Friday, April 08, 2016

All-American honors for Grzelcyk & O'Regan; Rodrigues set for NHL debut;

Seniors Matt Grzelcyk and Danny O'Regan have been named CCM All-Americans by the ACHA. Grzelcyk, who earlier in the week signed a contract with the Bruins, repeated as a first-team All-American, while O'Regan, who inked an ELC with San Jose, was named to the second team.  (More coverage to follow) report
SB Nation ACHA All-Americans 

Former Terrier standout Evan Rodrigues has been recalled to the Buffalo Sabres and is scheduled to make his NHL debut tonight when the club hosts Columbus. Rodrigues, who rejoins Terrier teammate and line mate Jack Eichel in Buffalo, was the NCAA’s second leading scorer a year ago with 61 points. This season, he has 28 points (9G, 19A) for the Rochester Americans and is the Amerks second leading rookie scorer.
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● Interview with Rodrigues (video)

Former Terrier and New Jersey Devils’ coach John Hynes has been named head coach for Team USA in the IIHF World Championships, which begin May 6 in Moscow and St. Petersburg. A member of BU’s 1995 national championship team, Hynes began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for the Terriers after an injury cut short his playing career. Hynes is in his first season behind the New Jersey bench following six seasons with Pittsburgh’s AHL affiliate.  He also spent six seasons as head coach of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program.
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USA Today report

Looking ahead
Four of the 12 forwards named to the 2016-17 NTDP U17 squad are future Terriers: 2018 recruits Jake Wise, Tyler Weiss and Jack DeBoer, and 2019 recruit Joel Farabee (photo).

DeBoer skated in 24 games with Salisbury Prep in Connecticut with a 9-4-13 scoring line. Farabee totaled 125 points (49-76) in 66 contests with Selects Academy 16U in Connecticut and nearly averaged two points per game in USPHL play. Weiss played for the Don Mills Flyers midget minor program and, in 52 games, netted 28 goals and registered 35 assists.  Wise notched 19 goals and collected 27 assists in 22 games with Central Catholic High School in Massachusetts. .

Wise (left), DeBoer (center) and Weiss (right) helped lead Team USA to a gold medal in February’s Youth Olympic Games in Norway.

● USA Hockey report

The Hockey Writers looked at 2016 recruit Dante Fabbro for its draft profile series. The 6'1", 190 lb., right-shot blueliner, scored 67 points (14G, 53A) for the Penticton Vees, en route to being named the BCHL's top defenseman.

"He plays with poise and makes mature, high-percentage decisions under pressure. In his own end, he is proactive with both his body and stick, and does everything right to interrupt passing lanes and win back possession. With the puck on his stick, he is mobile at an elite level and can direct plays like a quarterback. He possesses a hard and accurate release on his shot, that he gets off quickly and on-net. All-in-all, a complete defenseman that plays a refined game at both ends of the ice.”

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