Tuesday, September 15, 2009

That Championship Season—A 30-minute rewind


Blog contributor Candycanes99 has prepared a comprehensive 2008-2009 Terrier hockey highlights DVD and will make copies available to the BU hockey community. THFB has previewed the DVD, which is very professionally produced with many clips from high-definition sources, as well as graphics and music tracks. (Photo credit: Paige Ozaroski, CHN)

Like Scott Weighart's soon-to-be-published book, Burn The Boats, the 30-minute DVD begins with the loss to Vermont that ended the 2007-08 season and tells the compelling story of BU's record-setting season. All together, it features highlights from 33 games. The first 15 minutes are devoted to the regular season, including nearly all home games plus wins at UMass, Lowell, BC, Denver, Northeastern and the Beanpot. The remaining 15 minutes thoroughly cover BU's nine post-season games from Hockey East quarter-finals through the national championship game and the victory celebration in Boston at Marsh Plaza.

For more information, contact BUhighlights@gmail.com .

Matt Gilroy made his first professional start tonight in the Rangers-Bruins exhibition game at Madison Square Garden. Wearing #97 and paired with Marc Staal, he played a solid defensive game and wasn't shy about jumping up into the offensive zone. No points in the Bruins' 2-1 win, but he impressed the TV game analysts.

The Rangers’s Web site reports that Gilroy has stood out in the early days of training camp:
Matt Gilroy, the 25 year-old first-year defenseman who won the Hobey Baker Award at Boston University last season, impressed the staff with his willingness to lead the rush up ice and create offensive opportunities. Although he did not score, Gilroy did whistle a shot past goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and off of the crossbar in the morning scrimmage.

“He played well,” said Tortorella. “He did some things we want him to do. He was up the ice and creating offense. We’ll see as we go from scrimmage games to exhibition games and the grind here as the camp really gets going, we’ll see where he sits.”

Gilroy is in a spirited battle with no fewer than a half dozen defensemen, ranging from youthful former first round picks Bobby Sanguinetti and Michael Del Zotto to NHL veteran Alexei Semenov -- who is in camp on a tryout basis -- for two or three spots on the backline.
►Also in the lineup for New York was its captain Chris Drury, whose strong relationship with Coach John Tortorella, a former Maine Black Bear, was examined on newyorkrangers.com

►A third ex-Terrier in the New York camp is Dan Lacouture, a free agent invitee who played in Carolina and Albany last season before finishing up in the Russian KHL.

►In Duluth, Georgia, today, Colin Wilson scored second professional goal in two days and added an assist in a Predators 3-0 rookie game win against the Thrashers. Yesterday, he scored his first goal in a 6-3 loss to Atlanta.

► After participating in Penguins rookie camp, Brian Strait skated with the veterans Sunday—before a crowd of 3,500. “It was a tough practice. You see the work ethic the NHL guys bring everyday and you just try to emulate that,” Strait said.

► The ECHL Charlotte Checkers have signed former BU winger Kenny Roche, who played for the Lausitzer Foxes in Germany last season. He joins his Terrier teammate Kevin Schaeffer who signed with the Checkers last week.


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2 comments:

carolyn said...

I am sorry to see that the championship banner will be raised before the regular season. Fans deserve better... I thought the 20th of October was the perfect date to celebrate!

Terrier Blogger said...

Carolyn,

You are among many who feel that way. BU explained some of the reasons for the switch in an announcement that is linked to the 9/17 blogpost.

The Daily Free Press pointed out that "The NCAA doesn’t allow regular-season games to start late because of ceremonies, so the move to an exhibition game means BU won’t have to worry about running behind schedule. It also means the ceremony won’t need to be worked around TV commercials, which it would be if NESN or ESPNU decides to pick up the Notre Dame game."

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