Monday, June 15, 2020

Catching Up

First there was Grilling with Gryba, the Canadian cable series starring former BU blueliner and NHLer Eric Gryba. Now, former Terrier standout and current Nashville center Nick Bonino is featured in the new NHL Network celebrity cooking series, Skates & Plates. It airs next on June 16 at 3:30 a.m.

Journalist Mark Divver reported that goalie Vinnie Purpura is transferring to college hockey's newest D-1 program, the Long Island University Sharks.

Sean Pickett continues to add more full game replays to his Google drive. There are now 260 games available (Index).

Looking ahead

On May 17, a pair of incoming freshmen, goalie Drew Commesso and left wing Luke Tuch, were featured in an NTDP Sunday Sit-Down. Commesso had a 2.05 GAA and a .920 save percentage in 27 games for the U18s last season. Tuch had a 15-15-30 line in 47 games.

The Boston Hockey Blog has posted interview features on Commesso, Tuch, and forward Jay O’Brien, who is transferring from Providence after spending last season at BCHL Penticton. 
●Boston Hockey Blog:  Commesso, Tuch, O’Brien 

Defenseman Braden Doyle, who was scheduled to be in the 2020 recruit class, will play a second season with USHL Dubuque. The move was necessitated by David Farrance’s decision to return for his senior year. Doyle's 32 points in 48 games was sixth best among USHL defensemen and tops on the Fighting Saints.

Center Artem Shlaine (Shattuck St. Mary's), recruited for 2021, will instead play for Connecticut this coming season.

2021 recruit Charles-Alexis Legault has informed QMJHL Gattineau, which holds the 6’3” right-shot defenseman’s major junior rights, that he will play for USHL Muskegon this season. He was selected #22 overall in the 2019 Q draft.

Legault, regarded as among the top 16-year-old defensemen in Canada, had 28 points in 29 games for midget AAA Lac St. Louis Lions, adding three goals and three assists in six playoff games. He also played in the World U-17 Challenge and suited up twice for Muskegon. His father, Alex Legault, played two seasons at BU and was the top-scoring defenseman on the Terriers’ 1989-90 NCAA Frozen Four squad.

2022 recruit Devin Kaplan participated in this weekend’s NTDP Sunday Sit-Down interview. (YouTube). The 6’2” power forward, who will play for the USA U17s this season along with fellow recruit Lane Hutson, is a product of the North Jersey Avalanche program. He had 22 points in 12 games last year in an injury-shortened season.

Looking back

 Ferreira led BU to a 25-6-0 season, with eight shutouts, in 1964-65, earning first-team All-American honors. He's been general manager of four NHL teams, was an executive for two L.A. Kings Cup-winners and now is an advisor to the Minnesota Wild. 

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