Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Terriers to begin season ranked #3--UPDATED

The Terriers were ranked #3 in the first USCHO poll of the season, announced yesterday. BU, which received six first-place votes and trailed only top-ranked BC and Minnesota Duluth, will face eight of the top 20 ranked teams during the regular season: the BC Eagles, #5 Denver, #7 Providence, #8 Harvard, #12 Yale, #13 Michigan, #14 Lowell, and #18 Quinnipiac.
● USCHO poll and analysis
► The Big 10 Conference’s media poll ranked Michigan #1 followed by Minnesota and Michigan State. BU will host the Wolverines on Nov. 20 and 21, while the Terriers’ home opener on Oct. 17 comes against another Big 10 school, Wisconsin.
Looking ahead
NHL Central Scouting has issued its Preliminary Players to Watch report for the 2016 draft, which includes freshman defenseman Charlie McAvoy, four 2016 recruits and one 2017 recruit. Of the 24 "A" ratings given out, three went to Terriers.

Long Island native McAvoy is the only Hockey East player to receive an A rating. NTDP U18 forwards Kieffer Bellows and Clayton Keller earned A ratings, while their teammate, defenseman Chad Krys (photo courtesy of Tom Sorensen), received a B. Forward John McDermott, a 6'1" center in his senior year at The Westminster School, received a C rating, as did 2017 recruit Patrick Harper who led Avon Old Farms in scoring last season with 47 points in 22 games.
SB Nation report on players to watch

Looking back
The Boston Globe’s Marvin Pave authored a retrospective on the life and hockey career of two-time All-American Jack Garrity, who passed away on Aug. 31 at age 89. The Medford, Massachusetts native scored 51 goals and 84 points as a sophomore in 1949-50, leading BU to the Frozen Four, along with Jack Kelley, Walt Anderson and Ike Bevins.  Garrity had arrived at BU in 1948 as a 22 year old, having served in the Army Air Corp following high school and then skating for the U.S. National Team in the 1948 Olympic Games in Switzerland.  After graduating BU in three years, he went on to a 40-year teaching and coaching career and played adult hockey until he was 78.
● Garrity wikipedia bio

After the first round of training camp cuts, Evan Rodrigues remains in the Sabres main camp, having earned kudos from Coach Dan Bylsma:

“This camp and rookie camp he’s gotten to the inside. You can see there’s some jam and some jump in this guy’s game. He’s really shown really quite well in the days that he’s been here and he will get a chance to play in another game.”

● Sabres.NHL.com report

Former Terrier captain and Olympian Kevin Shattenkirk, recovered from the injury that cost him 25 games last season (following the best start of his NHL career) is healthy and talks about putting together an "elite" season on the St. Louis blueline.
NHL.com report

Former Terrier captain and Bruins head coach Mike Sullivan began his first training camp as head coach of the AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins.  In July, Sullivan ran the Penguins Development Camp, which was attended by Terrier goalie Sean Maguire.

Back in Pittsburgh with the Penguins varsity, Nick Bonino made his preseason debut after being out with the flu.  Coach Mike Johnston discussed what the former Terrier standout brings to the team.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report

Among the 47 players in Pittsburgh's camp is former Terrier Sahir Gill, who played 12 games with the Baby Pens last season, as well as 25 with AHL Hamilton and 26 with ECHL Wheeling.
● Times-Tribune report

Charlie Coyle talked with ThePinkPuck.com about his path from street hockey to the NHL.

Women’s Team
Coach Brian Durocher talked with the Daily Free Press about the team’s deep pool of talented forwards.

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