Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Travis Roy gala raises $1+million; Greeley talks recruiting reviews yesterday’s Travis Roy Day in Boston and last night’s fundraising event at Agganis Arena and provides a bushel of links to related news coverage of the event.

In case you missed it, within Mike Morreale’s story on Travis Roy and the Tuesday night fundraiser, there’s a sidebar story on his relationship with Jack Parker.  

  People Magazine feature article

ESPN’s E:60 Travis Roy (video)    

►WEEI’s Scott McLaughlin interviewed former Associate Head Coach  Steve Greeley for his weekly College Puckcast and the focus was on BU recruiting. The segment begins around the 30-minute mark of the one-hour podcast and offers insights about last year’s and this year’s recruits as well as those coming next year. Greeley, who was at BU for last weekend’s games, left BU this past summer to become Assistant Director of Player Personnel for the New York Rangers.

As part of a 17-game Hockey East schedule, NESN will televise four regular-season BU games in addition to the Beanpot Tournament and the Hockey East semis and final. All four are the games on the ASN schedule: @Providence on 11/13; vs. Michigan on 11/20; @BC on 1/15 and @UNH on Feb. 19.
●HockeyEastOnline report and  schedule

Looking ahead
USA Hockey profiles 2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows who is off to a blazing start for the NTDP U18s, scoring 11 goals in 11 games including four in the team’s wins against BU and Dartmouth. Bellows set a USHL record last season with the most goals (33) for a 16 year old, earning league Rookie of the Year honors.

The Neponset Valley River Rats named 2017 recruit Patrick Harper as Rat of the Week

Congrats to Rat of the Week winner Patrick Harper of the U18 Team. Harper, the BU recruit and Avon Old Farms product, was at the top of his game this weekend. In Saturdays 5-1 win over Eastern Mass Senators, he helped lead the U18 team with 1 goal and 1 assist. On Sunday though is when he shined, in front of many NHL scouts and against River Rat main rival Cape Cod Whalers. Harper scored 3 goals and added an assist in a big 5-1 win over the Whalers. Harper dominated the game in every aspect, scoring 2 highlight reel goals along the way.

On the season, in the big games, Harper, who many consider New England U18s’ top player, has shined brightest. In the two biggest games of the year, against Mid Fairfield at the Jamboree and against Cape Cod Whalers at the Mass Select Showcase, he’s had 4 points in each game. On the season, Harper leads the U18 Rats with 12 goals and 21 assists in 18 games played. The U18 Rats are 13-1-3-1 in those games. 

Looking back
The Hockey News’s special "Dream Teams" issue includes a BU-NHL All-Star team. It’s comprised of forwards Keith Tkachuk, Tony Amonte and Chris Drury (photo) with Kevin Shattenkirk and Scott Lachance on defense and Rick DiPietro in goal. An honorable mention team has John Cullen, Shawn McEachern and current BU Assistant Coach Scott Young at forward, Tom Poti and Ryan Whitney on defense and Jim Craig in goal. THN picked AJ Greer as a BU player to watch, while the publication identified three defining moments for the program: BU’ first NCAA title in 1971; its third title— won against BC—in 1978 and Jack Eichel's Hobey Baker winning 2014-15 season.

Sports Illustrated looks at the influence on Eichel of his father, Bob, during the Sabres road trip to Florida.

Former BU captain Wade Megan’s first goal of the season was the game-winner as AHL Portland edged Hershey, 3-2.

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