Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Also, Scott McLaughlin's Hockey East rankings have concluded, with the top 3 mirroring the coaches poll: #1 Boston College, #2 Maine, #3 New Hampshire, #4 Boston University, #5 Merrimack, #6 Vermont, #7 Northeastern, # 8 Providence, #9 Massachusetts-Lowell, #10 Massachusetts.
Hockey East also announced this season's television schedule, which features Boston University in 13 games (8 on NESN, 4 on CBS College Sports, and 1 on Maine's WABI-TV). Of note, all 4 scheduled games against Boston College will be televised on either CBS College Sports or NESN. The composite TV schedule for the league is available here.
The Ottawa Senators had a round of cuts from training camp today, and Eric Gryba was one of several players reassigned to the Binghamton Senators. Also, the Pittsburgh Penguins sent former Terriers John Curry and Brian Strait down to their farm team in Wilkes-Barre.
Out in BU West, former Terrier co-captain Kevin Shattenkirk was assigned to the Lake Erie Monsters. His teammate Colby Cohen remains in the Colorado Avalanche training camp to battle for the seventh defenseman spot, showcasing as a power-play specialist.
Sean Sullivan was waived by the San Jose Sharks, and will continue with the Worcester Sharks if another team does not claim him.
Monday, September 27, 2010
In his Sunday Hockey Notes column, The Boston Globe’s Kevin Dupont reports that :
Boston University coaching legend Jack Parker continues to recover from heart surgery he had over the summer. If he needs a night off behind the Terrier bench this season, associate coach Mike Bavis will handle the duties, accompanied by Pertti Hasanen, who is back on Commonwealth Ave. again after pursuing other business.
Earlier this year we reported that Hasanen, a former Terrier assistant coach, has launched Hasanen Power Wear, an innovative company committed to developing safe and functional weighted training gear. In May, 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.
A pair of former Terrier blueliners found the back of the net in NHL exhibition games Saturday night. Matt Gilroy led a Rangers third period comeback with a power play goal and assist, leading to 5-4 overtime win against the Devils.
Sean Sullivan, who signed with San Jose over the summer, scored for the Sharks in a 3-1 win over Phoenix. Both Sullivan and John McCarthy remain in Sharks camp, competing for the few remaining opening night roster spots.
In a video interview, Kevin Shattenkirk offers candid comments about his performance in Avs camp. He’s one of four ex-Terriers in camp following cuts that left the roster at 29.
Nick Bonino, now in Syracuse with the Ducks' AHL affiliate, has developed some chemistry with a former opponent from his last college season.
Dressing just 16 players didn’t slow down the Terrier Women’s team (season preview) which beat University of Windsor, 4-1, in an exhibition game on Saturday. Brian Durocher’s club was minus two injured players and another five at the Team Canada Camp. Durocher video interview.
Al Daniels of the Beyond The Dashers blog profiles freshman Marie-Philip Poulin, gold medal winner at the Vancouver Olympics and describes how, thanks to an influx of high-profile talent, The Battle of Commonwealth Ave. now extends to BU’s and BC’s women’s program.
USCHO posted its preseason women's hockey poll with the Terriers ranked #6. Earlier this month they were picked first by Hockey East coaches in the conference preseason poll.
Friday, September 24, 2010
BU has announced a number of schedule changes, mostly game-start times. The Terriers’ TV schedule will be announced next week. BU’s exhibition with the University of Toronto is set for Oct. 2, one day after official practice begins. Captain’s practices are under way.
The New England Hockey Journal looks at two issues facing college hockey programs: early departures by key players and early commitments by recruits.
Former Terrier captain and 2009 Hobey Baker Award Winner Matt Gilroy, now in Rangers training camp, talked with LoHud.com about his approach to training camp and the challenges he’ll face there. His teammate and BU’s other Hobey winner, Chris Drury, will be out several weeks with broken finger suffered blocking a shot.
