Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Five minutes with Warsofsky

Coach Jack Parker is looking for an All-American-caliber season from David Warsofsky, whom he calls "one of the best players in college hockey." The Terrier assistant captain and junior defenseman talks about his own expectations, biggest hockey thrills and life as a student-athlete in this week's edition of HockeyEastOnline's Five Minute Major:

►The season has been underway for two weeks, but we have one more Terrier hockey preview, this one from College Hockey News.

►, previewing potential top choices for next June's entry draft, talked with freshman Adam Clendening who explains what areas of his game he's looking to improve and his decision to play college hockey rather than Major Junior. In its October ranking of draft prospects, International Scouting Services has Clendening at #17 and fellow freshman Matt Nieto at #22.

► Last night Versus aired a special marking the 15th anniversary of Travis Roy's spinal cord injury eleven seconds into his first college game and tracing the 15 years since as Roy has become a motivational speaker and advocate and fundraiser for spinal cord accident victims. Since 1997 the Travis Roy Foundation has distributed more than $2.5 million in individual grants and to research projects and rehabilitation institutions across North America. USCHO reports that the segment included never-before-seen footage of that night (Oct. 20, 1995, North Dakota at BU) and will have interviews from Roy and his family, BU coach Jack Parker and former teammate and current New York Rangers captain Chris Drury.

Ticket information for the Lester Patrick Award dinner on Oct. 27 at TD Garden where Coach Parker will be among the honorees.

Looking back
Mile High Hockey reports that former Terrier forward David Van der Gulik has been recalled from Lake Erie by the Colorado Avalanche. MHH, whose report includes a photo of VDG and Brad Zancanaro with the Beanpot Trophy following BU's 2006 win, points out: "And imagine this: he once played for Boston University, the unofficial farm team of the Avalanche." Van der Gulik played six NHL games with Calgary during the 2008-09 season.

Benefit Auction
It's pretty much a given that the hockey community will always rally to support a member in distress. So, it's no surprise that teams from the college and pro ranks have responded with contributions for an auction this Sunday to benefit Minnesota-Duluth equipment manager Chris Garner who is battling MDS (Myelodysplatic Syndrome), formerly known as pre-leukemia. Garner is awaiting a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant. Merrimack Warrior and Eagle Tribune blogger Mike McMahon has the details, a list of all auction items--including a scarlet Terrier jersey--and a video.

Honors for Poulin
Hockey East named Marie-Philip Poulin its Pure Hockey Player of the Week. The freshman from Quebec scored four goals in last Friday's win against Wayne State and added two assists the next day as BU completed the weekend sweep of the Warriors.

New England Hockey Journal also named Poulin its player of the week and talked with Coach Brian Durocher about the decision to keep Poulin and junior transfer Jenn Wakefield on separate lines.

While the Terrier offense has made plenty of noise, The Daily Free Press points out the team's strength in goal with freshman Kerrin Sperry and sophomore Alissa Fromkin.

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