Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Je me souviens

Je me souviens, the official motto of Quebec, means "I remember." Perhaps BU's coaches remember the contributions of Quebecois such as John Bethel and Bob Boileau--members of the 1978 national championship team--and going further back blueliner Mike LaGarde, All-American Mike Hyndman and "Pinball Line" sniper Serge Boily, because they're looking again to the Eastern Canadian provinces for recruits.

USHR reports that BU is "very bullish" on 5’10½”, 157 lb. right-shot center Louis Leblanc of the Lac St-Louis Lions of the Quebec Midget AAA league who is ranked #2 overall in the upcoming QJMHL draft. Expected to play for former Terrier Dan Donato at Salisbury next season, he has already received offers from Vermont and Clarkson for 2009. BC also has interest in Leblanc, who is described as a "dynamic forward with speed, competitiveness, hands, and an edge to his game." In 40 games regular season games, he had a 31-18-49 line and added 14-7-21 in 22 playoff games.

BU also will contend for the #3 ranked player in the Q draft, Steven Anthony, a 6'2", 190, left shot power forward for the Dartmouth Subways of the Nova Scotia Midget League, who rang up 31-33-64 in 35 regular season games. Anthony played for Holderness in 2004-05 and returns to the prep ranks next year at Lawrence Academy. He made an unofficial visit to BU last month when he toured Lawrence.Competition for the highly regarded native of Halifax, N.S., should include BC, UNH, Maine and Vermont. Anthony, who played for the 2007 Nova Scotia U17 team in the Canada Games, is likely a 2009 recruit, but could accelerate for 2008.

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