Thursday, October 30, 2008

Midweek Linkorama

Senior Jason Lawrence's two-goal performance against Michigan earned him Hockey East RBK Player of the Week honors. He's the second Terrier to win the award in three weeks. Kevin Shattenkirk did so two weeks ago. Lawrence now has four goals, currently tops among conference players, while sophomore Nick Bonino is the points leader with eight.

The Terriers early-season success has translated to a #3 ranking in the two national polls. Meanwhile, the Boston Herald's John Connolly asks five questions to determine how good this edition of BU hockey can be.

Glad you stayed

Three of Hockey East's top talents, BU's Matt Gilroy and Colin Wilson, and New Hampshire forward James Van Riemsdyk all had the opportunity to move on the pro ranks but returned for another season college hockey. New England Hockey Journal examines each player's decision and reports that Wilson even discussed the choice with Van Riemsdyk, his linemate during their U.S. NTDP days. Also, Bruce Ciskie profiled Wilson for NHL Fanhouse.

Up, down and sideways
Pete MacArthur has been recalled from Fresno (ECHL) to Rockford, the Blackhawks AHL affiliate after scoring 4 points in his first 5 games. He’ll see a familiar figure in the opposing goal in his first AHL game—Manitoba’s Cory Schneider... Bryan Miller who began season with the Blue’s AHL club in Peoria, has returned to the ECHL Alaska Aces where he played last season and made the league all-star game...Dan McGoff, released by the ECHL Charlotte Checkers, has joined two other former Terriers, Matt Radoslovich and Chris Dyment, on the Trenton Devils. McGoff and Radoslovich faced off against Boomer Ewing and the Wheeling Nailers ( a top-five hockey team name) for a pair of games the teams split last weekend. Dyment is on the injured list.

Looking ahead
As noted earlier this week, American Hockey Report's Paul Shaheen observed the college hockey prospects in a USHL game between the Chicago Steel and Tri-City Storm, including future Terriers Max Nicastro and Sean Escobedo, both defensemen. His report:

Sean Escobedo '90 - Tri-City - D - 6-0/183:
Escobedo skated last season for the EJHL's New York Apple Corp side, for which the blueliner put up a very tidy 2-28-30 scoring line in 44 games. He had very good timing on this night, knowing when to slow down the play, but when to speed it up as well. He made two very nice rushes up the ice, forcing the opposition to respect his speed and back up at its blueline. He'll skate this year and next with Tri-City before suiting up for the Terriers come the fall of 2010.

Max Nicastro '90 - Chicago -D -6-2/195:
We still think the 1990 born Boston University recruit (and Detroit Red Wings prospect) isn't playing all that well, but we were FAR AND AWAY more impressed with the 6-3, 200 pounder's effort versus Tri-City than what we saw a few weeks ago versus Sioux City. He seemed much more involved, had more purpose, and scored a power play goal from the point and had an assist on another. On one occasion he made a very nice play out his own zone by stopping and pivoting away from an oncoming forward and making a strong outlet pass. We're just craving to see more.

Finally, a USCHO feature looks at NCAA coaches who are behind the bench of their alma mater. Four Hockey East Coaches, Jack Parker, Jerry York, Dick Umile and Tim Army, offer their thoughts.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Weekend roundup: Terriers power past Wolverines

The highlight of BU’s weekend was Saturday night’s emphatic 7-2 win over fourth-ranked Michigan before the largest crowd ever to attend a game at Agganis Arena, 6400+. For details, see the recaps at BU, Boston Globe, Daily Free Press and USCHO. A link to free video highlights is here. Blog contributor Defkit pointed out that this was the Wolverines first game against BU in Boston since the 1990-91 NCAA quarterfinals when the Terriers swept the Maize & Blue, 4-1, and 8-1, at Walter Brown Arena.

The win was the second half of an alumni weekend doubleheader at Agganis that saw Brian Durocher’s streaking women’s team follow its 3-2 win over New Hampshire with an 8-1 thumping of Maine, led by Lauren Cherewyk's hattrick.

Among the hockey notable alums spotted at Agganis for the Michigan game were: legendary Terrier coach Jack Kelley, All-American center and scoring star of the 1971 and 1972 national championship team John Danby, Olympic gold medalist Mike Eruzione, former Terrier captain and former Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan, and a trio of defensemen Pat Aufiero, Ryan Monaghan and Kevin Kielt. Bobby Orr watched from the Bavis Box.

