Saturday, June 16, 2018

New Associate Head Coach? Hickey traded to Buffalo; Grzelcyk gets two-year deal

College Hockey News writer Mike McMahon and other voices in the hockey community are suggesting that Harvard Associate Head Coach Paul Pearl will join Albie O’Connell’s staff in the same position.

(@MikeMcMahonCHN) June 12, 2018

In 2014, Pearl left Holy Cross after 19 years as head coach to become a member of Crimson Coach Ted Donato’s staff, replacing O’Connell who had moved across the Charles River to join David Quinn’s staff at BU. If Pearl does become a Terrier assistant, he’ll be reunited with goalie coach Brian Ecklund who spent three seasons mentoring Harvard goalies before joining the Terrier staff. 
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Three current Terriers and two incoming freshmen were named to USA Hockey’s 42-man roster for the 2018 World Junior Summer Showcase (July 28-Aug 4) in Kamloops, British Columbia.  The five players are rising sophomores Brady Tkachuk, Logan Cockerill (photo) and David Farrance and recruits Joel Farabee and Jake Wise. The WJSS event is the initial step in choosing the U.S. Junior National Team, which will compete in the 2019 World Junior Championships, also set for British Columbia. 
● USA Hockey report and roster

Looking ahead  
Dobber Prospects final rankings for the 2018 draft has three Terriers in the top 19: Tkachuk #9, Farabee #10, Wise #19.

Reporter Jeff Cox discussed Farabee with NTDP U18 Coach Seth Appert in advance of next week’s NHL Entry Draft in Dallas. 
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USA Hockey profiles 2019 recruit Case McCarthy. The right-shot defenseman from Clarence, NY scored 18 points in 41 games for the NTDP U17s in an injury-shortened season.
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Looking back

                  Two-time All-American and Terrier captain Matt Grzelcyk has re-upped with the Bruins, signing a two-year deal with an annual cap hit of $1,400,000. The Charlestown, Massachusetts native began last season with AHL Providence but was called up and took a regular spot on Boston’s blueline, putting up 15 points in 61 regular-season games and playing in 11 playoff games. 

Brandon Hickey, captain of the 2017-18 Terriers had his draft rights traded to the Buffalo Sabres by Arizona. If he signs with Buffalo, he’ll be reunited with former Terrier teammates Jack Eichel, Evan Rodrigues and Danny O’Regan in the Sabres’ organization, as well as assistant general manager Steve Greeley, a BU associate head coach during Hickey’s freshman season.

Hickey, who scored 64 points as a four-year starter on BU's blueline, was originally drafted in 2014 by Calgary, who traded his rights to the Coyotes in 2017.

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● Boston Herald report  
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Sunday, June 10, 2018

Catching Up

This past Wednesday, Albie O’Connell was introduced as BU’s head hockey coach to university officials, the media and other guests at a press conference at Agganis Arena’s Francis Burke Club Room. O’Connell was introduced by University President Robert Brown and was joined by his wife Kristen—also a BU alum—and their three children. 

The 12th Terrier head coach told the attendees that “This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” “I can’t wait to get this thing going. I wish the season started tomorrow.” He added that he would build on the foundation established by David Quinn, although ““I’ll do some things a little different, but the structure is there and it’s not broken.”

Asked what changes he might implement, O’Connell said, “I think the penalty kill,” mentioned O’Connell after the press conference. “I think I might make that look a little bit different.”

His immediate task is to replace himself as an assistant and O'Connell indicated he has several names in mind.
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Full press conference (video)  
Photo Gallery BU introduces Albie O'Connell  
Boston Herald report

For the third consecutive season, a Terrier will have his named engraved on Lord Stanley’s famed Cup. Two-time BU scoring leader Alex Chiasson and the Washington Capitals defeated Las Vegas 4-3 last night to complete their march to the NHL title and earn the right to raise the Cup. Chiasson, who scored 18 points this season for the Caps, becomes the 13th Terrier  to have his name inscribed on the Cup.

Looking ahead

Jeff Cox reports on 2018 recruit Joel Farabee who is expected to be the first skater from New York to be selected in this month’s NHL Entry Draft. Farabee fit to be first  

The Draft Profile of 2018 recruit Jake Wise 

Two future Terriers will be playing this summer in the Chicago Pro Hockey League along with pros from the NHL, AHL and ECHL. 2019 recruit Vinnie Purpura is skating for Team Orange and Alex Vlasic will play for Team Blue.  Purpura, a goalie who was ranked at #23 among North American goalies for the upcoming draft by Central Scouting, played for USHL Omaha, while Vlasic, a defenseman, played for the NTDP U17s.

2020 recruit Donovan Sebrango has been invited to Canada’s national U17 development camp. Last season, the 6’0” left-shot defenseman scored 25 points for CIHA White Midget AAA as a teammate of fellow 2020 recruit Dylan Peterson.

Selects Academy forward Josh Lawrence, who had been a 2020 recruit, has decommitted and signed with St. John of the QMJHL, who had drafted him in the first round of the league draft.

2021 recruitsTyler Boucher and Jeremy Wilmer participated in last week’s Liberty Bell games.
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