Sunday, September 28, 2008

Looking back, looking forward

Fourth-year pro Chris Bourque, trying to earn a spot on the Washington Caps, has been wielding a hot stick. He scored a goal and an assist against the Bruins in an exhibition game in Boston on Saturday. It was his second consecutive two-point effort in the preseason. Thursday, in the Caps 5-2 win over Carolina, Bourque earned first-star honors with a goal and an assist. In that game, ex-Terrier Dan Lacouture scored for the Hurricanes.

The Columbus Blue Jackets assigned Brian McGuirk to their Syracuse Crunch AHL affiliate.

Adrian Aucoin spent just one season as a Terrier before beginning a long NHL career. Aucoin was part of the freshman class (Steve Thornton, Mike Prendergast, Rich Brennan, Kaj Linna, Derek Herlofsky, J.P. McKersie) that won an NCAA title as seniors. Following standout years with the Canucks and Islanders and some down years in Chicago, Aucoin, who rebounded with Calgary last year, discussed the upcoming season with The Calgary Herald.

2009 recruit Max Nicastro, who's been putting up points in pre-season for the Chicago Steel, scored a pair of even-strength goals in the Steel's 4-1 win over Indiana in the USHL Festival yesterday. His victim: Brett Bennett. Nicastro, a third-round Redwings draft choice this past June, had 6-14-20 in his first USHL season

Friday brought the sad news of the death of screen icon, activist, philanthropist and auto racing enthusiast/team owner Paul Newman. Within his remarkable roster of movie credits, Newman’s portrayal of player-coach Reg Dunlop in “Slapshot” remains a favorite of hockey fans. In an April 2007 post, we reported that Terrier captain and All-American Steve Stirling was an extra in the film and Newman would often join the extras between takes for a game of shinny. In several of the obituaries, it was pointed out that Newman claimed his success came less from natural talent than from hard work, luck and the tenacity of a terrier.

Monday is Hockey East Media Day when the league coaches' poll will be announced. Also expected from BU this week are a season preview for the Terriers, a summary of the 10-man freshman class, a full television schedule and other news features. Hockey East has also announced a two-year television contract with ESNPU. This season's eight-game ESPNU schedule includes two BU games: Oct. 19 at UNH and Dec. 6 at Boston College.

While the men's team's exhibition game with University of New Brunswick is a week away, Brian Durocher's women's team won its exhibition game with Dawson today in overtime, 5-4. Recap.

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