We see another nice report on freshman blueliner David Warsofsky on a St.Louis Blues fan blog.

The current edition of the Terriers boast five NHL-drafted defensemen plus undrafted, two-time All-American Matt Gilroy. The future of the blue looks solid, too. On Friday, our friend Paul Shaheen of The Amateur Hockey Report attend a USHL game featuring 2009 recruit Max Nicastro (Chicago Steel) and 2010 recruit Sean Escobedo (Tri-City Storm) and came away impressed by both. Nicastro, currently tied for the league scoring league among d-men, had a goal and an assist to pace the Steel’s 4-2 win . Steel also won Saturday’s rematch, 5-4, in which Escobeda picked up a pair of assists. We’ll post some excerpts of Shaheen’s report later this week.

Ex-Terrier Keith Tkachuk, who leads the NHL in goals with eight in eight games, is now seven points away from the 1,000 milestone for his career.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Thursday Linkorama

2009 recruit Max Nicastro was named to the team USA roster for the World Junior A Challenge next month in Alberta. Nicastro, who is in his second season with the Chicago Steel, was a third-round draft choice of the Red Wings last June. The right-shot blueliner from California is still growing, now listed at 6-3, 193 on the Team USA roster.

The NHL announced its players-to-watch list for the 2009 draft. Defenseman Sean Escobedo received a B rating and forward Wade Megan earned a C. With BU in need of 4-5 forwards for the 2009 class, some of the uncommitted names on the list are likely among the Terriers’ recruiting targets.

Milestones for Women’s team
Earlier this week, Coach Brian Durocher’s women’s team found itself ranked for the first time in the program’s four years—checking in at 10th in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll. Tonight, there was more cause to celebrate as the Lady Terriers upset powerhouse New Hampshire, ranked 4th, for the first time in eleven tries, 3-2. Sophmore Lauren Cherewyk scored the game-winner, her second goal of the game.

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.

BU-UNH Recaps

The Terriers absorbed their first loss of the season, 2-1, to New Hampshire on Sunday, in a penalty filled game. BU outshot the Wildcats, 32-24, but only beat goalie Brian Foster once. Freshman netminder Grant Rollheiser yielded two power play goals, but impressed with his poise and quickness. Fellow first-year player Corey Trivino left the game in the first period after tweaking a knee, but the injury reportedly is not serious. Recaps: BU athletics Web site, USCHO, and Boston Globe.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Gameday: BU-UNH

The fifth-ranked Terriers take on sixth-ranked New Hampshire at the Whitt in a 5:00 p.m. start today. Links to game notes and to listen or watch online are here. The game also is being broadcast nationally on ESPNU. There also will be a live blog during the game at the BU athletics Web site. Freshman Grant Rollheiser will start in goal.

We have several recaps of Friday night’s 5-2 Terrier win against Merrimack: BU, Boston Globe and USCHO. Senior right wing Brandon Yip (photo) scored twice, one a shorthander, and freshman netminder Kieran Millan registered his second win.

2009 recruit Max Nicastro scored a goal and an assist in the Chicago Steel’s 4-2 loss to Sioux Falls in USHL play. Nicastro has five points in five games.

The ECHL Fresno Falcons, a Chicago Blackhawks affiliate, began their season on a winning note with a decidedly Hockey East flavor. A goal by Pete MacArthur, BU’s leading scorer last season and #18 all-time scorer, gave the Falcons their first lead, which was extended by ex-UNH forward Mike Radja. Former UVM Catamount Joe Fallon was in goal for the 3-2 win.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Gameday Linkorama

USCHO’s Weekly Hockey East column and predictions come from Jim Connelly this week. He likes the Terriers in both its matchups—Merrimack and UNH. Hockey East Online’s weekly preview release is here.

The Daily Free Press preview article reveals that BU will follow the same goalie rotation as last week. Kieran Millan will start tonight against the Warriors and Grant Rollheiser (photo) will be in net at the Whit against the Wildcats.

Earlier in the week, The Daily Free Press’s annual hockey supplement offers several articles. Unfinished Business looks at the decisions by Colin Wilson and Matt Gilroy to put off the NHL for another season in Scarlet. Next Generation looks at the freshman class and Jack Parker's thoughts on what it takes to become “BU hockey players.”

DFP also previews the Women’s hockey team which knocked off #5 Mercyhurst in a milestone victory for Coach Brian Durocher’s program.

