Jack Garrity was the most competitive player I ever played hockey with. He scored goals every which way. He was not a graceful skater, but was extremely strong on his skates His burning desire to win separated him from other players and he was a great teammate who will be missed. Another great teammate from the same team, Walt Anderson who also made All American, died a few months back. Not many of us left.
After college, Garrity became a coach and teacher at Archbishop Williams and Medford High School, as well as a referee. He continued to play organized hockey until he was 78 and skated with the Moby Dicks, who won the 65-and-over Snoopy Tournament in Santa Rosa, California.
● Garrity-Parker-Drury anecdote from 2009 Frozen Four (scroll down a bit)
● New York Times obituary
NHL Prospect rankings from Hockeysfuture.com
12. (NR) A.J. Greer, LW, 7.0D
Drafted 2nd round, 39th overall, 2015A.J. Greer spent his freshman season for the Boston University Terriers as the youngest forward in the nation. He could have returned to prep hockey and dominated but instead accelerated his studies so that he could play college hockey with the Terriers. Greer spent the majority of the 2014-15 season playing on the fourth line and even found himself a healthy scratch on some nights but as the season went on his hard work earned him more and more ice time. He is expected to compete for a top-six position next season as a sophomore.Greer made a name for himself at the Avalanche’s summer rookie camp and stood out from his peers. His effort level was far above anybody else’s and he used the opportunity to his advantage to display his skills and ferocious compete level.
7. (NR) Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, C, 7.0 BForsbacka-Karlsson has spent the last two seasons playing for the Omaha Lancers in the USHL. In 2014-15, he took his game to a new level scoring 53 points in just 50 games and exhibiting the type of playmaking ability that one would expect to suit a European-style game. He is over six feet tall at just 18 years old. Without a doubt, Forsbacka-Karlsson won’t be NHL-ready for many years, but he has fantastic potential.
Drafted 2nd round, 45th overall, 2015
5. (NR) Jordan Greenway, LW/RW, 7.5D
Drafted 2nd round, 50th overall, 2015Jordan Greenway has been on the Wild’s radar for quite a long time. A bantam standout at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, he was also a teammate of Alex Tuch’s in the 2013-14 with the U.S. National Development Team juniors. Last year he played both with the juniors and the US U18 squad and acquitted himself well. Greenway is a player who will need to focus on his skating and balance though. He will not be able to overpower players as easily in the college ranks, but the Boston University freshman will be intriguing to watch. He has the hands and the awareness to be a distributor, but his size and shot make it easy to imagine that he can have success from the slot as well. In all, Greenway is a player who will benefit greatly from some time in the college ranks. He could reward the Wild’s faith in the near future.
14. (11) Matt Grzelcyk, D, 7.0 C
Drafted 3rd round, 85th overall, 2012Grzelcyk was part of the Boston University team that went all the way to the Frozen Four final last season, along with fellow NHL prospects Matt O’Connor, Robbie Baillargeon and Jack Eichel. In one of the most dynamic offenses in the country, his numbers blossomed to 38 poionts (10 goals, 28 points) in 41 games. He also earned valuable leadership experience as the captain of the team. With a crowded blueline ahead of him in the depth chart, he will return to school for his senior year.
7. (4) Dan O’Regan, W/C, 7.0C
Drafted 5th round, 138th overall, 2012
2015-16 or 1 A.E. (After Eichel) is a big, show-me season for the offensively gifted and undersized O’Regan. He’ll be one of the main weapons on the Boston University Terriers this season after Jack Eichel’s departure to the NHL. As strong as O’Regan was last season, scoring 50 points in 41 games, he is going to have to show that he is more than a product of a superstar. The senior has a very complete skill set, and his defensive ability is very underrated (even as a freshman he outshone Matt Nieto). Not quite a first line talent, O’Regan could be another Matt Nieto type-tweener for the Sharks in the next few seasons.
SB Nation's Jeff Cox wrote:
No duo was as dangerous and as consistent of a threat over the weekend than BU commit Patrick Harper and Northeastern recruit Jamie Armstrong. The pair of '98s are linemates during the prep season at Avon Old Farms. Harper's elite speed and puck skills allow him to be a threat every time he touches the puck. He's the type of player that always seems to do something special with the puck on his stick. Armstrong does a nice job complimenting Harper with his power game and willingness to go to the net.
— River Rats Hockey (@NVRiverRats) September 6, 2015
►Chris Drury, BU’s all-time goal-scoring leader (113) and third in points (214), has returned to the hockey world four years after his retirement, assuming the job of director of player development for the New York Rangers. The three-time All-American played his final four NHL seasons with the Rangers, serving as captain for the last three. Renowned as a clutch performer, Drury scored 47 goals in 135 Stanley Cup Playoff games with 17 of them being game-winners. And he scored a few clutch goals as a Terrier, too.
● NHL.com report
● Blueshirts United report
● SNYRangers Blog report
● GoTerriers.com BU Athletics Hall of Fame page
►Former Terrier All-American Mike Grier guested on Sabres Hotline, offering his thoughts about Buffalo rookies Jack Eichel and Evan Rodrigues. This past summer he conducted a pro conditioning camp at BU along with another former BU All-American, Jay Pandolfo, and Hal Gill. Attendees included Eichel, Rodrigues, Keith Yandle and Patrice Bergeron. Grier, who became a fan favorite in Buffalo, opined that E-Rod was BU’s best player during the final month of last season, that he has the talent to reach the NHL and that a comparable is former Sabre Tim Connolly.