Friday, October 04, 2013

Quinn Era Begins Tomorrow; Co-Captains named

BU Hockey’s David Quinn era begins Saturday evening with an exhibition game against St. Francis Xavier. It will be the first time the Terriers take the ice with a head coach not named Jack Parker since December 12,1973. The Daily Free Press reports that Quinn will have 13 forwards and 7 defensemen available for the exhibition game and that senior Jake Moscatel has been out with an illness.

Quinn announced that senior defensemen Garrett Noonan and Patrick MacGregor will be co-captains for the 2013-14 Terriers. Noonan, whose 16 goals as sophomore tied him first nationally among d-men, is a key to BU's power play and has 61 career points. He was named an assistant captain midway through the 2012-13 season. MacGregor, a 6-4, 230 lb., defensive blueliner, dressed in 30 games last season. announcement of co-captains
Boston Hockey Blog reports on co-captains
Boston Herald interview with Quinn
Daily Free Press report
USCHO season preview of BU
HockeyEastOnline video preview of conference teams

Terriers are ranked #19 in the first USCHO national poll.

Sophomore blueliner Matt Grzelcyk made USCHO’s list of top ten defensemen in college hockey going into this season. New England Hockey Journal ranks the Charlestown, Mass., native as one of the Bruins top blueline prospects. He and fellow sophomore Danny O'Regan made the United States of Hockey's list of college players to watch in 2013-14. USofH also suggests that both are strong candidates for the U.S. Jr. National Team that will play in the IIHF World Junior Championships.

A reminder that most BU home games will be streamed live on Terrier TV with monthly and yearly subscriptions are available here.  
The Terrier Hockey Fan Blog has learned the weekly online program, Inside BU Hockey will be back for another season, hosted by Terrier hockey play-by-play announcer Bernie Corbett. Plans call for the half-hour program to be available on Wednesday night and we’ll provide a link and list of guests here on the blog each week.

Looking back

Eleven former Terriers earned spots on opening day NHL rosters. Among the 49 Hockey East alums now in the NHL are: Nick Bonino (ANA), Alex Chiasson (DAL), Charlie Coyle (MIN), Matt Gilroy (FLA), Eric Gryba (OTT), Matt Nieto (SJS), Kevin Shattenkirk (STL), Brian Strait (NYI), David Van Der Gulik (COL), Ryan Whitney (FLA) and Colin Wilson (NSH).

Former BU captain Shattenkirk discussed his hopes to don a USA jersey in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, with

CBCSports reports that Bruins sought to have Chiasson included in its blockbuster deal with Dallas this past off-season. The Stars resisted and Chiasson began his first full NHL season last night in a 4-2 loss to Florida and scored the Stars’ first goal of the season.

Another player who was not rushed: Dallas forward Alex Chiasson, who scored six goals in his first seven NHL games. Chiasson wanted to turn pro after his second NCAA season, but the team asked him to wait one more year, partially because his first stride was "clunky," according to one source. Good call, he is much-improved. Word is the Stars fought hard to keep him in the big trade with Boston. The Bruins knew what they wanted -- Chiasson played at Boston University.

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