9.

Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant post messages to Gordon Hayward

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Bill Russell, Kobe Bryant post messages to Gordon Hayward

A couple of NBA legends - one old school and one more modern-day - were among the luminaries wishing Gordon Hayward well after his gruesome ankle injury in the Celtics' season opener in Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Celtics legend Bill Russell tweeted his best wishes to Hayward on Twitter and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant posted a message to him on Instagram.

Be sad. Be mad. Be frustrated. Scream. Cry. Sulk. When you wake up you will think it was just a nightmare only to realize it’s all too real. You will be angry and wish for the day back, the game back THAT play back. But reality gives nothing back and nor should you. Time to move on and focus on doing everything in your power to prepare for surgery, ask all the questions to be sure you understand fully the procedure so that you may visualize it in your subconscious while being operated on and better the chance of it’s success. Then focus on the recovery process day by day by day. It’s a long journey but if you focus on the mini milestones along the way you will find beauty in the struggle of doing simple things that prior to this injury were taken for granted. This will also mean that when you return you will have a new perspective. You will be so appreciative of being able to stand, walk, run that you will train harder than you ever have. You see the belief within you grow with each mini milestone and you will come back a better player for it. Best of luck to you on this journey my brother #mambamentality always.

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Hayward went down about five minutes into his first regular-season game with the C's and is awaiting surgery for an ankle dislocation and fracture at New England Baptist Hospital.

New Celtics teammate Kyrie Irving and the player Irving was traded for, Isaiah Thomas, also posted Monday in the aftermath of the injury. 

WE ALL got you brother, No matter what. @gdhayward 3/23 πŸ”ΊπŸ‘β˜˜οΈ

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