Thursday, July 17, 2014

Freshman features, recruits shine at U16s, alumni golf

WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin's in-depth interview with freshman Jack Eichel reveals how the freshman forward's focus on immediate goals and improvement, and a willingness to challenge himself against older players has helped him become one of hockey’s top prospects.
Johnathan MacLeod, Eichel’s teammate with the U-17's and U-18's and now at BU, talked with the Lowell Sun about a whirlwind last few months that included winning a gold medal at the World U-18's, being drafted by Tampa Bay in the second round, attending the Lightning’s development camp and beginning classes at BU. 

► Four Terriers—sophomore Nick Roberto and freshmen J.J. Piccinich, Conor LaCouvee and Brandon Fortunato as well as 2015 recruit Charles McAvoy--are competing in the 2014  John Cunniff Senior Chowder Cup tournament, which begins today. 
Looking ahead 
Following strong performances at the USA Select 16 Development Camp, 2016 recruits Hank Crone (photo) and Kieffer Bellows were named to the U.S. U-17 Select squad that will play in the 2014 Five Nations Tournament, Aug. 13-17, in Crimmitschau, Germany.
● USA Hockey report and roster 

Both future BU forwards played in last Sunday’s development camp All-Star game and each scored a goal for Team Blue, a 4-2 winner, with Bellows adding two assists to earn.SBNation’s Jeff Cox’s nod as first star.

● Cox’s review of Select 16 performers including Crone and Bellows:

7. Henry Crone (#18 Royal) 5-8/145 Dallas Stars Elite U16 (Boston University) - Another player whose skill became more apparent as the week went on. He is a great stick handler with good speed, but perhaps most impressive was his ability to read plays and anticipate where his teammates would be and where to find pucks.
10. Kieffer Bellows (#11 Red) 6-1/190 Edina High School (Boston University) - This observer didn't think he truly showed what he's made of until the All-Star game. Admittedly, he was playing on one of the weaker teams here during pool play. He's a power forward who likes to throw his weight around. He made several jawing hits during the camp, but then came alive on Sunday. He drove to the net and scored two goals, as he was one of the better players in that game. He's got a quick release and is strong on the puck. He reminded me a little of Ottawa Senators draft pick Shane Eiserman with perhaps a little more offensive upside.

The Hockey News’ latest Prospect Watch of NCAA signings includes Bellows and 2015 recruit Liam Coughlin, a Catholic Memorial product who skated for the Vernon Vipers last season and was one of only five BCHL players selected in the NHL Entry Draft last month. 

Looking back 
Two former Terriers will play management roles for the U.S. U-17 Select team mentioned above. Ken Rausch, a member of the BU 1995 national championship team, will serve as general manager. Clark Donatelli, a late 80’s BU standout and two-time U.S. Olympian, will be an assistant coach.

Former Terrier defenseman Adam Clendening was named to the AHL all-star team in his first two pro seasons, the first player to do so in more than a decade. Now he’s aiming for a spot on the Blackhawks roster. The Wheatfield, N.Y. native is in Chicago’s development camp, along with BU netminder Matt O’Connor.
● Comcast SportsNet report and video interview
● NBC Sports report 

Former BU forward Matt Nieto, after a successful rookie season in San Jose, is expecting an increased role in 2014-15. 

The Terrier Hockey Alumni are holding their annual Players’ Golf Tournament  on Monday, Aug. 11, at the Granite Links Country Club in Quincy, Mass.  The fundraising event, which benefits the BU Hockey Program, is being organized by a trio of former Terrier defensemen: Pat Aufiero, Kevin Kielt and Tommy Ryan.  The winner of last year’s fundraiser, which drew more than 60 participants, was the foursome of Keith Emery, Bobby Hanson, Greg Quebec and Kielt.
 Details and registration

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Scott Young returns to BU as Director of Hockey Operations

BU officially announced the appointment of former Terrier, Olympic and NHL standout Scott Young as its new Director of Hockey Operations, succeeding Pertti Hansanen. Young returns to Commonwealth Avenue after 17 NHL seasons and four campaigns as head coach of his prep alma mater, St. Mark’s School. 
Head coach David Quinn, discussing the new role of his one-time BU teammate, told the Terrier Hockey Fan Blog:

“What’s really going to help is that he’ll serve as a sounding board to the coaching staff. Besides running the day-to-day operations, he can help plan our practices and make suggestions to the coaches about what needs attention. During games, he’ll be behind the bench, helping to monitor what is happening on the ice from a systematic viewpoint—looking at both our team and the opposition. While Scott can’t directly coach the players, he can tell the coaches what he’s observed. He’ll also be involved in breaking down video to prepare for games."

