Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Eruzione bio; Mastrosimone back on the ice; Shattenkirk joins Tampa Bay UPDATED

Last week, blog contributor Neal Boudette announced the January 28 publication date for the Mike Eruzione autobiography he co-authored.  A book signing event may be planned for a Terrier home game.


Trevor Zegras had a strong WJSS camp, impressing in the international games. Alex Vlasic and Case McCarthy skated in the USA intersquad games, but were left off the final roster. 


East Islip, N.Y. forward Robert Mastrosimone is back in action, recovered from a broken ankle suffered while blocking a shot at Red Wings’ development camp.


Mastrosimone told NHL.com that he’s anxious to be part of the BU-BC rivalry. Detroit GM Steve Yzerman commented: "He's really a skilled, competitive kid with great hands and great hockey sense. He needs to fill out, but his skill level and hands are exciting."
● NHL.com report

Looking ahead
A pair of 2020 recruits, transfer forward Jay O’Brien and defenseman Cade Webber will spent the upcoming season in the BCHL with perennial powerhouse Penticton. Longtime Vees’ coach Fred Harbinson provides an early assessment on his 2019-20 first-year players.


Another Long Islander, 2023 recruit Ryan Fine (Mid-Fairfield Rangers, Center Moriches, N.Y.) is rostered at the elite STX 68 Combine for '05 birthdates. 2021 recruits Tyler Boucher and Jeremy Wilmer and 2022 recruit Devin Kaplan participated in this event in recent years.

Looking back
Former Terrier captain and All-American Kevin Shattenkirk, whose contract was bought out by the Rangers, was snapped up quickly by Tampa Bay. He signed a one-year, $1.75M deal
 NHL.com report

Dante Fabbro, who joined Nashville after BU’s season ended and skated for the Predators in the playoffs, took NHL.com to the rink in Burnaby, B.C., where his hockey career began.
 NHL.com video

Wade Megan, who captained the Terriers in Coach Jack Parker’s final season behind the bench (2012-13), is retiring after a six-season pro career. He spent most of last season with the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids as well as 11 games with Detroit. Originally drafted by Florida, Megan played 15 NHL games and scored his only NHL goal with St. Louis in 2017.
Mlive.com report
Elite Prospects page


Monday, July 29, 2019

O’Connell’s Eleven



Photo by Dan Hickling
Head coach Albie O’Connell’s 10-man freshman class, announced last week, grew to 11 with a commitment from left-shot center Sam Stevens, a former Wisconsin recruit.



A 2000 birthdate, born in Montreal and now residing in Boston, the 6’1”, 184 lb. Stevens is a dual citizen who has represented both the U.S. and Canada in tournaments, including the Quebec International PeeWee and the WSI-U15. 




Last he played for USHL Sioux Falls, along with fellow freshman Ethan Phillips and produced 25 points with eight goals in the final month-and-a-half of the season. Stevens added four points in the Stampede’s three-game sweep of Chicago in the Clark Cup finals, including a shot off a faceoff in game two and a breakaway short-hander in game three.


Previously, Stevens played two seasons at Shattuck St. Mary's, scoring 52 points for the 16U team and then 55 points for the prep squad. 

At the 2017 Select 16s, Jeff Cox noted that Stevens, who scored nine points in five games, "has good size and can really fire the puck. He's good below the dots and has hands that allow him to maneuver and find corners even in traffic."
● Elite Prospects page
● USHL stats page 


Looking back

New England Hockey Journal reports that a pair of Terrier standouts, Mike Grier and Scott Lachance, teamed up to coach Total Pro Evaluations to the ’03 Division in the Battle of Boston tournament this past weekend. Grier, an assistant coach with the NJ Devils, and Lachance, an amateur scout for New Jersey, each had a son on the team: St. Sebastian’s forward Jayden Grier and Tabor Academy forward Shane Lachance, who also is the grandson of Terrier legend Jack Parker.   

Women’s Team

Coach Brian Durocher has announced a five-member freshman class for the 2019-20 squad. It features three forwards, Haylee Blinkhorn, Brooke Ersoy and Julia Nearis, and two blueliners, Nadia Mattivi, Grace Parker. 
● GoTerriers.com report and player thumbnails  

The IceGarden.com listed Terrier forwards Sammy Davis and Jesse Compher among the players with the best breakout performances of 2018-19 in women’s NCAA hockey.

Compher led BU in points with 61, while Davis had a team-high 25 goals.

 


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