Thursday, May 31, 2007
Tuesday, May 29, 2007
My decision came down to BU and Michigan and in the end, I just felt most comfortable at BU. I loved the coaches at BU and I loved the city of Boston. It was very nice getting the commitment out of the way early because it took a tremendous amount of stress off me during the season. One thing I really can't wait for is to play in the Beanpot. The tradition of BU and that tournament goes back a ways and I am looking forward to being a part of it.
Shattenkirk, whose brother plays wing for Princeton, is the second consecutive NTDP U18 captain to become a Terrier blueliner, following in the footsteps of Brian Strait. In December, his NDTP coach, Ron Rolston commented:
Kevin Shattenkirk is an extremely talented player, and he's our captain with the 89 birth year here at the National Team Development Program, which speaks volumes of his character. He has the potential to be an elite player at the college level, and he already an elite player with his age group right now, but he certainly has to continue to develop. He has to continue to mature, continue to get stronger and work on the weaknesses in his game, but he's a terrific offensive defenseman with a lot of skill that can be a difference-maker in hockey games
A news release officially announcing the men’s 2007 recruit class is expected to be issued shortly.
Over in the ECHL, Justin Maiser and the Dayton Bombers, head into game four of the Kelly Cup finals against the Idaho Steelheads, trailing two games to one. En route the finals, Maiser’s team eliminated Mike Pandolfo’s Trenton Titans and the Florida Everblades whose roster includes Brad Zancanaro and Chris Dyment.
Maiser is best remember by Terrier fans for his game winning goal in the 2002 Beanpot championship game as a freshman, and his hattrick in the 2003 Hockey East semifinal against BC, including the game-tying goal late in the third period and the game-winner in double-overtime.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Another highly-regarded prospect for the 2008 class, Ryan Grimshaw, has committed to Harvard. The NTDP U17 right-shot defenseman chose the Crimson over BU, Michigan, Cornell and RPI.
A non-binding agreement passed last month at the coaches' convention calls for two "dead periods" in the recruitintg process during which coaches have agreed not to actively recruit or attend tournament. We're in the midst of the first period (May 15-31) and the second takes place August 4-19. This will present problems for several summer tournaments including Hockey Night in Boston's Summer Major Showcase which runs from July 29 through August 15.
Friday, May 18, 2007
Marshall is profiled this month in a New England Hockey Journal article that called the 6-foot, 185-pound center/left wing “more playmaker than scorer at this stage of his development” and quotes NHL recruiting guru Kyle Woodlief as saying “He plays with a lot of passion.”
Marshall gained many teams’ attention when he jumped up to #39 in the Central Scouting midterm rankings of North American skaters. He dropped back to #63 in the final rankings. One of the many online profiles of draft-eligible players provided this description of Marshall:
Matt Marshall plays a game based around character, energy and two-way awareness. An intense player with an excellent work ethic, Marshall may not be a huge centre but he plays a physical game, delivering a lot of hits and forechecking very hard. Very solid defensively, Marshall could become a perfect fourth line energy shut down centre. His offensive skills are not very impressive, but he is a very good skater and a hard working player who will drive to the net. Marshall had made a verbal commitment to Northeastern University, but he has decided to come back on his word and is looking at other options in Hockey East.
Marshall’s current teammate at Nobles and fellow South Shore resident Andrew Glass committed to BU in January. Glass is ranked #87 by CSB.
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
A new blog that features profiles of 2007 NHL draft eligible players, NHLdraftbuzz, has made 2007 recruit Nick Bonino one of its first subjects for review. The reports says:
BU recruit Nick Bonino is an enigma with subpar skating but superb offensive tools .. seems to always find his way onto score sheets .. is downright dangerous in the offensive zone and makes his presence known with a lethal release .. is a scary winger on the power play when he sets up at the hash marks .. owns a potent selection of shots and an impressive willingness to fire at any time ...
For the full report click here.
When Bonino arrives at BU for summer semester in July, we can be sure that Mike Boyle will put Bonino on a strength and conditioning regimen designed to improve his skating as he’s done for countless Terriers, such as Mike Pandolfo, and NHL players. Boyle's state of the art training facility at Agganis Arena includes a 50- yard sprint straightaway track.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
UMass head coach—and two-time NCAA champion as a Terrier—Don Cahoon points out “It’s a real problem that we all have to step up and address. They’ll start speaking to them at 12 or 13 years old. We think they’re misrepresenting themselves on selling the academic issue. Every kid that goes that route, they’re inundated with the hockey issue at the expense of the academic side of it.”
The Ontario Hockey League has produced a brochure that contends it offers players the best combination of hockey and academics.
A post in the Western College Hockey blog, however, pokes holes in the OHL’s academic argument and reveals the details of the WHL and QMJHL academic allowances, as well. The post points out that:
In the OHL, they have a tiered benefit system. First round draft picks get their tuition, books, and board covered. Second through fifth round picks get tuition and books, and everybody else only gets tuition covered. The OHL also caps expenses at $15,000 per year.
We’ll follow the AHCA’s efforts are they evolve and report on them.
Friday, May 11, 2007
When the Stanley Cup playoff conference finals began a few weeks back, four Terriers were still in contention to put their names on the silver cup. But the season has ended for New Jersey's Jay Pandolfo and San Jose's Mike Grier, and, as conference final play begins, that number has shriveled to just two. One, of course, is Chris Drury, whose heroics helped Buffalo eliminate the Devils. A Rochester Democrat & Chronicle feature looks at Drury through the eyes of former Terrier Assistant Coach and current Lowell Head Coach Blaise MacDonald. (Note what is either a typo or factual error). Meanwhile, a psychology professor uses Drury to validate his research about the factors that enable some athletes to thrive in pressure situations. Chris, who exemplifies the adage "success breeds success," sees these situations as challenges, not threats, according to the USA Today article.
