Friday, September 05, 2008

Looking Back: Where are they now?

If you didn’t catch Fluto Shinzawa’s article in the Boston Globe this past Sunday about former Terrier All-American Mike Grier’s thirst for the Stanley Cup and recovery from off-season surgery, here's another chance to do so. Grier has been working out at WBA.

We have updates on a number of other former Terriers, beginning with Pete MacArthur, last season’s captain, leading scorer, All-New England and a second team All-American, who signed on with the Chicago BlackHawks AHL affiliate, the Rockford Icehogs. Mac, who finished his Terrier career with 147 points (18th all-time at BU), attended the BlackHawks development camp in July, leading to the AHL contract.

Eric Thomassian (photo) has joined the Ontario (CA) Reign, the L.A. King’s ECHL affiliate that relocated from Texas. Thomo, who scored 21 goals for the Deggendorf Fire in Germany, was referred to the Reign by Kevin Schaeffer, whom we reported earlier this summer had received a qualifying offer from the Reading Royals, another King’s affiliate. Schaeffer, who spent part of last season with the Providence Bruins, is awaiting a tryout offer from an AHL team.

Last winter we posted that Bryan Miller, playing for the ECHL Alaska Aces, had earned a spot in the league all-star game when a shoulder injury ended his season. Miller has recovered from surgery and re-upped with the Aces.

Matt Radoslovich is preparing for his second season with the ECHL Trenton Devils following a two-year stint with the Quad City Mallards. His Mallards teammate, the well-traveled Jason Tapp, will be stopping pucks for the IHL Kalamazoo Wings. Tapp spent last year with the Corpus Christi Rayz.

Ken Roche is headed across the pond to play for ES Weilbwasser in Germany. Roche spent most of the past season with the AHL Lake Erie Monsters, coached by Joe Sacco.

Gregg Johnson also will be in Europe this season.. He began last year with the AHL Bridgeport Sounders and finished in the DEL with the Frankfurt Lions, a rival of former Terrier captain and All-American Steve Stirling's Iserhorn Roosters.

Another former BU captain, Mark Mullen, is entering his second season as an assistant coach with the USHL Cedar Rapids Roughriders.
This past summer, Jack Baker and Brad Zancanaro (photo), a pair of tiny terrors in their Terrier days, coached a team of Massachusetts 14s that traveled to Sweden for an international competition. Zancanaro played for Florida (ECHL) last season. His twin brother Tony (ex-PC forward) is a teammate of Radoslovich on the Trenton Devils.

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