College Hockey News named BU its team of the week for the Terriers sweep in Ice Breaker tournament.

Finally, USCHO’s Dave Starman, covering the vicious and cowardly attack on Michigan defenseman Steve Kampfer, talked with Jack Parker about the similar event two years ago that seriously injured Terrier blueliner Kevin Schaeffer. Schaeffer is currently on the roster of the Ottawa Senators AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Looking back: Miller time in Peoria

Former All-Hockey East defenseman Bryan Miller, an ECHL all-star last season with the Alaska Aces, moved up to the Blues AHL affiliate Peoria Rivermen this season. He registered his first points, two assists, in a loss to Quad City. It was a “three dog night” with ex-Terriers Dan Spang and David VanderGulik in the QC lineup. Prior to joining the Rivermen, Miller was interviewed by USA Hockey magazine.

Where are they now? Catching up with last year’s seniors.

Yes, you can go home. Boomer Ewing, who signed with the Penguins organization, was assigned to the Nailers in Wheeling, W.V., where Ewing grew up before relocating to Plymouth, Mass. Fellow 2008 graduate Pete MacArthur also begins the year in the ECHL with the Fresno Falcons, joining his junior teammate and college rival Mike Radja.

Brian McGuirk, skating for the AHL Syracuse Crunch, scored the first goal in his first game this season, while. a fourth member of last year’s Terriers, Ryan Weston, is playing in Albany for the River Rats.

Countdown to 1,000

Former BU standout Keith Tkachuk is closing in on an NHL career milestone. Now in his 17th pro season, the power forward,who played on BU’s 1991 national finalist team, is just 12 points shy of 1,000 career points. Tkachuk will become the fourth American-born player to achieve that mark.

Slapshot comes to Belfast

1995 team MVP Steve Thornton, the new player-coach of the Coors Belfast Giants, played the role of Reggie Dunlop in an altercation with archrival Coventry, earning a four-game suspension. Thornton’s club is in first place in the British Elite League.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Perfection: the 1968-69 freshman hockey team


The letter was dated February 21, 1968. I had been accepted to Boston University to begin studies in September of that year. I couldn't wait to share my good fortune with members of the freshman hockey team and their coach, Bob Crocker. While arrival was seven months away, I made certain that he knew of my interest in being a team manager.

Some time in August, I journeyed to the athletic department to meet with Coach and get the team roster for the upcoming year. Unlike today with the Internet where everyone knows the full lives and exploits of the incoming recruits long before they arrive, I knew of only three of the players: Don "Toot" Cahoon, the legendary Marblehead High School All-Scholastic, Paul Giandomenico from Walpole, and a goalie, Tim Regan from Providence Rhode Island whom I had met at the season ending hockey banquet at Valle's Steak House, not far from my home. Armed with a roster and some background, I couldn't wait for the orientation process to begin.

In early September, I went to the West Campus dorms to hang out. I ran in to Mickey Gray, a senior hockey player, and we exchanged pleasantries. Shortly thereafter, a tall fellow came in wearing a Chatham Maroons hockey blazer. I introduced myself to Bob Gryp, barely giving him time to get his bearings. Then, we were joined by Guy Burrowes. There was a dry spell and so I invited them back to my home for hamburgers and we spent some time there before returning. During the next two days, players kept arriving. Coach Crocker had a team meeting where received red windbreakers with what purported to be a skating Terrier. It looked more like some sort of wildcat, but, nonetheless, it identified all of us as part of the program. During the orientation period, it was not unusual to see a wave of red coming and going up and down the campus. In addition we had street hockey games in the area between the dorm and the athletic offices, but those ended after some flower beds were trampled. Still, you could see this group was going to be special.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Ice Breaker Champs

The Terriers were perfect hosts of the Ice Breaker tournament, except on the ice where they played thorough and largely dominant hockey at both ends en route to the tournament title. Last night, BU finally solved mighty mite goalie Jeff Lerg for two second period goals for a 2-1 win over Michigan State; the score wasn’t indicative of the Terriers’ strong play.

Three Terrier sophomores earned tournament honors. Kevin Shattenkirk, who scored his second goal in two nights, and Nick Bonino were named to the all-tourney team and Colin Wilson picked up the MVP award.