Nick Bonino, who scored his first NHL goal during his brief stint with Anaheim last Spring, will begin this season with the Ducks’ AHL affiliate in Syracuse. Bonino, who scored 45 goals in three seasons at BU. Also assigned to the Crunch was former Terrier blueliner Joe DiPenta, who won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007 and played for Portland in the AHL last season.
Eric Gryba suited up for his first NHL exhibition game tonight. The blueliner from Saskatoon played 11 minutes, picking up a five-minute fighting major, in Ottawa’s 4-2 loss to Montreal.
With his “howitzer” slapshot on display, Colby Cohen is opening eyes at Colorado Avs camp. An Avs prospect site looked at his and Kevin Shattenkirk’s progress.
John Curry stopped 15 of 16 shots in a busy 20 minutes in the Penguins 5-4 win over Columbus.
The Salem News spoke with several North Shore players, including two ex-Terriers, in pro camps: John McCarthy with the San Jose Sharks and Brian McGuirk with the ECHL Kalamazoo Wings.
2013 recruit Adam Erne continues to put up points for the Indiana Ice in USHL preseason play. Playing in the league’s Fall Classic, the 6-0, 197 left wing, scored a pair of goals in the Ice’s 8-3 win over Des Moines and a goal and an assist in 5-0 shutout of Waterloo. In four preseason games, Erne, has a 4-3-7 line, second best on Indiana.
2011 recruit Cason Hohmann, also playing the USHL Fall Classic, tallied a goal and assist in Cedar Rapids’ 3-1 win against Fargo. It was his third point in two tournament games.
Women’s team exhibition on tap
Brian Durocher’s women’s team takes on the University of Windsor tomorrow They’ll be shorthanded with five team members attending a Canadian Women’s National Team camp in Calgary.
►Yale forward, Mandi Schwartz whose battle against acute myeloid lymphoma we reported this week has received her stem cell transplant and continues her treatment.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
● Denver Post: Shattenkirk Waits for his turn
● Hockeywriters.com recaps Avs’ rookie camp
● More from Avs training camp:
---Day Two: 2 for Yip, penalty shot goal for Zach Cohen;
---Day One: Vandy scores
● Shattenkirk Q&A
What made this the right time to begin your professional career?
“I think just in talking to coach (Jack) Parker back at school, he said he felt it was time to go. And I knew myself that it was time to go. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity, but you don’t want to rush it. You don’t really know when it is, but I just kind of felt after the season that this was the jump I wanted to make. Hopefully it will turn out for the best.”
►A pair of BU teammates on the 2006 Hockey East champs, John McCarthy and Sean Sullivan, are among the candidates looking for roster spots in San Jose.
►Another pair of ex-Terrier teammates, Brian Strait and John Curry are in Penguins camp, with Strait scheduled to be in the lineup for Pittsburgh’s preseason opener tonight.
►Former Terrier All-American defenseman Tom Poti has signed a two-year extension with the Washington Capitals for a reported $5.75 million. Last season, Poti scored 24 points (4+20) and had a career-high and fifth best in the NHL for blueliners +26. He discussed his new contract and role with the Caps in a podcast.
2011 recruit Alexx Privitera scored a power play goal and a shoot-out goal and added a 5 min. major for fighting in Muskegon's 3-2 SO win over Indiana in a USHL exhibition game. Privitera, who played for the NTDP U17 team last season, also earned praise from Lumberjacks coach Kevin Patrick who expects him to become a team leader.
The previous night, 2013 recruit Adam Erne had a goal and two assists as the Ice thumped the Lumberjacks, 12-2 .
● Women’s Hockey East preview from Beyond the Dasher.
Monday, September 20, 2010
With this year’s Autism walk set for Sunday, September 26, 2010 at Suffolk Downs in East Boston, the team is taking its commitment to an even greater level by registering a walk team and raising funds for this cause. All event proceeds will support Autism Speaks’ work to increase awareness about the growing autism epidemic, fund innovative autism research and family services, and advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
To learn more about this event and to make a donation in the name of your favorite player, click here .