The right wing from Clinton, Mass., played for two seasons at BU, totaling 65 points and earning Hockey East Rookie of the Year honors in 1985-86.  After a year with the U.S. National Team and his first of three appearances with Team USA in the Winter Olympics, he joined the Hartford Whalers who had selected him in the first round (11th overall) of the1986 NHL Entry Draft.  He would go on to play on Stanley Cup champions in Pittsburgh (1991) and Colorado (1996). Young achieved career highs in goals (40) and points (73) in 2000-01 with St. Louis, the team with whom he would conclude his playing career in 2005-06, with 757 regular season points on his record.
Young also was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. team in the 1996 World Cup of Hockey (along with ex-Terriers Shawn McEachern, Tony Amonte and Keith Tkachuk) and is one of only 20 Americans to play in three World Junior Championships.
● announcement  
Daily Free Press report    
●NHLPA bio

St. Mark’s has announced that Young’s successor behind the bench is 2000-01 BU captain and former Boston Bruin Carl Corazzini.  A fan favorite who scored 117 points in four seasons as a Terrier, “Captain Carl” had been coaching at Weston H.S. since ending his professional career in 2011. Along the way he had stops with the Providence Bruins, Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, and Germany’s Straubing Tigers. He scored his only two NHL goals with his hometown Bruins in 2004.

● MetroWest Daily News report
► BU has announced two changes to the 2014-15 schedule: The Terriers' home game against Hockey East newcomer Connecticut moves from Nov. 16 to Saturday, Nov. 8; and the venues for the home-and-home with Merrimack have been flipped. BU will visit MC’s Lawlor Rink on Dec. 5 and then host the Warriors on Dec. 6.
● 2014-15 Men’s Ice Hockey schedule
Gone camping began a series on Bruin development camp invitees with a profile of Terrier captain Matt Grzelcyk (left).

Johnathan MacLeod, selected by the Lightning in the third round of the recent Entry Draft, participated in the team’s development camp in Tampa.

A pair of 2015 Terrier recruits and two incoming freshmen have been invited to attend NHL development camps. Maxim Letunov, a second round Blues’ pick in the draft, will participate in the St. Louis camp beginning today at the Ice Zone in the St. Louis Outlet Mall. Former Terrier Sam Kurker also was invited.  THN’s Ryan Kennedy, reports that Bobo Carpenter has been asked to join the Toronto camp. Carpenter, who led Austin Prep to the Mass. High School Super 8 title game, will spend next season with the USHL Sioux City Musketeer. Also attending Toronto’s camp is 2014 recruit J.J. Piccinich, (right) the Leafs’ fourth round draft pick. CHN’s Mike McMahon tweeted that “BU freshman D Brandon Fortunato was invited to Detroit's camp, but he's spending his summer taking classes at BU prepping for the season.”  Sophomore Robbie Baillargeon, who led the Terriers in scoring as a freshman, will attend his second Ottawa Senators camp.

►The full list of current, future and past Terriers invited to NHL development camps can be found in the College Hockey Inc. compilation of invited players with college hockey connections.

Looking ahead
NHL Central Scouting’s early look at the 2015 draft includes three BU recruits Jack Eichel, Jordan Greenway and AJ Greer.

Looking back
Former BU co-captain John McCarthy signed a one-year two-way contract with St. Louis. He had played 87 games for the Sharks, who drafted him in 2006.
● McCarthy video highlights

Wedding Bells
Former Terriers Nick Bonino and Lauren Cherewyk were married in Boston over the holiday weekend, with former BU captain Kevin Shattenkirk serving as best man. Bonino, a 117-point scorer in three BU seasons, including 50 points for the 2009 national championship team, recently was traded by Anaheim to Vancouver. Cherewyk tallied 71 points in four varsity seasons; in 2009-10 she was the team’s second leading scorer, helping the Terriers earn their first Hockey East Championship and first-ever NCAA tournament berth.

