Friday, December 24, 2010

Christmas Eve Linkorama

• Former Terrier standout Rick Meagher was among those named in the ECAC’s latest installment of the 50 top players in the conference’s 50 year history. BU was an ECAC member until it became a charter member of Hockey East in 1984-85. One of the most dynamic players to ever don a BU sweater, Meagher is the program’s only three-time first-team All-American. A member of the BU Sports Hall of Fame, he scored 90 goals and 120 assists powering BU to four consecutive ECAC titles (1974-77) and four trips to the NCAA Final Four. The Belleville, Ont., native played nearly 700 games in the NHL, mostly with St. Louis, New Jersey and Hartford and won the NHL's Selke Award as top defensive forward in 1990. Meagher currently is an amateur scout for the Blues.

• Two members of BU’s 1995 national championship team, Tom Noble and Mike Sylvia, have joined the coaching staff of their high school alma mater, Catholic Memorial, assisting coach Bill Hanson. Noble who was in goal for BU’s 6-2 win over Maine in the 1995 title game, is working with the Knights’ goalie Tommy Knox, who, ESPN Boston, reports is a BU recruiting target. Sylvia, who scored BU’s fifth goal in the ’95 title game, rang up 54 goals and 120 points in his Terrier career.

• Another BU-CM connection is Knights senior defenseman Marc Hetnik Jr., whose father, Marc Hetnik, was a forward for BU in the late 70s and scored 37 points for the 1978 national champs. The younger Hetnik, who anchors the Knight’s defense and was named to the Boston Herald’s pre-season Dream Team picked up three assists Tuesday night on the rink where his father played for the Terriers in CM’s 4-1 win over Needham.

• Wednesday night, CM played St. Sebastian’s at Harvard’s Bright Skating Center in the annual Kevin Mutch Memorial Game between the two schools. Mutch, who played for St. Sebastian's and later for BU, was killed in a 1992 automobile accident after one year of coaching. St. Seb’s cruised to a 6-0 led by a pair of goals from Danny O’Regan, whose father, Tom O’Regan, co-captained the 1982-83 Terriers and later played in the NHL and in Europe.

• Earlier this week we reported that Head Coach Jack Parker attended last weekend’s Malden Catholic-Delbarton game. According to ESPN Boston, BU is among five Eastern college recruiting MC junior forward Brendan Collier.

Women's program

Beyond the Dashers' Hockey East correspondent Al Daniel offers a midseason assessment of the Terrier women's team. Boasting the number 4 ranked offense in Women's D1 and an undefeated freshman goalie, Kerrin Sperry, Coach Brian Durocher's team enters second semester a point behind BC in Hockey East and ranked number 3 in the national poll.

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