Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Curry inducted into BU Athletics Hall of Fame--UPDATED

L-R: Eric Thomassian, Brad Zancanarro, David Van Der Gulick, Tom Morrow, John Curry, Kevin Kielt, Sean Sullivan, Jack Parker, Dan Spang, Ryan Weston
A few years before Matt Gilroy went from walk-on to All-American, a somewhat obscure netminder from Shoreham, Minnesota, blazed a similar path at BU. John Curry’s Terrier experience reached its penultimate moment on Saturday evening when he was inducted into the BU Athletics Hall of Fame as a member of the 50th HOF class.

After playing just five minutes as a freshman, he seized the goaltending job the next season and never relinquished it. A two-time All-American, Hockey East Player of theYear in 2007 and a Hobey Baker Award finalist, also in 2007, Curry’s name is repeatedly found in the all-time Terrier record book. He owns the top career marks for goals against average (2.07) and save percentage (.923) and is tied with Jack Ferreira for most shutouts with 13. Curry owns a perfect 5-0 record in the Beanpot Tournament, leading BU to three straight titles and earning the Eberly Award for best save percentage in 2007 (.985 with a 0.48 GAA).

Despite Curry’s limited playing time as a freshman, BU goalie coach Mike Geragosian saw the makings of a first-rate Division 1 goalie. Geragosian recalls:

After his freshman year, I gave him a list of 6-8 things to work on over the summer. In September, he showed me that he’d addressed each one of them and had done the hard work when no one was looking. John is someone who is motivated, intelligent and responsible. He has that “Tim Thomas” mentality and competitiveness. And that “third eye” intuition, knowing where the puck is going. It’s hard to teach, but he has it.

John has overachieved throughout his career and, at each stage, he’s made the  needed corrections to advance his career. Plus, he's simply a nice, humble person with a great attitude.

As a sophomore, Curry started the third game of the season, stopping 25 shots in a 4-1 win. After backboning a 3-2 win against Providence, Curry outdueled Maine's Jimmy Howard for a 2-1 win and the starting job was his.

Teammate Brian Strait adds:

There is no other player in my time at BU that better exemplified what it was to be a Boston University Terrier. Both on the ice and off the Ice John was a tremendous student, great goaltender, and even better person. I had the pleasure of playing pro hockey with John in Wilkes-Barre and he has carried all those same traits throughout his career. Relentless work ethic and great attitude have made him the player and person he is today. No other player I have played with is more deserving of a Hall of Fame induction.”

 ● Bernie Corbett and Brian Maurer interview Curry
● GoTerriers.com report and induction ceremony
● Boston Hockey Blog feature on Curry’s BU career
● BU Today feature

Looking ahead
● 2014 recruit Brandon Hickey interviewed at NHL Combine in Toronto

● 2016 recruit Vas Kolias selected in first round by Youngstown in the USHL dispersal draft

● BU recruits Ori Abramson and Shane Starrett make honorable mention for USPHL list of top prospects.

● The Boston College Hockey Blog reports that BU, along with the Eagles, Wisconsin and North Dakota are vying for a top Canadian ’98 defenseman, Dante Fabbro, who will play next season with BCHL Penticton.

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