►The college hockey community and many others will have sticks and fingers crossed this Wednesday when Yale forward Mandi Schwartz is scheduled to undergo a stem-cell transplant in her battle with acute myeloid lymphoma. The Saskatchewan native, whose brothers Jaden and Rylan skate for Colorado College, has been undergoing chemotherapy while a number of donor testing drives and bone marrow registration drives have been held. Former Yale men's hockey player Brennan Turner spearheaded a series of donor testing drives across Canada.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Eric Gryba: Okay, maybe not a guy you were initially looking to hear about, but someone who Bryan Murray is high on, and who scored a sick goal: Pinched in and called for a pass at the opposition blue line, faked out the defender, and rifled a shot far-side past [former Northeastern University goalie Brad] Thiessen.
Gryba, who played six games for AHL Binghamton last Spring, had been named the hardest working player at Senators development camp in July.
►In TSN's annual survey of top 2011 draft prospects by 10 NHL scouts, freshman defenseman Adam Clendening was ranked #9. Fellow freshman Matt Nieto also received several votes.
►Mike McMahon of the Warrior RinkRat blog continues his Hockey East preview with a look at UMass-Lowell.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Former BU linemates Nick Bonino (photo-#63) and John McCarthy were opponents when the Sharks and Ducks rookies faced off in the opener of the Young Stars Tournament in Penticton, B.C. In the Sharks’ 4-1 win, Bonino had Anaheim’s only goal while McCarthy scored a power play goal for San Jose. Both Bonino and McCarthy made brief NHL debuts last season, while the third member of the Terriers' second line on the 2009 national title team, Brandon Yip, played 32 games for Colorado.
The Denver Post looks at the current pool of Avalanche prospects, including Kevin Shattenkirk and Colby Cohen, to project which will emulate the success of many first-year Avs players last season, including Yip.
Youngstown began its USHL exhibition season Sunday, beating the Chicago Steele, 5-1, with BU 2011 recruit Matt O’Connor in goal. The 6-4 netminder from Toronto came up big, stopping 25 of 26 shots, many of them coming as his team was killing 11 penalties.
O’Connor appears to be in for considerable duty in the Phantom’s net as the team’s expected returning goalie from last season has now left to play NCAA hockey at Mercyhurst. The Phantoms subsequently acquired a back-up goalie. O’Connor discussed his move from Ontario to the USHL on the Phantoms’ YouTube Channel (begins at 3:30 )
Nittany Lions to join NCAA
As we reported this summer, Penn State is poised to become the 59th Division I hockey program. USCHO's Dave Starman and College Hockey News' Adam Wodon discuss the potential impact on current college hocky leagues.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Meanwhile, a few miles away from Lower Manhattan, Aces Mark, a 6-year old gelding named for Bavis and Bailey, finished second in today's eighth race at Belmont Park. One of the horse's owners is Lew Mongelluzzo, an Ottawa Senators scout and a friend of the Bavis Brothers.
Former BU blueliner Brian Strait began his second Pittsburgh Penguins rookie camp in London, Ontario on Friday.The camp is headed by former Terrier John Hynes who will begin his first season as head coach of the Pen's AHL club in Wilkes Barre-Scranton.
Nick Bonino is on the Ducks 25-man roster for a five team rookie tournament in Penticton, B.C., beginning tomorrow. Bonino scored his first NHL during his late-season turn with the Ducks.
Friday, September 10, 2010
With three members of last season’s blueline corps departed for the pros, BU will be looking for sophomore Max Nicastro to step up and assume a leading role at both ends of the ice. The Californian with the heavy shot earned All-Hockey East Rookie honors last season and followed it with a standout performance in the Detroit Red Wings prospect camp. Inside College Hockey’s annual A-Z feature profiles Nicastro and quotes BU Associate Head Coach Mike Bavis saying the sophomore has an “NHL shot and is the kind of uber-talent hybrid player that BU hasn’t seen in a long time.”
