Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Movin' On Up

A former Terrier defenseman whose professional career was cut short by injury is moving up quickly on the management side of the game. Jeff Kealty, whom the Quebec Nordiques made their first round draft choice in 1994 out of Catholic Memorial High School, played four years for Jack Parker, including the 1994-95 NCAA championship season. He blossomed on the BU blueline as a senior, then had a solid first pro season with Milwaukee (IHL; as a teammate of ex-Terrier Doug Friedman), but concussions forced his retirement during his second year.

Kealty became a Nashville Predators scout in 2001 and last week was promoted to chief amateur scout. He works closely with another ex-BU player, Paul Fenton, the Preds’ assistant general manager who played nine NHL seasons—scoring exactly 100 goals—and whose son P.J. plays for Don Cahoon at UMass. “Experienced” fans will remember Nashville General Manager Dave Poile as a standout forward on Northeastern squads in the late 60s and early 70s and a member of the Huskies’ Hall of Fame. More details on Kealty are provided in a New England Hockey Journal article by Matt Kalman.

Former Terrier captain Mark Mullen was named assistant coach for the USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders. His best season at BU was 2002-2003 when he scored 27 points and was named Hockey East's Best Defensive Forward. Mullen played a season of ECHL hockey and coached high school in Andover, Mass., for two years since leaving BU.

We previously reported that incoming freshman netminder Adam Kraus was in the Dallas Stars development camp. He’s mentioned in this Dallas News article while a Stars message board relates some ups and down for the Texas native who hopes to benefit from facing high-caliber shooters when he competes for the vacant goaltending job at BU this fall.

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