Monday, June 15, 2015

Cockerill to NTDP; BU alums take on BC

According to Lincoln Stars blogger Tim Sattler, BU 2018 recruit—and Stars’ first-round pick in the recent USHL Phase 2 draft—Logan Cockerill did not attend Lincoln tryout camp and will instead join the NTDP U17s beginning this fall.

The 5’9” left-shot forward from Michigan, who scored 59 points in 65 games for the Belle Tire 16Us, had committed to BU this past March after a strong performance at the Beantown Spring Classic. He also had received full-scholarship offers from BC and from Northeastern, where his brother Garrett plays, as well.

USHR review of Beantown Spring Classic:

Logan Cockerill, ’99 LF, 5-9/155, #12 Red – Had a remarkable weekend. Belle Tire U16 forward came east to showcase himself – and did all of that. Has speed, quick hands, and hustles like mad. Just flies around – but with purpose. Made some really nice plays. A point producer. After the tournament, he committed to Boston University, for fall ’18.

Cockerill will join two other Terrier recruits on the 2015-16 U17s squad: blueliner David Farrance, who earned USPHL 16U MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors while scoring 52 points for Syracuse; and recent commit Brady Tkachuk, who racked up 43 points (15G, 28A) in 30 games for the St. Louis AAA Blues U16s.

BU also has three committed recruits on the next U18 squad: Clayton Keller, who led the U17s in scoring last season and joined the U18 for the IIHF World U18 championships, won by Team USA; left wing Kieffer Bellows, the USHL rookie of the year who was added to the U18s last week; and recent commit goalie Jake Oettinger who led the U17s in wins (10), GAA (2.57) and save percentage (.917) 

Looking back
The AHL season has ended with the Manchester Monarchs, including former Terrier David van der Gulik, winning the Calder Cup. VDG, who had signed as a free agent with the Monarchs parent, the Los Angeles Kings, scored 25 points in 57 games for Manchester and made one start for the Kings. Former BU captain Freddy Meyer is an assistant coach for the Monarchs.

Manchester defeated the Utica Comets, four games to one, in the final. Utica’s roster included former Terrier Adam Clendening, who split the season between Utica and Vancouver after the Canucks acquired him from the Blackhawks.

The Monarchs have played their last season in Manchester as the franchise will move to Ontario, Calif., next season.

► Former BU and BC standouts will take to the ice at Walter Brown Arena on July 10 for the first annual Commonwealth Avenue Classic, which will benefit Compassionate Care ALS. The Terrier line-up will include six former All-Americans: Scott Young (currently BU Director of Hockey Operations); Shawn MacEachern (now coach of the Rivers School); recently retired Tom Poti; former NJ Devil and Bruin Jay Pandolfo (photo), former Bruin Chris Kelleher, and 10-year NHLer Meyer. Also wearing Scarlet will be Clendening, Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle, Hartford Wolfpack forward Chris Bourque and Wade Megan, who recently signed with AHL Portland.

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