►Another key member of the sophomore class, forward Alex Chiasson, a second round Stars draft choice, was ranked at #100 on McKeen’s list of the top 150 NHL prospects.
►Eagle Tribune hockey writer and Warrior Rink Rat blogger Mike McMahon has begun previewing the 10 Hockey East teams in reverse order of his prediction for the final league standings. Thus far, he’s posted previews of Providence and UMass.
►NHL.com has weighed in on the news that Terrier Head Coach Jack Parker is one of four 2010 recipients of the Lester Patrick Trophy for service to hockey in the United States.
2013 BU recruit Adam Erne, who originally was set to play this season with the New Jersey Rockets (AJHL) will instead be skating in the USHL for the Indiana Ice, who drafted the '95 in May. Last season, the power forward starred for the LA Selects Bantam AAA team.
2011 recruit Alexx Privitera has left the NTDP and will man the blueline for the new Muskegon Lumberjacks franchise in the USHL. Privitera had a 4-10-14 line in 52 games for the U17s last season.
USHL pre-season play begins tonight and several future Terriers will be in action in the coming week. Privitera and Muskegon take on Chicago tonight, while 2011 recruit Matt O’Connor and Youngtown play the Steel on Saturday. On Tuesday, the Cedar Rapids Roughriders, with 2011 recruit Cason Hohmann and 2014 recruit Anthony DeAngelo, match up with Waterloo. Next Friday, 2013 recruit Matt Grzelcyk and the NTDP U17s face off against Youngstown.
USHR reports that former BU All-American Boomer Ewing has retired as a player after two pro seasons. He was ECHL rookie of the year with the Wheeling Nailers in 2008-09. Boomer will become assistant coach of the EJHL Bridgewater Bandits, assisting Todd Stirling, whose father, Steve Stirling, captained BU's 1971 national champs and recently was named assistant coach of AHL Binghamton.
New England Hockey Journal previews the 2010-11 Washington Caps with a focus on its many New England connections, including former BU All-American Tom Poti, who begins his fourth season in D.C.
In his most recent Hockey Notes column, The Boston Globe's Fluto Shinzawa reports that former BU co-captain John McCarthy will head to Sharks training camp with a good opportunity to make the San Jose roster. Last season, his hard work in Worcester earned him a four-game "cup-of-coffee" in the NHL.
A pair of former Terriers, Ryan Weston and Kevin Schaeffer, are heading West this season to play for the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers. Weston split last season between Las Vegas and the AHL San Antonio Rampage, while Schaeffer played 52 games with the Charlotte Checkers and 18 games for two AHL clubs. A few other ex-Terriers have a stop in Vegas on their resume. Dan Spang spent part of the 08-09 season there participating in Governor Rod Blagojevich Prison Uniform Night, poking fun at the then-indicted former Illinois governor. Former Hockey East Player of the Year and Hobey Baker Award finalist John Curry began his pro career with a brief stint on the Wranglers before moving up to the Penguins top farm team. He'll compete for the backup spot on the Pittsburgh roster this year.
Avalanche Rookie camp begins this Tuesday in Centennial, Colo., with former Terriers Kevin Shattenkirk, Colby Cohen and Zach Cohen on hand. All three made their pro debuts last April with the AHL Lake Erie Monsters, playing for former BU associate head coach David Quinn. They'll all be aiming for a spot on the Colorado roster, seeking to join Brandon Yip who scored 11 goals in 32 games for the Avs last season.
UMass head coach and former BU associate head coach Don Cahoon has signed a contract extension that will keep him behnd the Minuteman bench through the 2012-2013 season. In 1970-71, Cahoon was a lightning-fast winger was a winger on a line centered by Steve Stirling on the first Terrier national championship team, which marks its 40th anniversary this season.
