Friday, January 09, 2009


With holiday tournaments complete, Hockey East teams are focused on conference play. The Boston Globe’s Nancy Marrapese-Burrell looks at what’s ahead for each of the teams. INCH’s Jeff Howe offers up New Year’s resolutions for each league team. And in his weekly Hockey East column, USCHO’s Dave Hendrickson features comments from the coaches’ press conference on how they assess their clubs at the midpoint.

Jack Parker’s remarks [Text Audio] include his thoughts on a possible matchup with BC at Fenway Park sometime down the road. BU has played outdoor hockey numerous times in the distant past. Sixty-seven years ago yesterday, the Terriers upended UNH at an outdoor rink in Durham, as described on our THIS DATE IN TERRIER HOCKEY page.

Kevin Shattnekirk’s strong play in the World Junior tournament last week earned him a spot on The Hockey News’ “Hot List.”

Looking way ahead
Most college hockey games are played on the weekends, so that leaves plenty of time during the week for the hockey version of hot stove league---peering into the future. With the first pairwise rankings out, InsideHockey’s Tim Rosenthal took a shot at projecting the pairings for the four NCAA Regionals. His “bracketology” has the Terriers meeting Air Force Academy in the Northeast Regions to be played in Bridgeport.

The 2009 WJCs are barely in the rear view mirror, yet a few bloggers already have candidates for next year’s Team USA rosters in mind. Nathan Fournier of The World of Junior Hockey suggests defenseman David Warsofsky and incoming blueliner Max Nicastro, along with forward Vinny Saponari (photo), all merit strong consideration. Chris Dilks The Western College Hockey has both Terrier defensemen among his candidates.

The kids are okay
The Salem News reports that 1965-86 Terrier co-captain Peter Marshall’s daughter, Kellie, is a standout defenseman for The Pingree School and, like her father, the junior is also a captain.

We reported in the summer on Tom O’Regan Jr., son of the 1982-83 BU co-captain and former Pittsburgh Penguins Tom Regan. The younger O’Regan, who played midget hockey for the South Shore Dynamos in the fall, now is a junior at St. Sebastian’s, where he’s become an important offensive contributor to the Arrows, who are off to a 9-3 start.


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