Friday, September 16, 2016

Q&A With the Captain; NCAA freshman rankings

With BU’s exhibition game against Prince Edward Island just two weeks away, THFB presents its annual captain’s Q&A, this year with senior defenseman Doyle Somerby

The Marblehead, Mass., native, who captained the 2012-13 Kimball Union Academy squad and was its top-scoring defenseman, is a New York Islanders draft pick (5thround, 2012 NHL draft). Somerby, a journalism major, was second in shots blocked (77) in Hockey East last season and twice was named a Hockey East Top Performer.
Q. As the captain of yet another very young team, with nine freshmen and eight sophomores, what are you and your assistants doing to build team  chemistry?
 A. To build chemistry in my mind, it doesn't matter what you are doing as long as you are together. The comfortability each player has with each other goes a long way throughout the season. So far, we just try and spend as much time throughout the week together, whether that comes from watching football on Saturdays and Sundays together or hanging out after practice. I am lucky enough to live close to campus, so this summer I was able to spend a good amount of time around the incomong freshmen when they were here for summer school.

Q. Since your arrival at BU, not only has your speed improved, but your agility as well. How did you achieve this and what areas are you looking to improve upon personally this season?
 A. Skating is a huge part of our teams success. The forwards that I am able to face on a daily basis are a huge part of my ability to improve year by year. Every summer I work with a guy named Adam Nicholas who has done a lot for me. I skate with him frequently throughout July and August and he is a major factor in my development. Also, the second that coaches are allowed on the ice with us, coach David Quinn has really pushed me throughout the year. His knowledge and experience in every defensive situation is beneficial for my growth as a player. The situations that he puts our defensemen in throughout practice allows us to improve our footwork and defensive play.   

►The ISS Scouting Service has issued its ranking of the top NCAA rookies for the 2016-17 season and five of the top 20 are Terrier freshmen. Forwards Clayton Keller and Kieffer Bellows (photo) and defenseman Dante Fabbro were numbers 2,3 and 4 in the ranking. Blueliner Chad Krys (11) and goalie Jake Oettinger (20) round out the five, which was the most of any program.
● College Hockey Inc. report

Looking back—Where are they now?   
Rhode Island Native John Bradley was a Terrier netminder on the 1990 and 1991 Frozen Four teams, who made 47 starts and won 25 games for BU, including the 4-3 overtime win over Maine in the 1991 Hockey East championship game. 

A Sabres draft pick, he played five seasons of minor league hockey, finishing with the Johnstown Chiefs. After serving as an assistant coach at Bishop McCort high school, Bradley assumed the head coaching spot and now begins his 23rd season behind the Crushers’ bench. During that span, he led the team to two Penguin Cup titles and two Pennsylvania state championships.

Bradley, who also owns Ziggy’s Sports in Johnstown, recently purchased—at auction—former Terrier and 1980 Olympic goalie Jim Craig’s leg pads from the “Miracle on Ice” Lake Placid games. The pads are part of a memorabilia display at Ziggy’s.
● Tribune-Democrat feature article
● Bradley career stats
● Bishop McCort bio

Looking back
All-American and two-time BU captain Matt Grzelcyk is on the Bruins roster for the rookie Prospects Challenge tournament in Buffalo, beginning today. In the games against the host Sabres, he’ll be defending against former teammates Evan Rodrigues and Matt Lane. ERod spent most of his first pro season with AHL Rochester, but was called up for Buffalo’s final two games and registered his first NHL goal and assist.

Another rookie tournament, hosted by Toronto in London, Ontario, also begins today and  will feature Pittsburgh and Ottawa rookies. Four former Terriers will participate: Sean Maguire (Pittsburgh), Cason Hohmann and J.J. Piccinich (Toronto) and Matt O’Connor (Ottawa). Former BU All-American and captain Steve Stirling is on the Senators coaching staff.

College Hockey Inc.s list of all 160 former college players currently in rookie camps

Women’s Team
Former BU standouts Marie-Philip Poulin and Jennifer Wakefield are among four top NCAA players who will be partnering with Bauer Hockey Equipment.

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— Alexis Crossley (@acrossley5) September 15, 2016

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