Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Terriers on top in Coaches’ Poll; BU announces free, worldwide streaming of games--UPDATED

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At Hockey East’s Media Day at TD Garden, the conference’s coaches' preseason poll gave BU the top spot with ten out of a possible eleven first place-votes. Defending Hockey East champion Northeastern and lame duck Notre Dame tied for second, followed by Lowell, Providence and BC in the top six. Coach David Quinn told the media:

“We’re a little deeper up front than we have been and I really anticipate (Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson) taking his talent to the next level. But we have a lot of guys like Jordan Greenway and Bobo Carpenter. The guys understand we have competition on the blue line with eight players and there’s going to be two guys who won’t be playing every night. That will elevate the play in practice and the games.”

Assistant captain Nikolas Olsson, addressing the poll results, added:

“We want to hold ourselves to our own standard, so we don’t want to pay attention to what everyone else expects us to do. We tune everything out and when we’re all in the locker room, we have a saying of, ‘Close that up and everything that’s in here matters – this is what matters, whatever is outside doesn’t.’ If we can figure out our affairs in here, then we can do great things.”

►Conference Commissioner Joe Bertagna, whose contract was extended through 2019-20, announced that when Notre Dame leaves for the Big Ten, Hockey East will stay at 11 teams for the foreseeable future. In 2017-18, all eleven teams will make the conference playoffs with the top five earning a first-round bye.

►Hockey East also announced a 14-game NESN/ASN TV schedule, which will include three BU games: Jan. 16 at BC; Feb. 17 hosting New Hampshire; and Feb. 24 hosting Notre Dame. The last two games are 6 p.m. starts.
● HockeyEastOnline Coaches’ Preseason Poll , Composite Schedule and TV Schedule
GoTerriers.com report
● Boston Herald report
● USCHO report
Boston Hockey Blog report
● College Hockey News report on possible future expansion of Hockey East

New HD Streaming of Home Games
BU Athletic Director Drew Marrochello announced a new partnership with Campus Insiders to live-stream 32 men's and women's ice hockey home games. The high-definition broadcasts will be available online worldwide, free of charge and will be accessible as archives as well. All 17 women's home games and 15 men's home games will be live-streamed on the Campus Insiders network, which also streams many other BU varsity sports through the Patriot League partnership.
● GoTerriers.com report

Looking ahead
USHL.com featured 2017 recruit Brady Tkachuk's first-period power-play goal in Saturday's 5-3 win against Youngstown.

Looking back
Former Terrier Ken Rausch has been promoted to Director of Youth Hockey at USA Hockey. A forward--and emergency defenseman--on BU's 1995 national championship team, Rausch joined the USA Hockey staff in 2009. After playing on three Terrier Frozen Four squads, he joined Jack Parker's coaching staff and later was an assistant at Lowell, Babson and Niagara.

Matt Lane, who signed an AHL contract with Sabres' affiliate Rochester, talked with his hometown newspaper about his first pro training camp.
Democrat & Chronicle report

Women’s Team  
Hockey East announced that BU will host the 2017 Hockey East Championship Weekend. The semifinals and title game will be played at Walter Brown Arena on March 4 & 5.  BU last hosted championship weekend in 2011.
● HockeyEastOnline report
● GoTerriers.com report

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