Sunday, August 30, 2020

O'Connell voices optimism about 2020-21 team despite delayed season launch

The 16th annual BU Hockey Summer Roundtable was held this past Saturday—virtually on the BU Zoom, after 15 years of in-person gatherings at Boston area restaurants. Coach Albie O’Connell, 2020-21 captain Logan Cockerill and Assistant Athletics Director Brian Kelley addressed the attendees about BU’s and Hockey East’s response to the Covid-19 crisis, the state of the hockey program and the upcoming 99th season of Terrier hockey.

O’Connell, who also fielded questions from attendees, indicated that a November/December season start remains a possibility. “We got a couple different schedule models, he said. "I know people are putting out Tweets that we’re not starting ‘til January 8; that is not true at all… to put an actual [start] date at this particular second would be a little bit unrealistic. I think we have to see what happens over the first few weeks at school.”

Commenting on the Hockey East race, he noted “If you look around the league and see what teams have and what teams lost, I think we’re in a really good spot. I like our chances, and I think we’re gonna be a top team.

Returning players arrived on campus this past Friday and Saturday was their first day together as a team. Practices will begin on Sept. 7 at Walter Brown Arena, where both the men’s and women’s teams will practice. Agganis Arena currently is being used as a virus testing site for the BU community.

O’Connell added that he’s looking for members of last year’s large freshman class as well several juniors who have missed time due to injury (Ty Amonte, Jake Wise, Jack DeBoer) to take a big step up this season. He’s encouraged by the goaltending corps—sophomore Ashton Abel and freshmen Drew Commesso and Vincent Duplessis—which is short on D1 experience but long on talent. The two new goalies are part of an eight-member incoming group that also includes one defenseman and five forwards, two of whom are transfers.

● BostonHockeyBlog  Five Takeaways from the BU Hockey Summer Roundtable


The’s mock NHL draft projects the selection of three Terrier freshmen: Commesso at #55 overall; left wing Luke Tuch at #66; and right wing Dylan Peterson at #114. Commesso is the second goalie overall coming off the HockeyWriters’ board. Mock 2nd round  Mock rounds 3-7

Looking back

The Next Shift podcast recently hosted former Terrier coach and standout defenseman and current NY Rangers head coach David Quinn, who talked about his career as a player from high school to prep to BU and the medical challenge that changed his path to coaching.

● Next Shift podcast David Quinn interview (starts about 9 minutes in)

With Tampa Bay leading the Bruins 3-1 in their second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Kevin Shattenkirk has two assists and is +3  in the series for the Lightning. Charlie Coyle has a goal and an assist for Boston, while Matt Grzelcyk has an assist.

Former Terriers Evan Rodrigues and David Warsofsky were traded to the Maple Leafs in a multi-player deal. Rodrigues, a Toronto native, has 72 points in 199 NHL games, primarily with Buffalo. Warsofsky—one six d-men from BU’s 2009 national champions to play in the NHL—has 11 points in 55 NHL games and has played 454 AHL games.

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Gabe Chabot has signed a contract with ECHL Rapid City Rush. He had a career-high five goals as a senior and a total of 21 points (10G,11A) during his BU career.

● Chabot set to make professional debut

Defenseman Hugo Blixt has transferred to Colorado College after playing in 47 games in two seasons for BU, registering two assists.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Tkachuk podcast interview; Looking ahead; Looking back


Terrier play-by-play announcer Bernie Corbett’s Games People Play Podcast will feature an interview with former BU standout and 18-year NHL star Keith Tkachuk. The podcast will be available on Wednesday, August 19.

Tkachuk, who played for BU’s 1990-91 national finalist team, scoring 40 points and was one of just five Americans to score 500 goals and only six to total 1,000 points in the NHL. His son, Brady Tkachuk, played for BU in 2017-18 before heading to the NHL.


Looking forward

                                                             Photo by Rena Laverty

USA Hockey profiled 2021 recruit Roman Schmidt, a 6'5" right-shot defenseman, who begins his second season with the NTDP. A dual US-Canadian citizen, he scored 17 points in 48 games with the U17s last season, after putting up 71 points with the Don Mills Flyers U16 AAA in the GTHL.

USA Hockey report 

Elite Prospects page



Looking back

Matt Nieto’s first period goal began the Avalanche’s 7-1 rout of Arizona. Colorado leads the series, 3-1.

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Kevin Shattenkirk’s second period slapper (video) was deflected home for the game-winner as Tampa Bay edged Columbus, 2-1, for a 3-1 series lead.                                        

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In Saturday’s game 2 of the Bruins-Hurricanes playoff series, Charlie Coyle scored a goal and added an assist in Boston’s 3-1 win (video). Charlie McAvoy also assisted on a goal.

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The Worcester Telegram caught up with former Terrier Brian Collins, a four-year center who scored 50 goals and 99 points, helping BU claim Beanpot titles in ’00, ’01 and ’03. The Shrewsbury, Massachusetts native also led St. John’s High School to its first state championship. Where are they now: Former St. John’s hockey star Brian Collins remains always reliable



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