We have game recaps from the BU Web site, USCHO and The Boston Globe, which quoted co-captain Matt Gilroy about the performances of BU’s two first-year goalies from Western Canada, Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser:

"The two showed that they can certainly play goalie and that helps us out a lot on defense," said Gilroy. "We're blocking shots but they can make those saves and make the next one, it helps us out so much. They made some big saves. Grant made a big glove save and Kieran had a ridiculous glove save [Friday]. That's the stuff that gets a team going. The whole bench lifts up from that stuff."
Inside Hockey provided an in-game blog and notes on the the tournament's second day.

Odds ‘n ends

-The Terriers’ win gave BU it’s second Ice Breaker title. The Terriers won it in 2002, tying Northern Michigan (led by current MSU coach Rick Comley) and beating RPI. The victory also avenged a 3-1 loss to the Spartans in the 1997 Ice Breaker and moved BU ahead in the all-times series with MSU, 8-7.

-Rogers Sports TV from Toronto sent a crew to Agganis Arena to cover the first NCAA start of Rollheiser, the Maple Leafs sixth round draft choice this past June.

-Between the first and second periods, ex-NHL star John Cullen was honored as the Terriers all-time scoring leader (241 points) with a banner that was raised to the Agganis Arena rafters. Both Terrier Head Coach Jack Parker and Cullen addressed the crowd.

-Two teams on BU’s schedule, Vermont and RPI, met on neutral ice last night in Quebec City, with the Catamounts winning 4-1.

-2009 recruit defenseman Max Nicastro scored three assists in the Chicago Steel’s 7-6 loss to Green Bay (USHL).

-In NHL play, Keith Tkachuk scored his third goal in two games, but the Blue lost to the Islanders who were without injured all-star goalie Rick DiPietro but have Freddy Meyer on defense. Meyer delivered on of his patented open-ice hip checks to send a Blue head over heels.

Dan Lacouture scored a goal for Carolina in his first game back in the NHL.

“Phantom assist”? Former LSSU forward Brian Rolston, now with N.J., describing his contribution to a teammate’s shot that was deflected past him for a Devils’ goal: “It went through my aura.”


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Opening night review: A 4-star effort

BU’s solid 5-1 win over North Dakota in the first round of the Ice Breaker tournament put smiles on the faces of Terrier players and fans alike, giving rise to cautious optimism that slow starts by BU squads are a trend that will be reversed. Led by sophomore centers Nick Bonino (2g, 1a) and Colin Wilson (1g, 1a) freshman goalie Kieran Millan (22 saves, photo), and junior blueliner Brian Strait, BU never trailed. Along with the official BU recap and boxscore, there’s game coverage from USCHO’s Scott Weighart and the Boston Globe.

Blog contributor Cdral reports that, prior to the opening faceoff with both teams lined up at their respective bluelines, there was a somber remembrance for the four members of the Terrier family who passed away during the summer and early fall. Meryl Herman, Jack Falla, Earle Leeder, and former goaltender Scott Cashman were remembered. Their pictures were displayed on the scoreboard while p.a. announcer Jim Prior recalled their contribution. It was a fitting tribute to four valued members of the BU hockey family, who were loyal to the program and left lasting impressions on all of us.

The Terriers will wear an “SC” patch on the left shoulder of their sweaters (see Mlilan photo) this season to honor Cashman. Bernie Corbett’s historical chronicle of Boston University Hockey includes a photo of Cashman accepting the Eberly Award as the outstanding goalie in the Beanpot. The caption notes that when Cashman attended the 1989 Beanpot on his recruiting trip, he said “I can win this thing.” Cashman, fron Kanata, Ontario, sure did, becoming the only player to win the Eberly Award three times. BU won the tournament three times during Cashman’s career.

John Cullen, the Terriers’ all-time scoring leader with 241 points, will be honored before tonight’s BU-Michigan State championship game with a banner recognizing his achievements. A four-season team scoring leader and three-time MVP, Cullen’s BU career brought a long list of honors including induction into the BU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1995. The Puslinch, Ontario, native went on to a 10-year NHL career, putting up 550 points. He was one of dozens of former Terrier captains to participate in the dedication of Agganis Arena on Jan. 3, 2005.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Gameday Linkorama

It’s Gameday finally and not an exhibition. The ninth-ranked Terriers open the 2008-09 campaign hosting the Ice Breaker tournament and taking on fifth-ranked North Dakota tonight and 11th-ranked Michigan State tomorrow evening. The fourth team in the event is Don Cahoon's UMass Minutemen. There’s much ground to cover, information-wise, so we’ll deliver a bushel of links with all the information you'll need.

