Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Buddy System

Several of the post-draft interview reveal that incoming freshmen defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen not only will be teammates at BU and potential pro teammates in Colorado, but they already have a considerable history together on ice, even before being members of the 2005-06 NTDP U17s.

In an NHL.com feature, Cohen explained "Rooming together, playing together, friends since we were 10. This summer, we head there [BU] July 1 and we're going to be staying together this summer."

He also explained that he grew up a Flyers fan, but he's an Avs fan now. "If there was one team in the NHL I could have picked to play for it's the Colorado Avalanche," he said. "I have a lot of family out there and growing up I really liked the Avalanche. Joe Sakic is one of my favorite players."

Shattenkirk and Cohen also were teammates in 2004 and 2005 on the '89 East Coast Selects, coached by Travis Howe, Gordie's grandson. ECS is one of the top summer/spring tournament programs, competing in events such as the Prospects Tournament in Toronto and the Mission Cup. The '89 club was an exceptional one that included three other 2007 first rounders, Sam Gagner, Logan Couture and Nick Petrecki, as well as future college players Michael Biega (Harvard), Ryan Smith (BC), Ben Rosen (Brown) and Jack Downing (Vermont). Two other future Terriers, Corey Trivino (2008) and Ethan Werek (2009) have also suited up for ECS.

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