Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Lowell Lives, Shattenkirk Shines, Cavanaugh, ah,..Keynotes

College Hockey and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, in particular, dodged a bullet with the City of Lowell and the University reached a compromise on the fees for playing home games at Tsongas Arena. The one-year deal keeps the River Hawks program afloat for at least one more season. The Lowell Sun reported that "the one-year deal, would eliminate the university's annual $50,000 contribution to the arena, give UMass Lowell a bigger piece of food and beverage sales during its 17 home hockey games..." Tsongas Arena, which also is home to the AHL Lowell Devils, has a capacity of 6,496. Last season, the River Hawks, coached by former BU associate head coach Blaise MacDonald, averaged just under 3,000 in home game attendance.

Last weekend BU incoming freshmen Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen joined more than 100 other draft eligibles at the 2007 NHL Combine in Toronto for rigorous workouts and interviews with NHL scouting staffs. A report that this blogger received today indicates both Terrier recruits impressed at the Combine and could be taken in the first round. The Bruins, who have the eighth overall pick, took a hard look at Shattenkirk, who was the subject of an feature story just prior to the Combine. Included is a link to a 5-minute video of Shattenkirk in action for the NTDP U18s—notice his ability to fire one-timers—and a personal profile, complete with that “three people you'd like to dine with” question. Kevin’s choices: Achilles, Einstein and Michael Jordan.

Former Terrier center Dan Cavanaugh was the keynote speaker at last month’s McDonalds’ McScholar Athlete Awards event recognizing winners from Western Massachusetts. Cavanaugh, who spoke about the need to persevere to reach goals, played three seasons at BU, with a career-high 34 points in 1999-2000. In 2006-07, he spent his sixth pro season with the AHL Springfield Falcons, coached by former BU All-American and New York Islanders coach Steve Stirling.

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