Monday, August 18, 2008

Higgins shifts to wing?

Chris Higgins, a center for nearly all his 117 games as a Terrier, is likely to move to wing this season, due to BU’s depth at center, according to an Inside College Hockey profile of the senior from Lynnfield, Mass. INCH says Coach Jack Parker expects Higgins to be a force on offense this season and suggests 20 goals is a reasonable target. After centering the Terriers’ top line last season, Higgins may find himself on a new top line, playing the offwing with Colin Wilson and his freshman year linemate Brandon Yip. Recognizing the versatile Higgins’ strengths in all three zones, Parker added:

"The average fan notices how exciting and electrifying Chris is on offense, but the fans who understand the subtleties of the game recognize how solid and dependable he is defensively."
Nashville GM David Poile, assessing his top prospects, also points to versatility in sizing up Wilson, his first round draft choice in the 2008 NHL entry draft.

"He's a player that can play in all situations. He has good offensive
instincts and he's shown that. He's a guy that can play defensively and he's shown that. He has good size. He'll be a big, strong center, which is something we have been coveting."
With the Summer Olympics in full swing in Beijing, Sports Illustrated projects who will make the U.S. Olympic hockey team in 2010, including three Terriers: Rick DiPietro, Chris Drury and Ryan Whitney. You might think there’s a fourth on the list , but it’s the “other Chris Higgins.” For now, however, Whitney will be sidelined, recovering from surgery to repair a chronic left foot problem.

The Hockey News is doing a fan poll on college and pro team logos. You can add your vote for Rhett and also check out what Northeastern and Lowell skaters will be sporting this season.

Finally, forty years ago next month, a Terrier made Olympic history, but it was in track and field. David Hemery, a 400-meter hurdler for the U.K., continued a hot streak that began in conference and NCAA meets during his senior year by setting a world record of 48.12 seconds at the Oympics in Mexico CIty. Four year's later in Munich, he won a bronze medal in the same event and a silver in the 4x400-meter relay.

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