Friday, April 05, 2013

Quinn dishes on coaching philosphy

USCHO’s BU Hockey beat reporter Scott Weighart interviewed new Terriers Head Coach David Quinn, gaining some insights about the 46-year old Rhode Island native’s coaching and decision-making philosophies. Here are a few excerpts:

On his growth as a coach since 2009
“Without question, when you’re able to coach 80 games a year for three years, that’s 240 hockey games,” he said. “That’s almost six or seven college seasons. You just learn an awful lot. You go through all of those experiences, making decisions — making decisions that don’t work and learning from it.

“Without question, I’m a much better coach than I was four years ago because that’s all I’ve done for four years. When you’re an associate coach or assistant coach at the college level, so many of your responsibilities are recruiting. You’re getting your coaching in around the recruiting.”

On what his AHL and NHL experience will mean to current and future Terriers
“It certainly will help as we recruit high-level kids who aspire to play in the National Hockey League. They need to realize how difficult it is to be an NHLer. A lot of guys assume they’re going to make it because they’re drafted in a certain spot. They need to realize they have a three- or four-year window to make it because in that time you have more drafts and more prospects.’

Freshman Danny O’Regan was named Hockey East Rookie of the Month   after scoring 11 points (4g, 7a), including three game-winning goals, to lead BU to a 6-2 record in March. The Terriers top scorer for the season with 38 points, O’Regan claimed the same honor in January with identical numbers.  Previously he was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and the College Hockey News All-Rookie Team. report.

Looking back
Matt Nieto scored his first professional goal, banging a rebound past Rick DiPietro on a power play, in Worcester’s 6-3 loss to Bridgeport. DiPietro stopped 27 shots en route to his seventh win for the Sound Tigers. Recap

Kevin Shattenkirk’s goal in the sixth shootout round gave St. Louis a 4-3 (recap and video) over Chicago.

Women’s Team
Terriers past and present continue to power Team Canada in the IIHF World Championships. In Wednesday’s 13-0 thrashing of Switzerland, BU co-captain Marie-Philip Poulin’s four goals equaled a Canadian women’s hockey team record for most goals in a world championship game. Former Terrier captain Jenn Wakefield scored the game-winner and added two assists, while Catherine Ward contributed an assist. Canada takes on Finland tonight.
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●Hockey Canada recap

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