That team’s manager—and THFB contributor—Chris Henes, was quoted in the current issue of Sports Illustrated, but not about hockey. In a retrospective on the first-ever AFL football game, matching the Patriots and the Broncos (Sept. 9, 1960), SI Senior Writer Dick Friedman, describes the experiences that evening of a pair of ten-year olds--he and Henes--who were in attendence at BU's Nickerson Field (former Braves' Field) and were able to walk down to the end zone after the game as the players departed.
Saturday, September 04, 2010
Former BU captain Kevin Shattenkirk is profiled in the Prospect Unlimited section of the 9/13/10 issue of The Hockey News. You’ll have to pick one up or subscribe on ine to read it.
The Boston Globe’s veteran sportswriter Marvin Pave has penned an excellent feature on the career of former BU Athletic Director John Simpson, who passed away earlier this week.
Wishing all of our readers a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend.
Friday, September 03, 2010
Terrier head coach Jack Parker has been named a recipient of the 2010 Lester Patrick Trophy, recognizing outstanding service to hockey in the United States. Joining Parker in the 2010 class are his longtime rival, BC coach Jerry York, former Bruin Cam Neely and AHL President David Andrews.
Parker enters the 2010-11 season with a career 834-429-104 record, all at BU, which ranks him third on the all-time NCAA coaches’ list.
Previous Terrier winners of the Patrick Trophy are Dick Rodenhiser, a member of the gold medal-winning 1960 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, and the four BU members of the 1980 gold-medal winning U.S. Olympic Hockey Team: Jim Craig, Mike Eruzione, Jack O'Callahan and David Silk.
A presentation ceremony in Boston is being planned by the NHL.
► GoTerriers.com coverage
► Daily Free Press coverage
► Boston Herald coverage
► USCHO photographer Melissa Wade’s gallery of Parker and York photos
2011 NHL draft profile
In an ESPN profile of 2011 draft prospect Matt Nieto, former NTDP U18 coach Kurt Kleinendorst says the freshman winger "is an absolutely beautiful player. He's a thoroughbred. He's strong as an ox. He's got toughness. His skating and puck skills are never going to be an issue."
Kleinendorst also points out that Long Beach, Calif., native needs to be more determined on the ice, while an NHL scout says he'd like to see more consistency in Nieto's game.
Former Terrier All-American Colin Wilson, approaching his second NHL Seaton with Nashville, talked with Red Light District Hockey, and asserts that BU’s 2009 NCAA championship remains his top hockey thrill.
Jason Lawrence, BU’s top goal-scorer on that 2008-09 team, will be playing for the Dutch elite team Eindhoven Kemphanen in Netherlands this season after splitting his time with ECHL Charlotte Checkers and ECHL Gwinett Gladiators last season.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Nick Bonino took part in the annual charity scrimmage involving pros from Connecticut at Pete Asadourian’s Pro Hockey Camp in Cromwell, Conn. Bonino, who will soon head to Anaheim Ducks camp, helped Team Gold to a 7-6 win with a late tying goal. Also playing in the scrimmage--for the fifth time--was former Terrier Gregg Johnson, who recently announced his retirement from pro hockey.Johnson scored 61 points for the South Carolina Stingrays last season.
Former Terrier winger Kenny Roche is off to SG Cortina in Italy after splitting last season between Charlotte (ECHL), Providence (AHL) and Hartford (AHL).
We must report two losses to the Terrier hockey family. John Simpson, former BU Hockey manager, BU Football player, BU Athletic Director, and member of the BU Athletic Hall of Fame passed away yesterday. Simpson, who was 85, was a native of Brookline and was a combat Marine in World War II. His son, Steve, skated for the Terriers from 1979 to 1981.
Wake: Friday September 3, 2010, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, Davis Funeral Home, Lock Street, Nashua, NH
Funeral Service: Saturday, September 4, 10:00am, Church of the Good Shepherd, Main Street, Nashua, NH
Larry Coughlin, 90, a World War II Navy veteran who was one of the early members of the Friends of BU Hockey, also passed away yesterday in Florida.