Friday, December 18, 2015

Drury inducted into US Hockey Hall of Fame; Crocker receives Lester Patrick Award

Former Terrier captain, two-time first-team All-American, 1998 Hobey Baker Award winner, and all-time BU goal-scoring leader Chris Drury was inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame last night at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. Former Terrier Assistant Coach, Hartford Whalers' assistant GM and now “Dean of New England Scouts” Bob Crocker received the Lester Patrick Trophy for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.

Drury, the only player to have won the Hobey Baker Award and the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year, played 12 seasons with four NHL teams (Colorado, Calgary, Buffalo, Rangers), winning the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in 2001.  He was introduced by former BU coach Jack Parker in a video highlighting Drury's career. In his remarks, Drury paid tribute to many of his Terrier teammates and his coaches, as well as many others who supported his career, noting "The bonds you make in this game are second to none.

Crocker related anecdotes from his long career that made him a part of two NCAA championships at BU, three NHL Stanley Cups (Kings twice, Rangers) and a Calder Cup (Harford) and continues at age 87 as a Kings’ scout.

● features on Drury, Crocker
● remarks from Drury, Crocker and other honorees
● Buffalo Sabres feature on Drury
● USA Hockey Honorees at Bruins game

Among former Terrier players, coaches and manager at the event: Jack Parker, David Quinn, Brian Durocher, Steve Greeley, Travis Roy, Dennis O'Connell, Mike O'Connell,  Bill Berglund, Chris Henes, Larry Abbott, Steve Dolloff, John Danby, Tim Regan, John Grady, Peter Yetten, Joe Robillard, Don Cahoon, and Bob Murray.

►We’ve added a link to the list of VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS in the sidebar to the first episode BU Terriers All Access, the new must-watch news program dedicated to BU hockey that appears on NESN and online.

U.S. Junior National Team
Training camp continued at BU with a morning skate at Walter Brown Arena followed by a 7 p.m. game tonight against UMass at the Mullins Center. If you subscribe to TerrierTV, you can watch a live stream of the game for free on UMass All Access.

● USA Hockey: Day 2 highlights (video); WJC Notebook

Looking ahead
2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows is this week’s top draft prospect profile on  The left wing from Edina, Minnesota has 24 goals in 27 games for the NTDP U18s, after scoring 33 goals last season for USHL Clark Cup Champion Sioux Falls.  David Gregory of NHL Central Scouting:

"I think he's going to be the finisher and the sniper. He can play on the wing and if you have someone that can get him the puck, he's very adept at getting open for shooting lanes. He can distribute, but there are not many people that can shoot it like him and finish like him.”

Earlier prospect profiles have included Charlie McAvoy and 2016 recruit Dante Fabbro.’s recap of the NTDP U18s’ 4-1 win against Princeton last weekend includes very positive analyses of Bellows and fellow 2016 recruit Keller.

2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk (photo) assisted on two goals in the NTDP U17s’ 8-3 win against host team Slovakia in the Four Nations Tournament. David Farrance (2017) and Logan Cockerill (2018) each recorded one assist.

Hockey Canada looks at the path that Fabbro (photo) and his Penticton Vees teammate Tyler Jost are taking to the NHL draft, where both are projected to be first-round selections. Meanwhile, caught up with Fabbro at the World Junior A Challenge in Ontario where his Canada West squad will meet Russia for the tournament championship on Saturday.
Looking back
Former BU assistant coach and Northeastern head coach Ben Smith has been named to the IIHF Hall of Fame Class of 2016. An All-American at Harvard in the 1960s, Smith was a four-time U.S. Olympic women’s ice hockey coach and led the team to its first-ever gold medal in 1998.

Matt Nieto’s fourth goal of the season pulled San Jose even with Toronto in the third period and the Sharks went on to win in overtime, 5-4  

Jack Eichel notched his sixth assist of the season as Buffalo blanked Anaheim, 3-0.

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