The other remaining former Scarlet skater is the low-profile Joe DiPenta, now in his second full season with the Ducks (so glad they jettisoned “Mighty”). Scott Niedemeyer and Chris Pronger are the big names on the Anaheim blueline, but DiPenta provides defensive-minded stability according to a New England Hockey Journal feature.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
Werek, who was the leading scorer at the OHL Cup in April and bumped up his draft status as one of the top five forwards, was on Kingston's radar for quite some time, according to Frontenacs general manager Larry Mavety.
Werek was ranked second behind No. 1 pick Ryan O'Reilly,
who went to the Erie Otters, in key categories such as hardest worker
and smartest player. He was considered by scouts as a player with
"a work ethic and anticipation second to none" in the draft.
Zeev Werek said striking the proper balance between school and hockey was the family's primary focus in choosing the school.
He said his wife, who teaches English and law enforcement at Seneca College in Toronto, is determined their son get a quality education. "Education plays a big part of her life and of our family life. The unfortunate thing about minor hockey is that you can't take your full courses ... she wants school to be [No. 1] and hockey to be No. 2."
Werek said he was impressed by Boston University's academic reputation as well as the school's athletics program.
"The hockey program is excellent. They're really strong on the physical side."
The camp will be led by Bennett’s former NTDP coach, and former Terrier, John Hynes. The six other goalies invited are Joe Palmer (Ohio State), Billy Sauer (Michigan) Brad Phillips (U18s), Josh Unice (U18s), and Neil Conway and Thomas McCollum, both of the OHL.
Bennett made one start for BU last season, recording a 2-1 win over Merrimack.
Monday, May 07, 2007
Several other Terrier recruits may be skating at the same event. Team New England, whose roster has yet to be posted, sent invites to Nick Bonino, Andrew Glass and David Warsofsky, and we’re looking into a tip that newest recruit Ethan Werek will be there, too.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Werek’s line for the Marlies was 59-69-128 in 55 games. He also was the leading scorer during the recent OHL Showcase Tournament with 7 goals and 8 assists in 7 games.
Werek was the recipient of the Marlies organization’s Buck Houle Award, presented annually in recognition of outstanding on ice preformance, leadership and loyalty, in the Minor Bantam through Midget age groups. Previous winners include Rick Nash, Jason Spezza, Sam Gagner and John Taveras
Canadian Hockey News named him as one of top 13 91s eligible for the OHL draft. The OHL Draft Guide profile of Werek says he “is an offensive minded forward who has steadily improved his game since the start of the season. He has a very smooth, quick and efficient stride, has size and possesses very good puck skills. He reads and supports the play very effectively. He is always moving his feet and when he doesn’t have possession he pursues the puck relentlessly.”
Sports Net Canada’s assessment voices some concern about inconsistency: “Forward Ethan Werek /LC - Toronto Marlies. Yet another in this draft who looks like a world-beater one night and a nothing the next. Lanky forward can also play the wing. Wide skating base, and can take it hard to the net when he wants to. NCAA candidate who has been courted by Boston University.”
Friday, May 04, 2007
Blog reader slik4 brings to our attention a connection between the #20 ranked BU women’s lacrosse team (which beat UNH tonight to advance to the America East final) and college hockey. Freshman attacker Jenny Taft from Edina (Justin Maiser’s hometown) is the daughter of former University of Wisconsin defenseman John Taft, who played on NCAA champions in 1973 (Boston Garden) and 1977, and later in the NHL. Jenny was also an all conference hockey player in Edina.
Stop me if you've heard this before. Chris Drury scored a critical goal tonight in a Stanley Cup playoff game. Yes, for the umpteenth time, Captain Clutch came to his team's rescue. In game 5 of the Conference semifinals between Buffalo and the Rangers, Drury's scored with 7.7 seconds left in regulation to tie the game and keep the Sabres from falling behind in the series, 3-2. Instead, Buffalo won in overtime, 2-1, and can close out the Broadway Blues in game 6. For Drury, who has 14 career playoff GWGs--4 of them in overtime--, this was the first post-season game he's sent to overtime.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
At last Monday’s BU Annual Student Athlete Awards Reception, Curry added another pair of honors. He received the Mickey Cochrane Award as BU male athlete of the year and the prestigious E. Ray Speare Award for top male scholar-athlete. Curry earned a 3.5 GPA in the fall of 2006 to earn a spot on the Dean’s List and also boasts a 3.1 cumulative GPA.
Curry is the first hockey player to win the Speare Award since Shawn Ferrullo did so in 1997 and Jacques Joubert in 1995. Previously Terrier pucksters to win the award include Chris Matchett, Terry Meagher, Bill Burlington, Steve Stirling, Larry Davenport, Brian Gilmour, Don MacLeod and Paul Whelan.
Note: Yes, the photo above is from 2006 not 2007, but it certainly is a memorable one.
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
David VanderGulik played all 80 games this season for the Flames’ farm team, the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights, indicating his injuries are all behind him. Vandy finished fourth on the team scoring chart with a 16-27-43 line and his +27 was best on the Knights.
Carl Corazzini had another strong season for the Chcago’s Norfolk Admirals AHL club, scoring 28 goals and 27 assists and adding four more goals in six playoff games, which earned him a seven-game call-up to the BlackHawks.
Dale Dunbar, who played four seasons on the Terrier blueline in the early 1980s, is a high school coach in his hometown of Winthrop and also a scout and recruiter for The Bobby Orr Group. The Salem News suggests he’d make a good candidate for the vacant head coaching position at St. John’s Prep in Peabody (where current Terrier John McCarthy starred in hockey and football).
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.