Wednesday, September 09, 2015

BU legend Jack Garrity passes away at 89; Terriers rank high on NHL prospect lists UPDATED

Jack Garrity, BU’s first two-time All-American who set a national scoring record in 1949-50 with 84 points, passed away on August 31. He was 89 years old. The Medford, Massachusetts native served in the U.S. Army and skated for Team USA in the 1948 Olympic games prior to his arrival at BU in the fall of 1948. After a season of freshman hockey, he racked up 85 goals in two varsity seasons.  Garrity, along with All-Americans Ralph “Ike” Bevins, multi-sport star Walt Anderson and All-East defenseman Jack Kelley (later BU head coach for a decade), led the Terriers to their first two Frozen Four appearances in 1950 and 1951.Said Kelley: 
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.  
Garrity was prominently featured in a 1951 Life Magazine article on college hockey in Boston.

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.

An active BU alum, Garrity was summoned from his Florida home in April 2009 by then coach Jack Parker to provide a stirring pep talk to the 2009 Terriers at the Washington, D.C. Frozen Four where a miracle comeback brought BU its fifth NCAA title.
Garrity was inducted into the BU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1959 and the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986. His Wikipedia bio provides details of his long career in hockey. The family will hold a celebration of Jack's life at the Milton Academy Chapel in Milton, Massachusetts on December 12, 2015. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of B.U. Hockey. 
Garrity-Parker-Drury anecdote from 2009 Frozen Four  (scroll down a bit)
New York Times obituary 

NHL Prospect rankings from
The family will hold a celebration of Jack's life at the Milton Academy Chapel in Milton, MA on December 12, 2015. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Friends of B.U. Hockey. - See more at:
►Sophomore AJ Greer, an Avalanche second-round draft pick who impressed at the team’s development camp, is ranked by as Colorado’s 12th best prospect.

12. (NR) A.J. Greer, LW, 7.0D
Drafted 2nd round, 39th overall, 2015
A.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.

Freshmen Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson and Jordan Greenway also were given strong rankings. JFK also had a strong development camp, earning a #7 prospect ranking. Greenway, the third Terrier taken in the second round of the 2015 entry draft, is a unique combination of size and skill who projected as Minnesota’s #5 prospect.

7. (NR) Jakob Forsbacka-Karlsson, C, 7.0 B
Drafted 2nd round, 45th overall, 2015
Forsbacka-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.

5. (NR) Jordan Greenway, LW/RW, 7.5D
Drafted 2nd round, 50th overall, 2015
Jordan 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.

In addition, Matt Grzelcyk, returning for his senior season and a second turn as Terrier captain after earning first-team All American honors, was the Bruins’ #14 prospect.

14. (11) Matt Grzelcyk, D, 7.0 C
Drafted 3rd round, 85th overall, 2012
Grzelcyk 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.

Another senior, Danny O’Regan, returning after a 50-point season, was rated #7 among San Jose prospects.

 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.

Looking ahead
2017 recruit Patrick Harper led the Neponset Valley River Rats 18Us to the championship game of the Tier 1 Labor Day Faceoff. The 5’8” forward from New Canaan, Connecticut scored a highlight-reel goal, then added a second goal and an assist in Sunday’s 5-1 win against Suffolk PAL. In the championship game against the NEFPHL Selects, he scored in the shootout, which was won by the Selects, 3-2.

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.

2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows was a guest on The Pipeline Show Tuesday night. The 6’0”, 185 lb. left-shot forward, who has joined the NTDP U18s this season, earned USHL Rookie of the Year honors while helping the Sioux Falls Stampede win the Clark Cup with a 33-19-52 scoring line in 58 games plus nine goals in the playoffs. The Edina, Minnesota native joins three other 2016 recruits—Clayton Keller, Chad Krys and Jake Oettinger—on the U18s who will play an exhibition game against BU at Agganis Arena on Friday, Oct. 16.  During the interview, Bellows confirmed that he is “100%” set on playing at BU.

Looking back
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.

● report 
● Blueshirts United report  
SNYRangers Blog report   
● 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.
Sabres Hotline interview (audio)

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