Monday, September 21, 2015

Media Day At TD Garden--UPDATED

The 2015 Hockey East Coaches Poll, revealed at TD Garden during Media Day, ranked the Terriers at #2 behind BC, just like the Media Poll we posted yesterday. The coaches had the same top four as the media, but with defending national champion Providence third and Lowell fourth. Northeastern, New Hampshire and Notre Dame were closely bunched at 5-6-7, with Vermont, UConn, Maine, Merrimack and Massachusetts following. BU received three first-place votes, while the Eagles garnered seven and the Friars two.

During the Media Day activities, Head Coach David Quinn discussed the team’s success last season:  A 28-8-5 overall record, a Hockey East championship, and reaching the NCAA title game—and the challenge to continue that success:

"It was probably the most enjoyable year I had coaching, but I think a lot of the guys are past that. I know talking to our seniors and our captains, they're looking forward to getting back on the ice and starting a whole new year.”

Quinn also addressed senior captain, Beanpot MVP and All-American defenseman Matt Grzelcyk, who has resumed skating after a knee surgery in April had kept him off the ice all summer.  With the luxury of five other returning defenseman plus incoming freshmen Charlie McAvoy and Shane Switzer, Quinn wants to “err on the side of caution,” adding “There’s no real set timetable, but when he is out there, I want him to be 100 percent — mentally and physically — convinced that this is the right time to come back."

Senior Danny O’Regan, coming off a 50 point season, added:

There’s definitely a bad taste in our mouths right now. We have something to prove to be as good as last year without a couple of the big guys we lost. We’re all really hungry for it and I think we’re going to have a good year.”

● poll results
Daily Free Press report with Quinn comments 
● WEEI College blog report

This evening, BU issued its 2015-16 Hockey Prospectus and its numerical roster. The 22-page prospectus includes player and coaching staff bios, stats from last season and a preview of the upcoming campaign. Note that senior Ahti Oksanen switched numbers from #2 to #17.  You can also find the Prospectus in the Links section of the blog's sidebar
Go Media Day report, Prospectus and Numerical Roster

►Hockey East also revealed the conference’s composite schedule for the 2015-16 season that begins on Oct. 3, as well as a new partnership with American Sports Network to produce and televise 14 games this season. Included are four BU games (@ Providence, 11/13; vs. Michigan, 11/20; @ BC, 1/15; and @ New Hampshire, 2/19) and the Women’s Hockey East Championship game.
● Composite schedule (pdf) 

There was news on two other hockey conferences today as well. The WCHA’s coaches and media poll results were in agreement with Minnesota State the choice to repeat as conference champs. The coaches ranked Bowling Green #2, while the media pegged Michigan Tech as the runner-up.

SB Nation’s preseason All ECAC Team includes players from Harvard, Yale, Quinnipiac and Union—all teams that BU will play on the road this season. The Terriers open their season against the Dutchmen on Oct. 10.

Looking back
Jack Eichel assisted on the tying goal in the third period and then scored the game-winner--
shorthanded--to lead the Sabres past Minnesota, 3-2, in Buffalo's exhibition opener. recap 
CBS Eye on Sports report and video of GWG

The Pittsburgh Tribune talked with Nick Bonino and Penguins coach Mike Johnson about the former BU scoring leader's role this season.
Women's Team
The four-time defending Hockey East champion Terriers were ranked #2 in the 2015-16 Coaches Poll. report


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