Monday, May 24, 2010

Durocher lands Olympic pair for women’s program

Terrier women’s hockey head coach Brian Durocher, who coached BU to its first Hockey East title last season, has scored a pair of recruiting coups, getting 2010 commitments from two members of the gold-medal winning Canadian Olympic hockey team, according to The Daily Free Press.

Eighteen year old Marie-Philip Poulin, at 18 the youngest member of her Olympic team, is a forward with high-end offensive skills, leading the Canadian media to call her the “Sidney Crosby of women’s hockey. She scored both goals in Canada’s gold-medal game win against Team USA and previously set the scoring record (31 points) for the Canadian U18 program. Poiulin has already performed on the Walter Brown Arena ice, skating with Dawson College in a 2008 exhibition game against BU.

The other Olympic recruit is defenseman Catherine Ward. Prior to last season, Ward played at McGill University for three seasons, earning CIS rookie of the year honors in 2006-07 and being named CIS First Team All-Canadian all three years. Ward will have one year of eligibility at BU.

Last winter, USCHO reported that UNH standout forward Jenn Wakefield was transferring to BU after spending last season training with the Canadian Olympic team. Wakefield was Hockey East’s Rookie of the Year in 2007-08 and a league all-star in her two seasons as a Wildcat, scoring 95 points. She also was a Patty Kazmaier Award finalist in 2008-09.

Durocher, co-captain of BU’s 19778 national champions, has been named as an assistant for the 2010 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team that will take part in the 2010 USA Hockey Women's National Festival prior to playing a three-game series against Canada in mid-August.

Looking back
This past Saturday night, 1994-95 Terrier captain Jacques Joubert was among the class of six inducted into the BU Athletics Hall of Fame. Joubert scored 29 goals for BU in his senior year, including one in the 6-2 win against Maine in the 1995 national championship game.

Former Terrier assistant coach Pertti Hasanen has launched Hasanen Power Wear, an innovative company committed to developing safe and functional weighted training gear. Last week, USA Hockey announced that Hasanen Power Wear will serve as its official weighted training gear sponsor and will provide sets of its training equipment to USA Hockey's National Team Development Program.

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