Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Curry shines in Pens rookie camp
John Curry's professional career is off to a strong start. During Penguins rookie camp, he made two starts in the just-completed Kitchener Rookie Tournament, earning a round robin game win against Florida and then backstopping Pittsburgh to a 5-1 victory over Ottawa in the championship game in which he turned away 20 of 21 shots. Next up for the 2007 All-American goalie is the Penguins' main training camp beginning Thursday.
Moving over to future Penguins, the Faceoff Factor blog posted a Q&A interview with BU sophomore blueliner Brian Strait, covering his goals for himself and the Terriers this season, his NHL role model and his weight room exploits at Pens development camp. Besides his visit to Pittsbrugh, Strait's summer included U.S. Junior National Team evaluation camp and attending the NTDP program 10 year anniversary event with fellow sophomore Luke Popko.
The enhanced and CSTV-hosted new BU athletics Web site is up and running with improved graphics, new features and more video and podcasts. A video review of last season includes, among others, one of Tom Morrow's two career goals at BU.
Fluto Shinzawa's recent Hockey Notes column in the Boston Globe looks at Chris Drury's move to the Rangers. Beat writers know that the former Hobey Baker Award winner and BU All-American, while one of the NHL's iconic clutch performers, is no Broadway Joe when microphones and notepads come out in the locker room. Drury dislikes talking about himself as much as he likes scoring playoff goals. Former Terrier netminder Jason Tapp has signed on with the CHL Corpus Christi Rayz for his sixth pro season.Tapp spent the past two years with the now-defunct UHL Quad City Mallards.
Thanks to the blog reader who provided a link to video of 2008 recruit David Warsofsky scoring a goal last season for Cushing Academy. USHR's Prep Defenseman of the Year in 2006-07, Warsofsky will spend his senior year quarterbacking powerplays for Coach John Hynes' NTDP U18 team in Ann Arbor.
Fellow 2008 recruit Corey Trivino continues his stong preseason play for OPJHL Stouffville helping the Spirit win the Vaughan Vipers tournament by scoring the overtime game-winner in the semi-final and adding a goal and an assist in the championshp game win.
Salisbury Prep goalie Luke Montoni is the nephew of former BU standout Mike Hyndman, who still ranks tenth on the all-time Terriers points list. After two years as a high-scoring forward, Hyndman was moved to defense in his senior season and earned 1969-70 All-American honors. Hentoni put up good number this summer in USA Hockey's Select 15 tournament.
ESPN's Terry Frei looks at the range of options now available to talented you American hockey players and mentions Kevin Shattenkirk, Ryan Whitney and Rick DiPietro, among graduates of the NTDP program.