Thursday, July 30, 2020

Hockey East says "game on"

On Wednesday, Hockey East announced its intention to conduct 2020-21 seasons for both men’s and women’s program. While start dates, schedules and other details will be revealed at a later date, the conference indicated that it will emphasize intra-conference play in order to ensure “the health, safety, and physical and mental well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, on-ice officials, league staff, and school administrators.”

● HockeyEastOnline report   
● USCHO report

Earlier in the week, college hockey writer Jimmy Connelly posted a series of Tweets suggesting that games were unlikely to begin before mid-to-late November and there could be as many as 30 league games. That information has not been confirmed.

►College Hockey News offers a compilation of the college hockey connections for each NHL team, including players, coaches and front office, minor leagues and draft picks.

Looking back

As the NHL returns to action, former Terrier captain and All-American Matt Grzelcyk is writing a Bubble Blog for his first entry.’s Color of Hockey blog turned its attention to former Terrier forward Eddie Wright who became the first Black coach of an NCAA hockey team. Wright led the University at Buffalo’s skaters for 12 seasons and later was a scout for the Anaheim Ducks.

Wright arrived at BU in 1965 along with his Chatham, Ontario, neighbor Herb Wakabayashi, whom he joined on BU’s “Pinball Line,” along with Serge Boily, during his senior season, scoring 32 points (16G,16A). Career stats

Women’s Team

Natasza Tarnowski will begin her professional career with KMH Budapest in the European Women’s Hockey League. She scored 13 points as a senior.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Happy Birthday, John Danby; Skoog lacrosse tally wins HE competition

Today, College Hockey News shines its birthday spotlight on Terrier captain and All-American center John Danby. A Toronto native, Danby was a key offensive cog in BU’s back-to-back national championships in 1971 and 1972, scoring 54 goals and 114 points in 57 games over the two seasons. 
In his senior season, he was at his best and most productive in tournament action. Danby claimed the Beanpot MVP, scoring twice in each BU win. Then, in three ECAC tournament games his 8 points (5G,3A, including a hat trick against Harvard in the semifinal) made him a unanimous MVP selection. Danby added another hat trick in the Frozen Four semifinal against Wisconsin.

Despite playing only 84 games in the no-freshman-eligibility era, he remains tied for #9 on the BU all-time goal-scoring list with 79.

A Blackhawks draft pick, he turned pro with the Whalers—rejoining Coach Jack Kelley—and scored 37 points as the Whalers claimed the first WHA AVCO Cup championship. Following a six-year pro career, he spent two seasons on BU Coach Jack Parker’s staff.

The Coronavirus prevented Hockey East from holding a championship tournament, but the conference did conduct a fan-voted best goal competition with BU sweeping the men’s and women’s divisions, both on tallies by freshmen: Wilmer Skoog’s lacrosse goal against Dartmouth and Julia Nearis’s steal, deke and score against Vermont. In the final competition between the two, Skoog’s tally was the winner.

►The Boston Hockey Blog looks ahead to the uncertain 2020-21 season.

Looking ahead 
The BCHL, where numerous Terriers have honed their skills before arriving at Agganis Way, has delayed its season until December 1. A pair of BU 2021 recruits who will be impacted are Tristan Amonte, who begins his second season at Penticton, and Liam Connors, who will play for the Trail Smoke Eaters, following a strong four-year career at St. Sebastian's. Joining BU this season after playing for Penticton are transfer forward Jay O’Brien and defenseman Cade Webber. 
SBN College Hockey report report on Connors

Elite Prospects page: Connors

Looking back Season recap-Doyle Somerby

Women’s Team 
Former Terrier defender has signed with the Toronto Six for the upcoming season after spending the past three campaigns in Europe.

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