Thursday, January 15, 2009

Looking ahead: All-Stars

2009 recruits Alex Chiasson and Max Nicastro (photo) get an early chance to be teammates as both were named to the Eastern Division squad for the 2009 USHL Prospects/
All-Star Game, to be hosted by the Sioux Falls Stamepde on Wednesday, February 4, 2009. Chiasson was the only player to be selected from Des Moines. Former BU goalie Brett Bennett also was named to the Eastern Division team.

Earlier this season, Nicastro played for the winning Team USA in the World Junior A Challenge and scored a power play goal in the gold-medal game.

Justin Courtnall, also a 2009 recruit, played for the Interior Division team, which was thumped the Coastal Division, 12-5, in the BCHL All-Star game last night. Salmon Arm’s Conor Morrison, who scored twice for the Interior Division, is, according to several sources, on the recruiting radar of BU and Wisconsin, among others. Like Chiasson, he previously played for Northwood Prep and graduated from that school.

2011 recruit Charlie Coyle scored on a breakaway 59 seconds into overtime to give Thayer Academy a 1-0 upset win over Belmont Hill is New England prep action. Coyle, a cousin of ex-Terrier and NHL star Tony Amonte, was a standout in the 2008 Select 16 Festival, earning kudos from USHR: "Charlie Coyle (#18 Black/Thayer Academy) is the top finisher on the undefeated Black team, and is another who has made a big statement here."

Looking back

Former Terrier co-captain and current radio broadcast analyst Tom Ryan is featured in The Boston Globe today. This season, he’s returned to his high school alma mater, Newton North, as head hockey coach and aims to return the Tigers to the top level in Massachusetts schoolboy hockey.

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