Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Former Friar O'Brien to join BU for '20-'21

NeutralZone is reporting that former Providence College center and 2018 first-round draft pick of the Flyers (#19 overall) Jay O’Brien has committed to BU for the 2020-21 season. The 5-11, 180 lb. right-shot from Hingham, Mass., will spend next season in the BCHL, skating for Penticton, along with BU 2020 recruit Cade Webber.

️ Jay O’Brien is headed to BU in 2020 after a year in the BCHL. The first round NHL pick is big, strong and sees the whole ice. Played at Providence this season. Roster from @Militia_Hockey 👤 https://t.co/gq1mVl6wjOpic.twitter.com/sUVWV9Yf6t
— Neutral Zone (@_Neutral_Zone) June 17, 2019

O’Brien struggled during his freshman season with the Friars, scoring five points (2G,3A) in 25 games. New England Hockey Journal reported that “An early season hit to the head resulted in a concussion and O’Brien was never fully able to integrate himself into the Friars’ lineup.” He skated for Team USA in the 2019 World Junior Championships but was scoreless in seven games and elected to leave PC shortly after the season ended.

A ’99 birthdate, O’Brien played his final two high school seasons for BU standout Tony Amonte at Thayer Academy. In 2017-18, he scored 80 points in 30 games, earning USA Today’s All-USA Boys Hockey Player of the Year award. Previously, O’Brien played for another former Terrier, Dan Donato at the Dexter School, scoring 34 points (14G, 20A) in 29 games as a sophomore. He played his midget hockey for the Cape Cod Whalers.  

O’Brien joins a strong 2020 recruit class that includes defensemen Webber and Braden Doyle, goalie Drew Commesso and forwards Dylan Peterson, Luke Tuch, Liam Connors and Brian Carrabes. 

Playing last night in the HD Pro League opening night game, O'Brien, skating on Team Taz with Logan Cockerill and incoming freshman John Copeland, earned first-star honors in a 7-4 win.

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● NEHJ BU lands Jay O'Brien 
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