Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Looking ahead

BU's first 2011 recruit has a strong connection to Terrier hockey. Charlie Coyle, a 6-1, 185 right wing who led Thayer Academy in scoring as a freshman, has verballed to BU following a visit to the campus last Saturday.

Coyle's cousin is ex-Terrier Tony Amonte, now an assistant at Thayer; so, like freshman David Warsofsky (whose godparents are former Terrier, NHLer and Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan's parents) he's probably been headed to BU since he learned to skate.

Last spring, Coyle was 4th overall in scoring at the Tier 1 U16 Nationals, leading the South Shore Dynamos to a 2nd place finish. Then, he was #5 scorer overall (5-2-7) at the National Select 16 Festival. USHR reported he'd made a "big statement" at that event. He's 16 now, but plays for the South Shore Dynamos U18 midget team this fall and is the leading scorer. Last week, he was selected by the USHL Indiana Ice in the third round of the USHL Futures Draft.

US Hockey Report: "This fall, he has continued to raise his stock. We saw him lead his midget team to a 4-3 win over a very tough Suffolk PAL team, potting a game-winner with 19 seconds left. "

Coyle was a repeat freshman at Thayer last year after a season playing for Weymouth High School. In Feb. 2007, Weymouth upset powerhouse Malden Catholic in the Mass Super 8 tournament with Coyle scoring a nifty game-winning goal that recalls Chris Higgins' highlight-reel goal vs. Harvard in the Beanpot. (video--goal is at 1:40, then repeated in slow motion). Weymouth reached the Super 8 title game.

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