BU has announced a special men’s hockey only All-Access Webcast package of 20 games—including all four Ice Breaker matches—for $39.95. All home games, except those on the NESN schedule, are part of the package. Details and sign-up links are here. All-Access also can be accessed from the BU athletics homepage. There are a number of free Webcasts archived including last week's exhibition win over New Brunswick and an interview with Jack Parker. Terrier games can also be heard on WZZN-AM and on the Internet with Bernie Corbett and Tom Ryan back once again to handle the broadcasts.

There are a number tournament previews, including analysis from College Hockey News and New England Hockey Journal. For a close-up look at the Terriers, check out BU’s own preview article , one from ESPN that focuses on at the Terriers’ new goalies, Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser, and a third from College Hockey News.

The Boston Globe’s Hockey East preview also begins with the Terriers’ choice in goal and Dave Hendrickson and Jim Connelly crafted USCHO’s annual Hockey East preview with a look at each team. USCHO also has other league previews so you can read about the squads that the Sioux and Spartans are bringing to Boston. Two more previews: UND , MSU.

North Dakota game notes are here. The Sioux will be without one well-regarded freshman, David Toews, an Islanders draft choice who is injured.

Inside College Hockey once again has ranked the recruit classes and rates the Terriers ten-man class third after BC and Minnesota and just ahead of North Dakota, Michigan State and Michigan—three of BU’s first five opponents. In the individual rankings, Corey Trivino at #4 is the highest ranked Hockey East rookie forward, followed by #5 UND’s Jason Gregoire. The two freshmen attended Islanders development camp this summer along with Toews. David Warsofsky was the #2 ranked rookie blueliner and Grant Rollheiser checked in at #9 among goalies.

INCH also named preseason All-Americans, selecting Colin Wilson for the second team, and a Matt Gilroy for the third team. Warsofsky was picked for the All-Rookie team. Meanwhile College Hockey News offers “Things to Watch 2008-09" with the Terriers named as a team to watch.

Inside Hockey’s contributions to college hockey’s opening weekend include a look at the best game venues. Agganis Arena is rated #4. The Web site also has league previews.

And finally, a bit of alumni news, Peter MacArthur was assigned to the ECHL Fresno Falcons to begin the season. Dan Lacouture returns to the NHL, earning a spot on Carolina and bring the number of ex-Terriers in the NHL to ten. Chris Bourque was the final forward cut by the Washington Caps, so he should return at some time this season. Look for John Curry to make an NHL appearance this season, too.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

C'mon.....lucky seven!

Celebrities for Charity Foundation is staging a Casino Cruise in Boston on Thursday, October 9, 2008 to benefit the Travis Roy Foundation. The Horizon's Edge Casino Cruise boat departs promptly at 6:30 p.m.(5:30 loading) from 76 Marine Blvd., Lynn, Mass. (just off the Lynnway, Rt. 1A). The evening will feature dinner, auctions, and Las Vegas style cash gaming, including a Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament. To RSVP or more details, call 978-749-6700.

Travis Roy, a standout forward from Tabor Academy, was injured on the first shift of his freshman year in October 1995. He has remained paralyzed with minimal utility of one arm. Over the past 13 years, he has been a leading advocate and fundraiser for those with spinal cord injuries as well as a motivational speaker.

Celebrities for Charity is charitable fundraising foundation launched by former Terrier goalie Cleon Daskalis, founder of Celebrity Marketing. As a senior in 1983-84, Daskalakis earned honors as First Team All-America, First Team All-New England, ECAC Player of the Year, New England Player of the Year, and BU MVP, along with the Walter Brown Award as the top American-born collegiate player in New England.

Monday, October 06, 2008

Terriers exhibit skilled frosh in 4-1 win

BU's highly regarded freshman class made its presence felt in today's 4-1 exhibition win over a hard-fighting Univ. of New Brunswick team. Chris Connelly and Corey Trivino--on a sniper's goal from the bottom of the circle--provided the first two scores.Vinny Saponari (photo) assisted on Trivino's power play goals and then either scored or assisted on a third first-period, depending on which boxscore you read. USCHO has co-captain John McCarthy finding the back of the net. The BU and Hockey East accounts contend it was Saponari. [Edit: Saponari gets the goal; McCarthy had two asssists]

Eric Gryba's new partner, David Warsofsky showed why he's projected as one of the conferences best newcomers with slick passing and puck carrying and power play creativity.

