Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Yip signs with Colorado

Brandon Yip is the latest member of the Terriers’ NCAA championship squad to move to the next level, signing an entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche. Yip, the Avs’ seventh round draft choice in 2004, will attend Colorado’s rookie camp and should have an opportunity to earn a spot on the club’s AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. Former Terrier associate head coach David Quinn is Lake Erie’s new head coach.

Following BU’s title run, The Daily Free Press looked back at Yip’s Terrier career, which began with his earning Hockey East Rookie of the year honors in 2006. He scored the dramatic game-winning overtime goal (video) against BC in the 2006 Hockey East championship game. Following an injury-riddled sophomore year and a disappointing junior season, Yip posted his best numbers as a senior (20-23-43) for a career total 108 points, and again scored the game-winner in the Hockey East championship game, this time the only goal in the 1-0 win vs. Lowell.

On an offensive powerhouse that boasted standout forwards Colin Wilson, Chris Higgins, Jason Lawrence and Nick Bonino, Yip was recognized by Coach Jack Parker as the team’s most consistent forward.

Joe Sacco, the new Avs head coach, talked with New England Hockey Journal’s Kirk Luedeke about his first NHL coaching position, his philosophy and those who influenced it. Sacco, who
scored 128 points in three seasons as a Terrier before embarking on a long NHL career, was Lake Erie’s head coach the past two years.

► BU 2010 recruit Charlie Coyle's strong performance at the Select 17 festival earned him a roster spot on the 2009 U.S. Under-18 Select Team that will compete at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial tournament from Aug. 11-15, in Piestany, Slovakia. The 6-2, 202 right wing from E.Weymouth, Mass., is playing for the Whalers in the Chowder Cup Tournament this week.

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