Thursday, October 06, 2011

Hockey East (and Midwest)

Notre Dame was officially accepted into Hockey East at yesterday’s press conference in South Bend, with the Irish beginning conference play in 2013-2014. By the time that happens, BU will have played Notre Dame three seasons in a row.

The Irish visited Agganis Arena in October 2009 and came away with a 3-0 win. A year ago, the Terriers edged the Irish, 5-4, in the Icebreaker Tournament. This season, the teams will meet on New Year’s Eve at Notre Dame’s new Charles “Lefty” Smith, Jr. Rink.
Prior to the recent games, the two schools had only met twice previously, both games won by the Terriers by a 7-3 score: Dec. 1971 at the Boston Arena Christmas Tournament and Dec. 1995 in the Badger Showdown.
One more BU connection with the conference’s new Western outpost: Jacques Joubert, captain of the 1995 national championship team, is a South Bend native.

Coverage links:
Hockey East Online (with transcripts and video)
The Boston Hockey Blog
● Notre Dame announcement
● College Hockey News: analysis, what’s next?

During the press conference, it was revealed that Versus (soon to be rebranded as NBC Sports Network) will air some Hockey East games. Earlier this month we posted the schedule of eight conference games set for CBS. NESN also will be in the picture, airing a number of conference games. We’ll post a full schedule of BU’s television schedule when it becomes available.

Daily Free Press Special Hockey Preview Insert
BU’s campus newspaper, The Daily Free Press has published its annul hockey preview insert. It’s available here, with hockey content beginning on page 9. Some direct links to a few of the articles: Terrier team preview, Captains’ Corner, Corey Trivino, Justin Courtnall (photo)

Looking back
Former Terrier forwards Chris Higgins and Joe Pereira, who had looked into playing in Sweden’s Hockey Allsvenskan League this season, have been signed by the ECHL South Carolina Stingrays.

Peter MacArthur and Ryan Weston are on the pre-season roster of the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers.

Despite a strong showing in Pittsburgh Penguins training camp, Brian Strait will begin his season in Wilkes Barre/Scranton. Prior to his assignment to the AHL, Strait talked to the Times Leader about his three games played in the NHL last season and his hopes to stay at the top level.

Women’s team
Hockey East named Senior Jenn Wakefield Player of the Week for her three-point (2g, 1 a) effort against North Dakota, while sophomore goalie Kerrin Sperry took Defensive Player of the Week honors, stopping more than 30 shots in both games.

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