Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Former Terrier Fenton named Minnesota Wild GM; Who's next for BU?

Yesterday, a former Terrier skater from the 1980s was named to an NHL team leadership position….only it wasn’t David Quinn.  Paul Fenton was announced as the new general manager of the Minnesota Wild following 14 seasons in the Nashville Predators’ front office, 12 as assistant general manager to Dave Poile. He is credited with several of the trades that helped bring the Predators to last year’s Stanley Cup final.

Fenton, a Springfield, Massachusetts native skated as a forward for BU, tallying 74 points over three seasons (1979-82), one shortened due to injury.  He began his pro career with the IHL Peoria Prancers, scoring 111 points in 1982-83, before advancing to the NHL where he played 411 games for seven teams including Hartford, the Rangers, Los Angeles and Winnipeg.

Fenton spent 20 seasons with the Nashville organization, serving as general manager of the team’s AHL affiliate in Milwaukee along with his duties as Preds’ assistant GM.

Former Terrier Charlie Coyle has been with the Wild since 2012, while this past season’s BU co-MVP, Jordan Greenway, signed with the Wild at the end of the past season.
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David Quinn is expected to be announced as the new head coach of the New York Rangers later this week or early next week. His departure, after five seasons at BU, has led to much speculation about his successor behind the Terrier bench.

● New England Hockey Journal  Who should replace David Quinn at BU?

Looking ahead

Among the Massachusetts players invited to the USA Hockey Festival Nation Camps are BU recruits Braden Doyle and Cade Webber, defensemen in the ’01 birthdate group. Doyle plays for Lawrence Academy and was its top-scoring defenseman with 24 points. Webber skates for The Rivers School under former Terrier All-American Shawn McEachern and had 10 points.  A festival invitee in the 2002 is David Sacco, whose father, David Sacco, was a two-time All-American and second in career scoring at BU with 217 points.

Looking back

Nick Bonino’s power play goal was the game-winner for Team USA, which defeated Canada, 4-1, in the bronze medal game of the IIHF World Championships in Denmark. Bonino’s goal in the third period broke a 1-1 tie and was followed by two empty netters.

Bonino and Charlie McAvoy were the BU alums skating for Team USA. With nine points (3g,6A) including an assist in the bronze medal game, McAvoy tied for the tournament lead in points by a defenseman. report

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