Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Strait and Wilson named to U.S. WJC team

Sophomore defenseman Brian Strait (photo, left) and freshman forward Colin Wilson were named today to Team U.S.A. for the upcoming World Junior Championships, beginning Dec. 26 in the Czech Republic. The 39th and 40th Terriers to play in the WJCs, both are products of the U.S. NTDP program and in 2006 were members of the gold-medal winning World U18 Championship team. The 2008 U.S. team is coached by ex-Terrier John Hynes, a member of BU’s 1995 NCAA championship team and current NTDP U18 head coach. Sophomore Luke Popko (photo, right) and freshman Kevin Shattenkirk also had been invited to the WJC tryout camp in August.

Meanwhile, the USA Hockey Web site takes a look at the playing and coaching careers of Hynes’ predecessor in the NTDP program, David Quinn, now the Terriers’ Assistant Head Coach. Quinn, a standout BU defenseman for three seasons, was also a member, in 1986, of the first 1986 WJC squad to win a medal, taking him the bronze.

In the pros
After finding the back of the net just twice in his first 21 games this season, Mike Grier scored in both of the Sharks' 3-2 wins over the Avalanche, yesterday and Friday.

Another ex-Terrier, Adrian Aucoin scored his fourth goal of the year Saturday in Calgary’s overtime loss to Columbus. Jay Pandolfo’s ironman streak of 307 consecutive games played for New Jersey ended after he suffered a pelvic/abdominal injury. He’s now missed two games and isn’t expected to play Wednesday against the Bruins.

1 comment:

Terrier Blogger said...

The third Hockey East player named to the U.S. WJC team, James Van Riemsdyk of UNH, was, like Strait and Wilson, a member of the gold-medal winning World U18 U.S. team in 2006.

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