Wednesday, June 21, 2017

5 Terriers named to World Jr. Summer Showcase roster; forward commits for 2017-18.

Five Terriers are on the Team USA roster for the new World Junior Summer Showcase, a four-team tournament organized by USA Hockey as a first step for picking the 2018 Junior National Team that will defend the title in the World Junior Championships. Sophomores Jake Oettinger and Patrick Harper (photo), returnees from last year’s Junior National Team, are joined on the showcase roster by classmate Chad Krys and incoming freshmen Brady Tkachuk and Logan Cockerill.  Former Terrier Kieffer Bellows is also rostered for Team USA.

The tournament in Plymouth, Michigan, set for the first week of August, will also have teams from Canada, Finland and Sweden. BU sophomore Dante Fabbro is a returnee for Canada, while freshman  Kasper Kotkansalo, who played for the 2017 gold medal Finland squad, is expected to return as well.
USA Hockey report, roster

NHL Draft
Buffalo Sabres Prospect Profile: David Farrance
The Hockey Writers Prospect Profile: Kotkansalo

Looking ahead
Melrose, Massachusetts native Jake Witkowski, a 5-10, right-shot forward, has committed to BU for 2017-18.  A four-year player at Malden Catholic where he won three Super 8 titles, he then played a PG season at Avon Old Farms and a season of junior hockey with BCHL Alberni Valley.

At AOF, he was a teammate of Harper, scoring 40 points (13G, 27A). Last season in the BCHL, Witkowski was the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 23 goals and 17 assists, centering the top line, recording two hat tricks and earning Player of the Week honors in December.
Boston Hockey Blog report
● NeutralZone report
● Aberni Valley stats
● Bulldog Blog Witkowski signing

Looking back
Steve Stirling, captain of the 1971 BU National Championship team, an All-American center with 70 points as a senior, has been named NCAA Recruitment coordinator and a professional scout for the Ottawa Senators. For the past seven years, Stirling has been an assistant coach for the AHL Binghamton Senators. Earlier, he had been head coach of the New York Islanders for a season and a half and a head coach in the German Elite League.
● report  

The Second Annual BU Hockey Elders & Friends Golf Outing was held this past Friday with seven foursomes teeing up at the Butter Brook Gold Club in Westford, Massachusetts. Participants included Terrier captains from 1970 (Larry Davenport), 1971 (Steve Stirling), 1972 (John Danby), 1973 (Dave Wisener) and 1974 (Eddie Walsh). 

Other BU hockey alumni participating were Steve Dolloff, Peter Yetten, Bob Gryp, Jerry Gryp, Jim Glover, Dan Brady, John Grady, Paul Giandomenico, Bob Murray, Rick Comfort, Tim Kimball, Billy Whelton, Peter Marshall, John Melanson, Chris Henes, Joe Robillard and Coach David Quinn. The “Friends” included UNH’s Dick Umile, Harvard’s David Hynes, Bob McManama and Kevin Hampe and BC's Jimmy Logue and Charlie Toczylowski.

Low team gross winners were (L-R) Grady, Walsh, Quinn, Murray. Walsh had the top gross score, 75, followed by Quinn at 77.

Event co-organizer Dolloff added that “After golf, we all headed to Peter Yetten's home, where he hosted a cookout and the old hockey tales were never ending.”

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