Friday, September 25, 2009

Burns The Boats (the book) update

Scott Weighart’s account of the Terriers’ march to the NCAA title, Burn The Boats: A Seven-Championship Season for Boston University Hockey, has gone to the printer. The author reports he is hopeful that the book will be available at Agganis Arena for the Oct. 10 exhibition game with the U.S. NTDP U18s and the banner-raising ceremony.

The plan is for the books to be sold by the Friends of BU Hockey at a special table at Agganis Arena, similar to what was done with the "Starr of the Game" bracelets last season. Printed in a 6 x 9 format, the book is 240 pages including a 16-page photo spread featuring the photography of Dominick Reuter, Gil Talbot, and Josh Gibney. The book will sell for $17. For each copy sold at Agganis Arena, $7 will go directly to the BU hockey program--$1 for each of the team's seven championships last season. BU recently announced that all FOBUH donors at the "Terrier Club" level or higher ($300 or more) will receive a free copy of the book. A special website for mail orders will be set up soon with a link from We’ll post further details when available, along with an excerpt from the book.

In addition to chronicling the Terriers’ game-by-game performance, the book offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at life in the locker room as well as various "moments of truth" not previously known to the public. Weighart says he is very pleased with the final product and eager to get it into the hands of the players, coaches, and fans of the program.

► Terrier Captain Kevin Shattenkirk is ranked #27 in the new list of 50 top prospects.

► 2009 Hobey Baker winner Matt Gilroy has earned his first pro recognition. He’s been named recipient of the 2009 Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award for the Rangers' best rookie in training camp. Gilroy was back on the ice last night and during an interview between periods, he narrated a clip of the game-tying goal from the 2009 National Champions and talked about facing the Caps' Alexander Ovechkin.

Chris Higgins, in the Syracuse Crunch camp, knows that yesterday’s opponent is today’s teammate. Former Miami Red Hawk defenseman Kevin Roeder and Higgins are now wearing the same colors, and at the urging of the Syracuse Post-Standard, each of them reflected on the 2009 National Championship game from decidedly different points of view.

► Former Terrier and NHL standout Tony Amonte's induction into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame will be held in Boston on Dec. 1, 2009 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. Details & ticket information. Amonte video clip.

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