Saturday, May 27, 2017

Bonino vs. Wilson in Cup final; Bellows departs

With the Penguins earning a return to the Stanley Cup finals by eliminating Ottawa in a double-overtime seventh-game win, two former BU teammates, Pittsburgh’s Nick Bonino and Nashville’s Colin Wilson, will compete for Lord Stanley’s Cup. On the Terriers’ 2009 national championship squad, Wilson was the team’s top scorer with 55 points followed by Bonino with 50.  

The BU connections to the Cup Final, which begins on Monday, go beyond the two skaters.  Former Terrier captain Mike Sullivan is the Penguins’ head coach; while Paul Fenton is the Predators’ assistant general manager and Jeff Kealty is Nashville’s chief amateur scout.

Blog contributor Neal Boudette recently profiled Sullivan for Bostonia: How to win a Stanley Cup

● College Hockey Inc.  Cup Final full of NCAA storylines

According to reports on the College Blog and in the Boston Globe, freshman Kieffer Bellows has left the Terrier program.  A first-round draft pick of the Islanders last June, Bellows scored seven goals and seven assists with 40 penalty minutes in 34 games. The left wing from Edina, Minnesota, who is expected to join the WHL Portland Winterhawks, struggled to find consistency in his game and was a healthy scratch in five games.
● College Blog report
● Boston Globe report

Looking back
Former Terrier co-captain and Hobey Baker Award winner on the 2009 national title squad Matt Gilroy has been named to the 2017 BU Athletics Hall of Fame class. A walk-on forward who converted to defense, Gilroy would become a three-time All-American and the first defenseman to be named All-Hockey East first team three times. He set up Bonino's game-tying tally (occurring at the 5:04 mark in this video) in the final seconds of regulation against Miami in the 2009 championship game, which BU won in overtime. Now in his second season with Moscow Spartak of the KHL, he previously played in the NHL for the New York Rangers, Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Florida.
● report

There are three former Terriers in the AHL Calder Cup semifinals: John McCarthy and Danny O’Regan with San Jose and Matt Grzelcyk with Providence.  Both teams trail their series, 3-1.

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