Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Poll game

The first USCHO weekly poll is out and the Terriers just squeaked into the top 20, taking the final spot. In the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine, BU had the 18th most points. But, considering that BU is coming off a 10-21-4 season, those rankings are at least encouraging.  One reason for optimism is the strong core of returnees. Another is the top-to-bottom quality of the Terriers' recruit class, which has earned OverTheBoards’ #1 ranking.  The scouting service announced yesterday:

The tandem of Associate Head Coach Steve Greeley and Terriers skipper David Quinn identified their targets on the trail and wasted no time re-imagining and pulling in talent for the Terriers’ future line-up. This class is exemplary by our standards (four-year impact, positional needs, collegiate upside) and on top of that, in this era of early recruiting of sophomores and even freshmen, over half of this group was recruited this [past] season.

● OTB Recruiting class rankings
● USCHO weekly poll
● USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine weekly poll

SB Nation’s Evan Sporer offers a comprehensive profile of the most herald of the 10 freshmen, Jack Eichel, whom he calls “The Next Face of American Hockey.”

► The Hockey East Media Guide is now available online

► A special treat from BU Today: The Little Dive with a Long History tells the storied history of The Dugout, from Prohibition Era speakeasy to hangout for ballplayers and sportswriters, to its crime and political connections and to its current incarnation as favorite watering hole of BU fans and scores of Terrier hockey players.  [Photo by BU Photography]

Editor's note: The Dugout is without a doubt a continuing part of BU Hockey history and so has been added to the Terrier Tales list in the sidebar.

Looking ahead
Video of Maxim Letunov’s goal against the NTDP U-18's

Looking back
Former BU assistant captain Brian Strait, beginning his second full season on the Islanders blueline, talked with SNY.tv about his health, competition in the New York training camp and the final season at Nassau Coliseum for the Isles. A member of BU's 2009 NCAA title team, Strait, who was married this summer, served as captain of Team USA in the 2008 World Junior Championships and, like Terrier captain Matt Grzelcyk and Eichel, he played for the gold-medal winning NTDP U-18's in the World U-18 Championships. 

This past summer we reported that former BU goalie and NHLer Rick DiPietro was exploring a new career direction, filling in on a sports talk radio program. The audition was a success and DiPietro has signed on to co-host a weeknight program on ESPN’s New York City station.

Other ex-Terriers turned broadcasters include Mike Eruzione, who was an analyst on MSG Network for Rangers and Devils game; Dave Tomlinson, radio analyst for Vancouver Canucks games; Tom Ryan, longtime analyst on BU hockey broadcasts; and, Don  "Toot" Cahoon, former UMass head coach who has been doing color on WBIN college hockey broadcasts.  

Women’s Team
Following last Saturday's 3-0 exhibition game win against Queens University, the Terriers were ranked #4 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine pre-season poll. USCHO’s poll last week ranked BU sixth.

● Daily Free Press recap of Queens University exhibition game
● Coach Brian post-game comments  (video)

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