Friday, June 18, 2021

Report: new goalie coach; Hockey East announces playoff format

While BU has yet to announce a replacement for the departed Paul Pearl, there appears to be one new face on Coach Albie O’Connell’s staff.  

NEHJ’s Jeff Cox tweeted that “"According to sources, Brian Daccord of Stop It Goaltending will be the new volunteer goaltending coach for Boston University. Merrimack alum has worked for Toronto Maple Leafs, most recently Arizona Coyotes."

A Montreal native, Daccord would replace Bobby Goepfert, who came aboard last October when Brian Ecklund was hired by the Devils' AHL affiliate. Stop It Goaltending is Hockey East's official goaltending development company.

Prior to joining the Coyotes, Daccord spent five seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs in goaltending scouting and development. He was the goaltending coach for Adler Mannheim in the DEL for six seasons, winning the German Championship in 2014-2015 under current Calgary Flames head coach Geoff Ward. He has also served on the staff of head coaches Pat Burns, Mike Keenan and Robbie Ftorek while goaltending coach for the Boston Bruins.

Hockey East has announced a new format for men’s and women’s post-season playoffs. Beginning in 2022, all 11 men's programs and all 10 women's programs will compete in a single-elimination postseason tournament for the Lamoriello Trophy and the Bertagna trophy, respectively. report


Looking ahead

2022 recruit Anton Castro, a goalie with the Northeast Generals, will participate in the NAHL’s Top Prospects Tournament, beginning Saturday in Blaine, Minn. Castro, a Minnesota native, who will play for Team East in the tournament, had a 3.72 GAA and a .900 save percentage in 16 games for the Generals last season. He previously played for the North Jersey Avalanche 16U AA and for Gentry Academy.

Women’s Team

Kerstin Matthews, who served as an assistant to Head Coach Brian Durocher during the first three seasons of BU’s varsity woman’s program, has returned to Comm. Ave. as associate head coach. She spent the past 14 seasons as head coach at St. Anselm, compiling a 237-74-22 record and a .745 winning percentage. Matthews replaces associate head coach Keady Norton, who was named head coach at Dartmouth. Assistant coach Tara Watchorn also has departed and was named the first head coach at Stonehill College.

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2020-21 Season Award winners

Five former Terriers participated in the PWHPA Dream Gap Tour showcase held in Calgary last month. The five are Sarah Lefort, Rebecca Leslie, Victoria Bach, Marie-Philip Poulin and Alexis Woloschuk.

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