Friday, January 15, 2010

Looking ahead and looking back

The Boston Hockey Blog reported on Wednesday's Terrier practice with an injury update and the coaches' choice to start in goal Friday night against Providence. Reporter Scott McLaughlin also spoke with Coach Jack Parker about the status of injured recruit Yasin Cisse and Sahir Gill (photo) who has made a midseason change of teams.

The Vernon Morning Star spoke with Gill about his move from the USHL Chicago Steel back to the BCHL Vernon Vipers, the team he played for in 2008-09 with current Terrier Ryan Santana. In his first game with Vernon, against the BCHL All-Stars, he picked up an assist.

The Boston Globe checked in with David Warsofsky on the Frozen Fenway game.

Looking back
Mike McMahon of the Eagle Tribune talk with John McCarthy about his first week in the NHL.

McCarthy's promtion to San Jose made him the fourth member of the 2008-09 squad (along with Matt Gilroy, Colin Wilson and Brandon Yip) to reach the NHL in their first pro season. But another BU Frozen Four team well exceeded that mark.

After beating Maine in overtime (video) for the 1991 Hockey East title, the Terriers blasted past Michigan and Clarkson in the NCAAs to set up a championship game match-up with Northern Michigan. In a game that ranks second only in drama to last April's title game, BU rallied from three goals down in the third period to tie the score at 7 apiece with 39 seconds left in regulation. But in the third overtime, NMU scored to deny BU the title.

Tony Amonte joined the New York Rangers, just days after the title game begining a long NHL career. His linemates, Shawn McEachern and Keith Tkachuk, and defenseman Scott Lachance all played for the U.S. Olympic team the next season, but all three turned pro and finished the season respectively with Pittsburgh, Winnipeg and the New York Islanders. Defenseman Peter Ahola spent nearly the entire 1991-92 season with the Los Angeles King. Forwards Dave Tomlinson and Ed Ronan were in the AHL much of that season, but each had brief NHL call-ups to Original Six clubs--Tomlinson to Toronto and Ronan to Montreal. All together, seven team members reached the NHL in 1991-92.

Four other members of the 1990-91 team also reached the NHL later in their careers for a total of 11: David Sacco (who tied the title game at 7) with Anaheim, Doug Friedman with Edmonton, Phil von Stefenelli with Boston and Ottawa, and Nick Vachon with the Islanders. Vachon, who also played professional roller hockey, went on to star in the hilarious sports spoof, Clark, The Canadian Hockey Goalie.

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