Monday, July 25, 2016

Terrier PA announcer Prior passes; "dynamic scoring forward" commits for 2020--UPDATED.

Jim Prior, the iconic Public Address announcer at BU hockey games for 30 seasons, passed away on Saturday. The Arlington, Mass., native, who also handled PA duties at Beanpot and Hockey East tournament contests, was renowned for his professionalism and enthusiasm and, in particular, his signature puck drop call, “The teams are ready, soooooo let’s play hockey.”

A favorite of Terrier fans and players (see Twitter links below), Prior was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, who served in Vietnam, Prior also was active in Eastern Junior Hockey.

Last season, during the Jan. 29 game against Merrimack, BU recognized Prior for his 30 seasons behind the mic at Walter Brown Arena and then at Agganis Arena. He also was honored in 2013 during the Hockey East semifinals, on the night when BU beat BC for Jack Parker’s final win as BU coach.

►Tweets from players and friends:  BU Men’s Hockey;  Friends of BU Hockey report (Comments from David Quinn and Jack Parker)
● Massachusetts Hockey: Remembers Jim Prior
● Boston Globe Obituary and report
● Boston Magazine report
● Hockey reporter Jashvina Shah: For Jim Prior, a Legend who Made BU Hockey Home
● 2002 USCHO Prior profile   

Looking ahead: A dynamic forward

High-scoring forward Trevor Zegras has committed to BU, joining d-man Braden Doyle in BU’s 2020 recruit class. Zegras has been described by USHR as a “dynamic, skilled left wing [who] has great hands, sees the ice well, is creative, and has a great scoring touch.” also tweeted “Zegras still needs to fill out and add strength, but his skill-set is firmly that of 1st round calibre by 2017 #OHLDraft standards.”  Priority Selections currently ranks McCarthy at #3 and Mastrosimone at #6 for the 2017 OHL Draft.
 Zegras, center, and Mastrosimone, right, named all-tournament
The 5'10" speedster with high end skills was named all-tournament at this past weekend’s Junior Chowder Cup event, along with 2019 recruit Mastrosimone. Zegras and Mastrosimone each scored a goal for Hockey Essentials White in the ’01 Division championship game, a 3-2 OT loss to Black Squirrel, coached by former BU captain Carl Corazzini.   Zegras had a 3-2-5 scoring line in three ’01 Division games.

Zegras and Mastrosimone did double duty, also skating for ’00 Division champion Hockey Essentials Black, scoring a goal and an assist. Mastrosimone scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in the ’00 title game. In ’01 Division games, he tallied four goals and five assists.

In the recent USA Hockey Select 15 Development Camp, Zegras scored a pair of goals in three games.

A Bedford, N.Y. native, Zegras starred for the Mid-Fairfield Rangers, leading the 14U team to the Tier 1 Youth Nationals (won by Shattuck St. Mary’s with Mastrosimone and Doyle). He skated on the Jr. Rangers’ top line, racking up 65 goals and 57 assists in 66 games and six points in three games at Nationals.   Next season, Zegras will play for Avon Old Farms, helping to fill the void left by 2016 BU recruit Patrick Harper

OverTheBoards review from 2015 SFX 68 (also reviews Mastrosimone and Doyle): 

An incisive, offensively-gifted firebomb who is smaller than many defensemen and comes at the net every which way, almost always with the puck in hand. Highly engaged, great speed and quickness, bursts to separate and is very skilled. Passes the puck with glowing threads when he feels like sharing. Good shot selection on the whole even with a high volume of efforts, creates high quality chances for himself. Shoots left.        
Boston Hockey Blog: Zegras commits to Boston University
NeutralZone: Terriers Land Top Recruit for Class of 2020  

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Ice-cold news for a hot weekend--UPDATED

NHL Central Scouting has issued its Futures List for the 2017 Entry Draft and incoming freshmen goalie Jake Oettinger is among those projected as first round picks. Al Jensen, the lead goalie evaluator for Central Scouting reports that the 6'4" 203 lb., netminder, who had a 25-8-1 record and a 2.33 GAA for the NTDP U18s, has a good glove hand and excellent balance. Jensen added:
"He's a big presence in the net and plays mostly a positional blocking style," Jensen said. "He has great positional play and excellent net coverage, even when he drops in the butterfly."

Also on the Futures List are two 2018 recruits: Logan Cockerill (photo), who will play for the NTDP U18s this season after a 21-point U17 season, and Matthew Quercia, a power forward for the New Hampshire Junior Monarchs.. report 

Six Terriers will hit the ice at US Junior National Team evaluation camp in Plymouth, Michigan, beginning next Saturday.  The 42 man squad has been divided into two teams, with sophomores Jordan Greenway and Charlie McAvoy, along with freshmen Chad Krys and Jake Oettinger, on Team Blue. Freshman Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows will skate for Team White. The camp will include games against Canada, Finland and Sweden.

USA Hockey Evaluation Camp home page; schedule; full roster
Boston Hockey Blog report
Future Considerations report

Freshman Dante Fabbro is on Team Canada's roster for National Junior Camp in Toronto, also beginning July 30, and could find himself facing future Terrier teammates again in Plymouth, Michigan. Fabbro was a standout for Canada in this past Spring's World U18 championships.
Hockey Canada report 

Looking ahead
Photo by Rena Laverty
Thanks to the blog reader who alerted us to this USA Hockey article about 2017 recruit David Farrance, who completed his NTDP U17 season with eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points, second best among defensemen. Rochester, NY area native Farrance is skating in the off-season with NHLers Ryan Callahan and Brian Gionta.
USA Hockey report

2019 recruit Braden Doyle, who competed at USA Hockey's Select 15 Development Camp:

Looking back
Former Terrier standout forward Matt Nieto, who recently re-signed with San Jose, faces a make-or-break season with the Sharks, according to Blades of

Women’s Team
Terriers have begun announcing, via Twitter, newcomers for the 2016-17 team, which includes six freshman and one transfer. Four players have been revealed: defenseman Alexandra Calderone, a Quebec native and first-team all-star from Dawson College;  Abby Cook the top-scoring defenseman from Pursuit of Excellence in British Columbia; forward Deziray De Sousa who led Phillips Exeter in scoring with 23 goals and seven assists; and forward Nina Rodgers, who played the past two seasons at Minnesota.

Four Terriers have been named to the 42-player roster of the Hockey Canada Development Camp. Heading to Calgary in early August are rising juniors Victoria Bach, Rebecca Leslie and Savannah Newton, along with freshman Calderon. Forwards Bach (#12) and Leslie (#19) were both named Second Team Hockey East All-Stars..
● report

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