But the freshman most fans were anxious to see were goalies Kieran Millan and Grant Rollheiser, who each played half the game in net. Millan started and stopped eight of nine shots (only yielding a deflected 5-on-3 goal) while showing good postioning and puck-moving skills. Thanks to several Terrier penalities, Rollheiser faced more pressure from UNB, but turned away all 15 shots faced displaying a fast glove and side-to-side quickness. If either goalie was nervous, it didn't show. Daily Free Press coverage. A start for each in the IceBreaker next weekend would not be a surprise. Despite yielding a single power play goal, BU, playing one day after official practice begam, struggled at times in the defensive zone

College Hockey News announced its preseason all CHN teams. . Co-captain Matt Gilroy was selected for the second team, while Colin Wilson was named a “player to watch” (both Nick Bonino and Kevin Shattenkirk could easily have been designated as well.

Team and league previews are cropping up everywhere. INCH has previews posted for WCHA, CCHA, ECAC, CHA and Atlantic Hockey teams (including numerous Terrier opponents). A Hockey East preview can be expected this week.

Always a good read, the takes a preseason look at Hockey East—both men’s and women’s teams. BU’s women split a season-opening pair, beating Union and losing a tough one to RPI.,

Former Terrier captain, All-American and Hobey Baker Winner Chris Drury was named as only the second U.S-born captain in the team’s history, as the Blueshirts began their season with a pair of games in Prague. Always the consummate team player, Drury accepted a switch from center to wing no qualms.

Chris Bourque’s six points in six preseason games (3+3) have kept him in the mix to join Tom Poti on the Caps’ roster.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Scott Cashman, 1969-2008

For the fourth time in just two months, the Terrier hockey family has suffered a tragic loss. This time a former player, Scott Cashman, just 39 years old, died suddenly on Monday. His funeral will take plaece Friday in his hometown, Kanata, Ontario. The Ottawa Citizen traced his college and professional careers.

A four-year starter in goal, Cashman's career at BU (1989-1993) coincided with the program's return to the national prominence after two down seasons. Cashman, whose name is all over the Terrier goalie record book pages, played in 39 games as a freshman, second most ever in a season, as BU reached the Frozen Four, while being named Hockey East Rookie-of-the-Year. The Terriers reached the NCAA title game in two of the next three seasons.

Cashman was part of three Beanpot championship teams. and is the only goalie to win that event's Eberly Award (for highest save percentage) three times. In 2005, he was inducted into the Beanpot Hall of Fame.

Cashman ranks is third in both career minutes in goal and games played for BU, behind Sean Fields and John Curry, and second in career wins with 60, two behind Fields and one ahead of Curry.

The Guestbook for Scott Cashman is here.

Media Day and More

Hockey East Media Day was held Monday, highlighted by the annual preseason coaches’ poll. The Terriers, picked second behind defending champion BC, earned three first-place votes. Third-ranked New Hampshire received the other first-place vote. The full poll with first place votes in parens:

1. Boston College (6) 86
2. Boston University (3) 80
3. New Hampshire (1) 78
4. Northeastern 62
5. Vermont 58
6. Massachusetts 48
7. UMass Lowell 46
8. Providence 34
9. Maine 28
10. Merrimack 20

Terrier Head Coach Jack Parker and the other coaches offered thoughts on the upcoming season and the 25th anniversary of Hockey East. Said Parker:
We have the capabilities to be a very strong team, but it will only be if we act as a team. If we are a bunch of individuals, which sometimes crept up last year, we’ll never get to where we need to be. Our objective is to become a team - as soon as possible. Our captains have already been helping us do just that.

In goal, the position is wide open with a sophomore with just two games under his belt and two incoming freshmen. Despite being young, the three of them all have a good deal of maturity. There is skill there and there is competitiveness there and it will be interesting to see who evolves - or how many evolve - as our goaltenders of record. (more)
Also announced were the composite Hockey East television schedule which includes 14 BU game telecasts during the regular season and a season-long fan poll to recognize the leagues top players, teams, coaches and moments during the previous 24 seasons.


Our colleague at The Western Hockey Blog, Chris Dilks, has begun a series of previews of the WCHA teams. BU will open its season against North Dakota, second ranked in the WCHA coaches poll, and could face the third-ranked University of Denver in the early January Denver Cup. The Western Blog also has posted both the WCHA and CCHA coaches’ polls.

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