Friday, June 01, 2012

Clendening signs 3-year deal with Blackhawks

Sophomore blueliner Adam Clendening is taking his game to the pros, signing a three-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, reportedly for $650,000 per season, if he’s in the NHL.  College Hockey News’ Scott McLaughlin reports that earlier this spring, the “Blackhawks wanted him to stay at BU another season. On Thursday night, Clendening told The Boston Hockey Blog that Chicago showed increased interest lately and that he ‘felt it was the right time.’ "

Clendening’s departure leaves a hole on defense for next year’s Terriers, although it is likely BU was already engaged in recruiting a second blueliner for the 2012 recruit class to join NTDP defenseman Matt Grzelczyk. Marc Hetnik, Jr., had opted to spend a second season in the BCHL with Vernon.

Looking ahead
2013 recruit Robbie Baillargeon’s second blogpost from the NHL Combine describes his first interviews with NHL clubs. And, we’ve learned that a third BU recruit, Danny O’Regan, recently added to the 2012 recruit class, also is at the NHL Combine in Toronto. O’Regan, who jumped from #112 in the Central Scouting Mid-term rankings to #76 in the final evaluations, was a standout at the World U18 championships, centering the first line for the gold-medal winning Team USA squad.

Looking back
Jeremy Roenick, writing for the Blackhawks Web site (and a book he’s completing) looks at the career of former BU standout Tony Amonte. The Terrier sniper was Roenick’s linemate both in Chicago and years earlier at Thayer Academy, where Amonte now is head coach. 
► Amonte career stats.

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