Friday, August 15, 2014


After a strong showing at USA Hockey’s National Junior Team evaluation camp, freshman Jack Eichel, expected to be one of the top first-year players in the NCAA, continues to be the subject of media inquiries. He talked about his early days on skates with Yahoo! Sports’ Sunaya Sapurji, who also spoke with Eichel’s former NTDP linemates who are now his college rivals.

Playing in only two of the three international games after the squad was cut to 27, Eichel recorded a team high 8 points (1G, 7A).

Looking ahead
Kieffer Bellows scored twice and Hank Crone assisted on a pair of scores as the U.S. U-17 Select team defeated Switzerland, 5-3, to remain unbeaten in the U-17 Five Nations Tournament in Germany. Both are 2016 Terrier recruits. Bellows opened the scoring with a first period power play goal and tallied the game-winner in the middle stanza. Crone had the primary assist on another USA man-advantage score and an even strength goal. Next up is the Czech Republic tomorrow.

2015 recruit Bobo Carpenter (photo) is heading to Ufa, Russia, later this month with the USHL Sioux City Musketeers to play in the Junior Club World Cup. The 5-11, 175 lb., right-shot forward, who led Austin Prep to the Massachusetts Super 8 championship game last season, will spend this year with the Musketeers. Last month, Carpenter, who had a 5-4-9 line in nine games for Sioux City last season, participated in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ development camp. The Musketeers’ roster also includes former Terrier Sam Kurker, picked up in the Indiana dispersal draft..

2015 recruits Jordan Greenway and Charles McAvoy return to Ann Arbor for their second season in USA Hockey’s NTDP program. The U-18's schedule for 2014-15 includes three international tournaments, games against USHL opponents and 17 match-ups with college teams, highlighted by a visit to Agganis Arena on Oct. 18 to play the Terriers. Last season, Greenway, a 6-4, 212 lb., left wing scored 15 goals and 26 assists, while McAvoy, a 5-11, 190 lb., right-shot defenseman had a 7-11-18 line.

Looking back
Rick Meagher, Jack Parker, Mike Eruzione

The Terrier Hockey Alumni held their annual Players’ Golf Tournament this past Monday at the Granite Links Country Club in Quincy, Mass.  The fundraising event benefits the BU Hockey Program and brings together former Terrier players to demonstrate support for current players, not only during their time as BU student-athletes, but afterwards, as well.

The tournament drew 74 golfers and the winning foursome with a score of 63 included BU Athletics Hall of Famers Rick Meagher and Mike Eruzione, Mike’s son Vinnie and Tom Callinan.

A stroke back at 64 were John McCarthy, Brian Strait, Craig Sanders and Brandon Yip, one shot better than the team of Tommy Kelley, Danny O’Regan, TJ Ryan and Brendan Ryan.
John Cronin won the closest to the hole competition with 3 feet, 3 inches on a par three, while Coach David Quinn earned longest drive honors.

Meagher and Eruzione, who led BU to four ECAC championships and four NCAA Final Fours (1974-77), finished their college careers as the Terriers' first and second career scoring leaders respectively.

►Former Terrier forward Eddie Wright will be inducted into the Chatham, Ontario, Hall of Fame next month. For a CKSN Sports column, Wright talked about his career, starting on local rinks with close friend Herb Wakabayashi, followed by his career at BU skating on the “UN Line” with two-time All-American Wakabayashi and Serge Boily and then a 40-plus year stint coaching and teaching at SUNY Buffalo. Note that the author is Wakabayashi’s nephew, Dwight, a columnist for Bleacher Report.   

►Sports Illustrated, celebrating its 60th anniversary, asked fans to vote for its most iconic cover from among 32 choices. The March 3, 1980 “Miracle on Ice” cover won in a landslide. Celebrating the gold-medal winning U.S. squad at the Lake Placid Olympics, it “remains the only SI cover without any headlines or type whatsoever.” Photographer Heinz Kluetmeier explained:  "It didn't need it. Everyone in America knew what happened."

Four Terriers played key roles in what is widely recognized as the greatest sports event of the 20th century: forward David Silk, defenseman Jack O’Callahan (exulting while sitting on a teammate in the iconic cover photo), goalie Jim Craig and captain Mike Eruzione, who authored the winning goal against the Soviet Union in the semifinals.
● Sports Illustrated cover story
● 10 interesting facts about The Miracle on Ice

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