Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Save of the week: the Free Press Lives

Since May 1970, The Daily Free Press has been an independent voice covering life on the BU campus, including on-going and comprehensive coverage of the school’s marquis sport, men’s hockey

The Free Press’s hockey coverage and the live blog and post-game articles and interviews of the Freep’s Boston Hockey Blog have been key components of the information that the Terrier Hockey Blog posts throughout the hockey season and during the off-season. Both myself (Terrier Blogger) and mh82, who has written most of the epic historical articles in our Terrier Tales, are former Daily Free Press sports editors.

Earlier this year, facing a $68,000 debt, the Free Press went “digital first” with a daily online edition and a once-a-week print edition. On Monday, the 44 year old publication launched a crowdfunding campaign to regain financial stability and save independent journalism.  

In a remarkable 48 hours, those goals have been achieved thanks to more than $19,000 donated by more than 320 donors, including  ESPN investigative report Don Van Natta Jr. a former DFP editor-in-chief who would go on to win a Pulitzer Prize. These donations were supplemented by a $10,000 contribution from controversial political pundit Bill O’Reilly, who received a masters in broadcast journalism from BU, wrote for the Free Press and was a classmate of Howard Stern, and a $50,000 gift from Boston area auto dealer-magnate and philanthropist Ernie Boch, Jr.

Congratulations Freepers. Good to know you’ll still be on the job, both online and in print.

● Daily Free Press gofundme page
● BostonInno report
Boston Globe report

►Scott McLaughlin, a former Free Press sports reporter who covered BU hockey and now blogs on college hockey for, interviewed the Terriers' leading scorer, Jack Eichel, and discusssed the first five weeks of Hockey East with Yahoo! Sports' Ryan Lambert in his second college puckcast of the season. 

Looking ahead
2015 recruit Robert Carpenter (photo) scored a goal and added an assist as Sioux City doubled up Waterloo, 8-4. A former All-Scholastic forward at Austin Prep, Carpenter has a 7-6-13 line in 14 games. Fellow 2015 recruit Sean MacTavish had an assist for the Blackhawks.  

Looking back
Two former leading scorers for the Terriers, Nick Bonino (’09-’10) and Alex Chiasson (’11-’12) each recorded an assist in the Canucks’ 4-3 OT win over the Senators.

Congratulations to former Terrier, NHL and Olympic standout Tony Amonte, who led his Cape Cod Whalers U16s to the Massachusetts Tier 1 state championship. The Whalers, whose roster includes Amonte’s sons Ty and Tristan, will compete in the National Tier 1 U16 Championships in the Spring.

Former Terrier Sahir Gill has signed a professional tryout contract with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, after beginning the season with the ECHL Wheeling Nailers. Last season, Gill had a 13-41-54 line in 67 games for former Terrier Clark Donatelli’s Nailers. 

Women’s Team
#6 Terriers dropped a 6-3 decision to Northeastern last night at Walter Brown Arena. 

Northeastern was led by Kendall Coyne’s hat trick.  Sarah Lefort scored her seventh goal of the season to tie the score at 1-1; but Coyne’s first goal gave the visitors a 2-1 edge at the first break. The Huskies extended the lead with two second-period goals and another early in the third before Kayla Tutino’s second goal cut the deficit to 5-2. Victoria Bach’s fifth goal brought the Terriers closer, but Coyne’s empty-netter closed out the scoring. Victoria Hanson returned after missing several games with an injury and stopped 23 shots..

● recap, comprehensive box score
●Video highlights

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