Friday, August 22, 2014

Powers to scout for Dallas; Carpenter powers Sioux City in Russia

Former BU assistant coach Buddy Powers continues his hockey career as a scout in the Dallas Stars organization. Powers, who played three seasons at BU, including Jack Parker's first full season at the helm, later was head coach at Rensselaer and Bowling Green, before returning to BU as an assistant to Parker and to current head coach David Quinn last season.

NBC Sports reports that freshman center Jack Eichel will participate in the 2014 CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo’s First Niagara Center on September 25. Full rosters for the event, now in its third season, will be announced next week.  Junior Matt Lane played in the inaugural Prospects Game in 2012.

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter (Sioux City photo) scored a pair of goals to lead Sioux City past Red Bull of Salzberg, 7-2, in their first preliminary round game at the Junior Club World Cup in Ufa, Russia. The 5-11, right-shot forward from Reading, Mass., tied the game at one apiece in the first period on an unassisted goal and gave the Musketeers a 4-2 lead in the middle period with a power play marker.  Check back for highlights.

Earlier, in an exhibition game against Vityaz Chekhov, Carpenter’s extra-attacker goal knotted the game at 3-3 in the waning seconds of the third-period, but the Musketeers lost, 4-3 in a shootout.
● Official tournament site
Recap of Red Bull game and box score 

2016 recruit Hank Crone scored a hat trick and added an assist to earn player of the game honors as the U.S. Select 17s routed host team Germany, 8-2, in the Five Nations Tournament. The win gave the U.S squad the silver medal and came a day after it had been shut out by the Czech Republic. Team USA broke open the game in a three-and-a-half minute span in the middle period when two of Crone’s goals bookended his one helper. The 5-8 right-shot playmaker, who skated for the Dallas Stars Elite U-16's last season, signed a tender with USHL Omaha for the 2014-15 season.

2016 recruit Clayton Keller talked with the Belleville News-Democrat about expectations for his two years with the NTDP program before beginning his Terrier career. Keller spent last season with the Shattuck St. Mary’s prep team, which he led in scoring (36-41-77 in 51 games) despite being the youngest player on the roster. Keller and current BU freshmen Chase Phelps (66 points) helped lead the Sabres to the 2014 Tier I U18 national championship.

Looking back 

Former BU MVP Alex Chiasson is the latest member of the Terrier hockey family to accept the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise funds for ALS research. Chiasson, who was traded from Dallas to Ottawa during the off-season, challenged former Terrier head coach Jack Parker to follow suit, which he did.
● Ice Bucket Challenge—Jack Parker, David Quinn
● NHLPA videos

Former Terrier captain Wade Megan (photo) has signed a one-year contract to remain with AHL San Antonio. The left-shot center from Canton, N.Y., began last season with ECHL Cincinnati but finished strongly with the Rampage, with17 points in 43 regular season games and then a 1-3-13 line in 22 post-season games helping San Antonio reach the Kelly Cup finals.

Former BU forward Ryan Weston has signed on with the San Diego Jr. Gulls as assistant coach of the 16AAA squad.

Women’s Team
Three Terriers have been named to the National U-22 squads of their respective nations. Junior Sarah Lefort—last season’s Hockey East Player of the Year and a second team All-American—and freshman Victoria Bach earned spots on Hockey Canada, while sophomore Maddie Elia was rostered by Team USA.

Last season’s captain, Louise Warren (photo), was selected by the Calgary Inferno in the third round of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League draft. The Boston Blades made ex-Terriers Kaleigh Fratkin and Taylor Holze their fifth and 14th round picks.

Friday, August 15, 2014


After a strong showing at USA Hockey’s National Junior Team evaluation camp, freshman Jack Eichel, expected to be one of the top first-year players in the NCAA, continues to be the subject of media inquiries. He talked about his early days on skates with Yahoo! Sports’ Sunaya Sapurji, who also spoke with Eichel’s former NTDP linemates who are now his college rivals.

Playing in only two of the three international games after the squad was cut to 27, Eichel recorded a team high 8 points (1G, 7A).

Looking ahead
Kieffer Bellows scored twice and Hank Crone assisted on a pair of scores as the U.S. U-17 Select team defeated Switzerland, 5-3, to remain unbeaten in the U-17 Five Nations Tournament in Germany. Both are 2016 Terrier recruits. Bellows opened the scoring with a first period power play goal and tallied the game-winner in the middle stanza. Crone had the primary assist on another USA man-advantage score and an even strength goal. Next up is the Czech Republic tomorrow.

2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter (photo) is heading to Ufa, Russia, later this month with the USHL Sioux City Musketeers to play in the Junior Club World Cup. The 5-11, 175 lb., right-shot forward, who led Austin Prep to the Massachusetts Super 8 championship game last season, will spend this year with the Musketeers. Last month, Carpenter, who had a 5-4-9 line in nine games for Sioux City last season, participated in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ development camp. The Musketeers’ roster also includes former Terrier Sam Kurker, picked up in the Indiana dispersal draft..

2015 recruits Jordan Greenway and Charles McAvoy return to Ann Arbor for their second season in USA Hockey’s NTDP program. The U-18's schedule for 2014-15 includes three international tournaments, games against USHL opponents and 17 match-ups with college teams, highlighted by a visit to Agganis Arena on Oct. 18 to play the Terriers. Last season, Greenway, a 6-4, 212 lb., left wing scored 15 goals and 26 assists, while McAvoy, a 5-11, 190 lb., right-shot defenseman had a 7-11-18 line.

