Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fortunato exits; Bach and Leslie put on the Maple Leaf

Brandon Fortunato has left the BU hockey program and will transfer to Quinnipiac.  The North Hills, N.Y., native who scored 40 points (6G, 34A) in 79 games for BU, will sit out the 2016-17 season before completing his remaining two seasons of eligibility.

With Fortunato’s departure, BU has eight blueliners led by senior Captain Doyle Somerby.  Also returning are juniors Brien Diffley, Brandon Hickey and John MacLeod, and sophomore Charlie McAvoy. Highly-touted freshmen Dante Fabbro and Chad Krys complete the blueline corps
● Boston Hockey Blog report
● SB Nation report

Looking ahead
2018 recruit Tyler Weiss, a North Carolina native, talked with the York (Penn.) Daily Record about his decisions to play for the NTDP U17s next season and then skate for the Terriers.  He scored 63 points (28G, 35A) in 52 games for the Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA squad last season. He also skated for Team USA in the 2016 Youth Olympics, helping future Terrier and NTDP teammates Jake Wise and Jake DeBoer win the gold medal with four goals and five assists.
● YDR report

Looking back
Former BU All-American and captain of the 2002-03 Terriers Freddy Meyer talks about his collegiate and pro career as well as his coaching career. He’s currently head coach of a Boston area junior team, the East Coast Wizards, and runs hockey camps and clinics.
● Musingsofa  Dream Big
Women’s Team
BU junior forwards Victoria Bach and Rebecca Leslie are skating for Team Canada’s U22 National Team in its three-game series against Team USA in Calgary. Canada won last night’s opening game, 2-1, with Bach tallying the game’s first goal and assisting on the game-winner.
Team USA’s Under 22 Select Team is being coached by former Terrier netminder—and current Providence College head coach—Bob Deraney.
● USA Hockey recap   
● Hockey Canada recap, box score and video
● report
● USA Hockey report on Deraney

Terrier assistant coach Katie Lachappelle is an assistant coach for Team USA’s 2016 Women’s U18 Select Team that is playing a three-game series vs. Canada in Calgary beginning Aug. 18.
● USA Hockey report

Friday, August 12, 2016

Frozen Fenway schedule announced; Bonino brings Cup home

Coaches and captains of eight Hockey East schools were at Fenway Park prior to yesterday’s Sox-Yankees game to promote next Winter’s Frozen Fenway doubleheaders. BU was represented by Head Coach David Quinn and senior captain Doyle Somerby, along with Athletic Director Drew Marrochello.

Terriers will play UMass at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 7, with BC and Providence playing in the nightcap at 5 p.m. A week later, the doubleheader will have Maine vs. UConn and New Hampshire taking on Northeastern.

● HockeyEastOnline report and ticket information
● report
● More photos on the BU Men’s Hockey Twitter account

Looking back
Photo credit: Emily Kask, Hartford Courant
Thursday was Nick Bonino’s day with the Stanley Cup and he brought the hallowed hardware to Avon Old Farms, where he won a New England Prep School title in 2007, prior to helping BU win the NCAA title in 2009 and centering the Penguins’ HBK Line in their run to the NHL championship.

A large crowd showed up to pose for photos with Bonino and the Stanley Cup. The Farmington, Conn., native turned the event into a fund-raiser for Connecticut Children's Medical Center with contributions totaling more than $5,000.   In addition, Uber made a $4,000 contribution.

● Harford Courant report and video

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

'96 World Cup Champs--with four Terriers--named to US Hockey Hall of Fame--UPDATED

The U.S. 1996 World Cup Team—including former Terriers Tony Amonte, Shawn McEachern, Keith Tkachuk and Scott Young—has been named to the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2016. Team USA defeated Canada, two games to one, in the championship series with Amonte tallying the game-winner in the third period of the third game.

Amonte was inducted into the Hall of Fame as an individual in 2009, while Tkachuk received the same honor in 2011.

All four enjoyed long and successful NHL careers and played in the Winter Olympics. Young is currently in his second season as Terriers’ assistant coach. Amonte is the head coach at Thayer Academy. McEachern is head coach at The Rivers School. Tkachuk is one of the leaders of the St. Louis youth hockey program that developed current freshman Clayton Keller, among others.

Amonte’s son, Ty Amonte, and Tkacuk’s son, Brady Tkachuk, are committed to BU for the 2017-18 season.
● U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame report
● The Hockey News report

CSNE’s Joe Haggerty examines Charlie McAvoy’s performance in the NJEC Showcase that made him one of the event’s standouts.
● report and video  

The Hockey News reviewed the top 40 performers at the NJEC Showcase, which included McAvoy, Keller, Kieffer Bellows and Dante Fabbro.
●The Hockey News report

ESPN's EJ Hradek:

"Charlie McAvoy was the best player in the WJC showcase exhibitions "

Junior defenseman Brandon Hickey guested on The Pipeline Show, discussing his summer priorities and hopes for improved point production this season.
● The Pipeline Show August 9 program (3 audio segments)

The annual Travis Roy Foundation Wiffle Ball Tournament begins on Friday and runs through Sunday with a field of 32 teams competing in Essex, Vt.. The event kicks off with a Celebrity-Sponsors game at 5:30 p.m.

Last year's tournament raised $553,000 bringing the 14 year total past the $3.5 million dollar mark. All funds go to the Travis Roy Foundation that is dedicated to enhancing the life of individuals with spinal cord injuries and their families by providing adaptive equipment and to finding a cure through increased funding of research, resulting in self-reliance and the ability to be as independent as possible.

Among those representing the Terrier Team: Danny O'Regan (and brother Tommy Jr.), Matt Grzelcyk, Matt Lane, Jack Eichel, Nick Roberto, Mike Moran, TJ Ryan and team manager Joe Meyers.
Matt Grzelcyk's Donation Page

● NeutralZone.Net  A bond beyond the rink

 Looking ahead

Looking back
Former Terrier standout, U.S. Olympian and AHL coach Clark Donatelli is behind the bench for Team USA at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and his Select U18 squad has a pair of wins in its first two games.  The Providence, R.I., native, who reached the NHL with Minnesota and Boston, scored 135 points as a Terrier and helped lead BU to its first-ever Hockey East title in 1986.
●USA Hockey Magazine: Chemistry on the Fly

Penguins center Nick Bonino, who will be bringing the Stanley Cup to his prep school, Avon Old Farms, on Thursday, visited the Fox 61 studio in Hartford to talk about his turnaround season with the Penguins, family and giving back.
● Fox 61 interview (video) ranked Bonino’s series clinching goal (Eastern Conference second round vs. Washington) as the second best overtime goal of the 2015-16 season.
● video
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