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Freshmen arrive; Maguire to take medical red-shirt

According to reports in the Boston Hockey Blog and other media, junior netminder Sean Maguire (photo) will miss the entire 2014-15 season and will take a medical red-shirt. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.  With the recent commitment of Alberni Valley goalie Connor LaCouvee, BU will have three active goalies this season.  Junior Matt O’Connor and graduate student Anthony Moccia both return.
● Boston Hockey Blog report

Ten freshmen—nine skaters and goalie LaCouvee--are now enrolled and are working out with Terrier strength and conditioning coach Anthony Morando.

Five Terriers were named to the 2013-14 Hockey East All-Academic Team: seniors Patrick MacGregor, Anthony  Moccia and Matt Ronan, junior Evan Rodrigues and freshman Dillon Lawrence.

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Maxim Letunov, drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the second round of last weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, spoke to USHL Interactive about his first USHL season, his draft selection and his choice of BU. Letunov will spend another season at Youngstown, joined there by 2016 recruit Vas Kolias. Two seasons ago, the Moscow native played for the Dallas Stars Elite Hockey Club
Elite Prospect card

Shifting focus to the 2015 NHL draft, identified 15 players with college connections to follow. Included were incoming freshman Jack Eichel (#1) and AJ Greer (#8), along with 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway (#7). Next season, Greenway will play for the NTDP U18s, who will play an exhibition game at BU on October 18. Fellow 2015 recruit Charles McAvoy also skates for the U18s.  

Looking back
Former Terrier MVP Alex Chiasson was traded this week from the Dallas Stars to the Ottawa Senators. The Quebec native talked with the Inside the Senate blog about the trade and an opportunity to play top-six minutes in Ottawa and mentioned his “welcome aboard” call from former BU teammate Eric Gryba, who recently re-signed with the Senators for $2.5 million for two years.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, Chiasson already has “the inside track to play on one of the Senators’ top two lines next year; but the 6-4 wing points out, “The opportunity is there for me to jump in, but at the same time I never take anything for granted.”
Ottawa Sun interview 
Former Terrier standout David van der Gulik signed a free-agent contract with the Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings. Originally drafted by Calgary, he spent the past five seasons in the Avalanche organization and appeared in 48 NHL games.

Chris Bourque, MVP of the 2005 Beanpot, signed a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers.  Last season he played for Kazan Ak-Bars of the KHL.  A Washington Caps draft pick in 2004, Bourque has played 51 NHL games, including 18 with the Bruins in 2012-13. His younger brother, Ryan, was a Ranger draft pick and has spent the past three seasons with AHL Hartford.

Former BU blueliner Max Nicastro has signed a contract with HC Banska Bystrica in Slovakia. A Red Wings draft pick, he played for the ECHL Toledo Walleye last season.

Corey Trivino, who scored 43 points in 46 games for ECHL Stockton, has received a qualifying offer to remain with the Thunder, an affiliate of the Islanders, who had drafted Trivino #46 overall in 2008.

Women’s Team
Terrier Head Coach Brian Durocher announced a five-member recruit class for 2014, along with a transfer who will be eligible in 2015-16. Three of the six played in the gold-medal game of the 2014 IIHF World Women’s U18 Championships. Forwards Victoria Bach (left) and Rebecca Leslie, who were respectively the #1 and #6 scoring leaders last season in Ontario’s Provincial Women’s Hockey League, won gold medals for Canada, while goalie Erin O’Neil  (right), the top senior netminder in Minnesota last year, earned a silver medal for the U.S. Forward Anna Steifel and defenseman Savannah Newton round out the class. The transfer is blueliner Alexis Crossley who played two seasons for New Hampshire, earning All-Rookie honors as a freshman.

The defending Hockey East champions will be bolstered by the return of two players who were injured last season: 2012-13 first team Hockey East All-Star defenseman Shannon Doyle, who missed the entire season, and forward Kayla Tutino, who missed most of the season. Also returning is captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who spent the year with the Canadian Olympic team and whose heroics propelled Canada to another gold medal at the Sochi games.
● report with player thumbnails
●  2014-15 roster
Seven members of last year’s squad were named to the Hockey East All-Academic squad: Meghan Riggs (named all four years), Mia Becker, Victoria Hanson, Braly Hiller, Kerrin Sperry, Doyle and Tutino.

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