Friday, January 14, 2011

Malden Catholic’s Brendan Collier commits to BU

ESPN Boston reports that Brendan Collier, a junior left wing for Malden Catholic, the top-ranked Massachusetts high school team, has committed to BU. We reported last month that BU Coach Jack Parker had been in attendance when the Blue Blades beat New Jersey’s #1 team, Delbarton. Collier, who plays on MC’s top line with UNH recruit Mike Vecchione and BC recruit Ryan Fitzgerald, scored his 10th goal of the season to go with 18 assists Tuesday night in a 7-3 win over #2 Catholic Memorial. He talked with ESPN Boston’s Scott Barboza following the game.

The earliest that the Charlestown, Mass., native could arrive at Agganis Arena is 2012-13, but if he plays a year of junior, it would be the following season. We’ll post further details as they become available.

Looking ahead
2011 recruit Evan Rodrigues’ scored his 13th goal of the season and added an assist in Georgetown’s 6-4 win over Buffalo earlier this week in OJHL action. The left wing has a 13-27-40 line in 28 games.

Looking back
With AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton in Providence to play the P-Bruins tonight, The Providence Journal talked with Baby Pens head coach John Hynes about his first season as a pro head coach and the path that led him there. A member of BU’s 1995 national championship team, the Rhode Island native began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant on the Terrier staff.

Earlier this week, in two articles The Boston Globe looked at the early-season results for first year prep coaches—and longtime NHL standouts— Tony Amonte, Shawn McEachern and Scott Young. Amonte is his first season at Thayer Academy, while McEachern and Young are at The Rivers School and St. Mark’s respectively.

Steve Stirling, an All-American center and captain of BU’s first national championship team in 1970-71, is in his first season as assistant coach of the AHL Binghamton Senators. The former New York Islanders head coach talked with Time Warner Cable’s Grady Whittenberg about a coaching career that included stops at Babson College, Providence College, the AHL and the German DEL league, as well his silver screen turn as an extra in the classic hockey movie, Slapshot.

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