Looking back
Rick Meagher, Jack Parker, Mike Eruzione

The Terrier Hockey Alumni held their annual Players’ Golf Tournament this past Monday at the Granite Links Country Club in Quincy, Mass.  The fundraising event benefits the BU Hockey Program and brings together former Terrier players to demonstrate support for current players, not only during their time as BU student-athletes, but afterwards, as well.

The tournament drew 74 golfers and the winning foursome with a score of 63 included BU Athletics Hall of Famers Rick Meagher and Mike Eruzione, Mike’s son Vinnie and Tom Callinan.

A stroke back at 64 were John McCarthy, Brian Strait, Craig Sanders and Brandon Yip, one shot better than the team of Tommy Kelley, Danny O’Regan, TJ Ryan and Brendan Ryan.
John Cronin won the closest to the hole competition with 3 feet, 3 inches on a par three, while Coach David Quinn earned longest drive honors.

Meagher and Eruzione, who led BU to four ECAC championships and four NCAA Final Fours (1974-77), finished their college careers as the Terriers' first and second career scoring leaders respectively.

►Former Terrier forward Eddie Wright will be inducted into the Chatham, Ontario, Hall of Fame next month. For a CKSN Sports column, Wright talked about his career, starting on local rinks with close friend Herb Wakabayashi, followed by his career at BU skating on the “UN Line” with two-time All-American Wakabayashi and Serge Boily and then a 40-plus year stint coaching and teaching at SUNY Buffalo. Note that the author is Wakabayashi’s nephew, Dwight, a columnist for Bleacher Report.   

►Sports Illustrated, celebrating its 60th anniversary, asked fans to vote for its most iconic cover from among 32 choices. The March 3, 1980 “Miracle on Ice” cover won in a landslide. Celebrating the gold-medal winning U.S. squad at the Lake Placid Olympics, it “remains the only SI cover without any headlines or type whatsoever.” Photographer Heinz Kluetmeier explained:  "It didn't need it. Everyone in America knew what happened."

Four Terriers played key roles in what is widely recognized as the greatest sports event of the 20th century: forward David Silk, defenseman Jack O’Callahan (exulting while sitting on a teammate in the iconic cover photo), goalie Jim Craig and captain Mike Eruzione, who authored the winning goal against the Soviet Union in the semifinals.
● Sports Illustrated cover story
● 10 interesting facts about The Miracle on Ice

Friday, August 08, 2014

Eichel shines at National Junior camp

Freshman Jack Eichel scored a goal and assisted on four others as Team USA routed Finland, 9-1, at National Junior Evaluation Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y. Eichel assisted on Team USA’s first three goals before scoring himself midway through the middle period. His final assist came on a slick faceoff move in the third period. In the two games since initial squad cuts were made, Eichel leads the team in scoring with eight points.

Team USA’s next game of the evaluation camp is tomorrow against the Czech Republic at 1 p.m.
● USA Hockey recap
● recap

On Wednesday Eichel assisted on three goals as Team USA thumped Sweden, 7-1, at Junior National Team development camp in Lake Placid. The right-shot center from N. Chelmsford set up the first two goals on power plays and nearly had one of his own on an individual rush.
● feature: 2015 Top Prospect Eichel
● Interview with Eichel

► The U.S. National Junior team will practice at BU’s Walter Brown Arena in December, before taking on the Terriers in an exhibition game on Friday, December 19, also at WBA.

BU junior forward Danny O’Regan, the top Terrier scorer as a freshman, talked with the Needham News about his goals for a bounceback season, his move to right wing and his chemistry with Robbie Baillargeon, who earned Hockey East All-Rookie honors last year.

Looking ahead
2016 recruits Hank Crone (top) and Kieffer Bellows (bottom) have arrived in Germany with the U.S. Select 17 squad that will compete in the Five Nations Tournament in Crimmitschau next week. The team practiced this past week in Arlington, Virginia, for the event that includes teams from Switzerland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic and host Germany.  Crone, who will play for USHL Omaha next season, and Bellows, who returns to Edina, Minn., high school, earned spots on the roster with strong efforts at the recent USA Hockey Select 16 festival in Amherst, N.Y. 

Two former Terriers are on Team USA's staff for the Five Nations event: Ken Rausch, a member of the 1995 national championship team, is general manager, and Clark Donatelli, who went on to play in the NHL and in the 1992 Winter Olympics, is an assistant coach.

2015 recruit Sean MacTavish, who rang up 72 points (28G, 44A) last season for AJHL Sherwood Park, will skate for the Waterloo Black Hawks this season, who made him their top pick in Phase 2 of the USHL draft. A right-shot center, the Edmonton, Alberta, native will miss the early part of Waterloo’s training camp with a back injury.

Looking back
My NHL Trade Rumors revisits the 2011 trade that sent Kevin Shattenkirk from the Avalanche, who had made him a first-round draft choice, to St. Louis, where he has developed into a standout and earned a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

Women’s Team

Sarah Lefort was Hockey East's Player of the Year in 2014
Seven Terriers—six current players and last year’s captain—have been rostered for the US and Canadian U-22 Team camps. Louise Warren, who led BU to the 2014 Hockey East championship and graduated in May, along with Shannon Doyle, Sarah Lefort, Samantha Sutherland and two freshmen, Victoria Bach and Rebecca Leslie, have begun development camp in Calgary.

Traveling to Lake Placid next week for USA Hockey’s Women’s National Festival is Maddie Elia, as well as BU assistant coach Katie Lachappelle.

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