Monday, August 02, 2021

NTDP U17 goalie and Select U17 d-man commit to BU--UPDATED

On the first day that high school juniors can receive offers, BU received a commitment from one of the top ’05 goalies, 6’3” Michael Chambre. The Fort Myers, Fla., native, who began in the Junior Everblades organization and spent the past two season with Florida Alliance, has earned a roster spot on the NTDP U17s for 2021-22.

This past May, he backstopped Florida Alliance to the finals of the 15 Only Nationals, including a 2-1 shootout win over a loaded Mid-Fairfield team in the semi-finals, stopping 30 shots in regulation and all four shootout attempts. Chambre participated in the STX 68 in 2019 and in the 2020 Triple Crown Showcase (Top 120 2005s).

Chambre, who was selected by Kingston in the ninth round of the OHL draft, is joined on the U17 roster by fellow 2023 recruit Ryan Fine, who last season played for Mid-Fairfield and Don Bosco HS in New Jersey.

 BU received its second 2023 commitment in two days when defenseman Gavin McCarthy, Case McCarthy’s brother, accepted the Terriers’ offer. He’s a 6’1”, 170 right-shot from Clarence, N.Y., who like Case, came up through the Junior Sabres organization. Last season, he had a 3-11-14 line 22 games for the 16U AAA squad.

McCarthy participated in the 2021 NTDP evaluation camp and in May, he signed a tender to play for USHL Muskegon next season.

A strong performance at the recent USA Select 16 Development Camp (3 goals in 5 games, named to all-star game), led to a roster spot on the U.S. Select U17 team that will play in the Five Nations Tournament in Visp, Switzerland later this month.

McCarthy was drafted by Windsor in the eighth round of the recent OHL draft.


World Junior Summer Showcase

Three of the Terriers participating in the WJSS received shout-outs from John Vanbiesbrouck, GM of the US junior national team. The WJSS event was the first step in selecting Team USA for the 2022 World Junior Championships. Discussing goaltending, he said:

"I don't see it as much of a question mark. I think that Drew Commesso (Chicago Blackhawks) would have made [the 2021 WJC] team if he didn't get coronavirus last December during camp. He would have been with our group, would have gotten a game maybe. But I think that we're OK in goal. I feel that Drew is hungry, I really do. I think he's hungry to gain the net, prove himself and win it.”

Addressing the need for size and toughness on the roster, he added:

"We're looking at that very closely, of having that as an identity piece. Tyler Boucher (Ottawa Senators) and Luke Tuch (Montreal Canadiens) are offensive but also very tough. We want to be a team that's tough on the puck.”

Tuch finished the event with a 2-2-4 line in five games, while Boucher had a goal and an assist. A third BU forward, Dylan Peterson recorded one assist.

Commesso had the top GAA (1.86) in the tournament after four games, but finished at 2.39 after US-Blue lost to Finland, 4-2 in the final game. His best effort came in Friday’s 3-1 win against Sweden, when he stopped 27 of 28 shots, including a penalty shot. Hockey journalist Chris Peters tweeted that Commesso was “lights out.” report  

BleacherReport Commesso primed to be Blackhawks future goalie

Looking ahead

Burnt Boats latest roster projection chart reflects the addition of transfer forward Matt Brown and that Jeremy Wilmer and Charles-Alexis Legault will spend another season in junior. Newly committed Chambre and McCarthy, who arrive in 2023, are not included.


Women's Team
Former Terrier forward Jill Cardella, who has been an athletic department staff member since 201 , has been promoted to assistant athletic director for capital planning and facilities. report


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