Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Former Beanpot MVP Rausch now heads USA Hockey youth programs

ESPN hockey analyst John Buccigross, a youth hockey advocate who also coaches his son’s pee wee team, talked about recent changes to U.S. hockey programs at the earliest levels, with former Terrier forward and assistant coach Kenny Rausch, now USA Hockey’s manager of youth hockey.

Rausch, a walk-on speedster who became a fan favorite and an important cog on three Terrier Frozen Four teams—including the ’95 NCAA champs, had been an assistant coach at BU, Niagara and Lowell, before joining USA Hockey. At BU, he played both forward and defense. In his senior season, he scored the game-winning overtime goal against Minnesota in the Mariucci Classic, earned MVP honors in the final Beanpot Tournament played at the old Boston Garden and was named a Hockey East Distinguished Scholar.

Defensemen David Warsofsky and Garrett Noonan made the list of top performers in the last Hockey East Weekly release which includes national and conference individual and team statistics.

USCHO’s Hockey East Blog analyzed the up-and-down season of BU’s next opponent, arch-rival Boston College, who despite four conference losses, is tied with the Terriers for first place in Hockey East.

Jay Pandolfo, four games into his AHL season with the Springfield Falcons, talked with New England Hockey Journal about the challenge of trying to stay in shape on your own, waiting for a team to call.

The Boston Globe’s Fluto Shinzawa reports on the Bruins’ acquisition of Colby Cohen.

Women’s team
The Daily Free Press recapped the women’s team’s sweep of Princeton.

Freshman Marie-Philip Poulin, who had four assists in the wins against Princeton, earned Hockey East Pro Ambitions Rookie of the Week honors. She’s the national leader in points per game for freshmen with 1.92 (11-23-23 in 12 games)

Freshman goal Kerrin Sperry, sporting an 8-0-2 record and a 1.58 goals against average, was named co-winner of Hockey East’s Rookie of the Month for November.

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