Monday, May 09, 2022

Pandolfo: " High expectations and high standards--UPDATED


Jay Pandolfo was introduced as BU's 13th head hockey coach this morning during a press conference at Agganis Arena's Burke Club Room.

After Associate Athletic Director for Marketing & Communications Brian Kelley welcomed the gathering--which included members of the hockey team--Athletic Director Drew Marrochello detailed the search process and the reasons for the selection of Pandolfo to lead BU hockey into its second 100 years. He noted that he'd sought input from, among many others, rising senior captain Dom Fensore and six other Terrier players, as well as 1995 BU captain Jacques Joubert and Lou Lamoriello, the NJ Devils GM during Pandolfo's long tenure with the team. 

Marrochello also told the media,"“I had it in the front of my head that this is a 10 to 15 to 20-year hire, if it’s done right. It’s not a one-day hire. … I kept saying to guys, ‘This is not even about the past. It’s about the future.’ I wanted to make sure we were set for the next 10 to 15 years.” 

Pandolfo, who returned to BU as associate coach last summer after five seasons coaching with the Bruins, spelled out what he sees as the task ahead as the Terriers head coach.

“The BU Hockey program isn’t broken. What we need to do is just everything a little bit better,” he said. “BU Hockey to me is about commitment, it’s about attitude, attention to detail, and holding ourselves and each other accountable on and off the ice. We’re gonna have high expectations, so we have to have high standards.

“The central theme of this program is to compete at everything we do. Everything matters. It’s not simply about the wins and the losses. It’s about striving to be the best we can be day in and day out. We’re gonna buy into this mindset, and the results are going to take care of themselves."


Discussing the new head coach, Fensore told WTBU Sports, “When he came in, we found out right away he is so dedicated, and he always wanted to get us better. Every time he was talking, we gravitated towards him because he’s got so much knowledge about the game. I think in the second half, we kind of just gelled together, and he was a big part of it, you know. So, you can definitely say that [he played a role in that run.]”



A video on Pandolfo was shown during the press event:

WTBU Sports report

BU Today We're Going to Have High Expectations 


Looking ahead

2022 recruit Jeremy Wilmer has a goal and two assists in two playoff games, but both were Tri-City losses to Sioux City. Tri- City was the USHL’s regular season champion.

2022 recruit Quinn Hutson assisted on a pair of goals in Muskegon’s 5-2 win against Madison and leads all USHL playoff scorers with 11 points. The teams meet in game three tonight with the series tied at one apiece.

Looking back

Evan Rodrigues scored a pair of goals and assisted on another in the Penguins' 7-4 win against the Rangers, giving Pittsburgh a 2-1 series lead.

Jake Oettinger stopped 39 shots in the Stars' 4-2 win against Calgary. Dallas has a 2-1 series lead after the win and Thursday's 2-0 shutout victory when Oettinger turned aside all 29 Flames' shots.



Thursday, May 05, 2022

Jay Pandolfo takes the reins

As had been predicted by multiple media sources, associate head coach Jay Pandolfo has been named as the Terriers’ next head coach. Following a search that also included candidates with no prior connection to BU, Pandolfo, 47, will become the program’s 13th head coach as it begins its second 100 years. An NCAA champion in 1995 and a two-time Stanley Cup winner, he had returned to Comm. Ave. last summer as the top assistant to former coach Albie O’Connell. Pandolfo will be formally introduced on Monday, May 9, at an 11 a.m. press conference in Agganis Arena’s Francis D. Burke Club Room. Earlier today, he and athletic director Drew Marrochello met with members of the team.

In a press release, Pandolfo said, "I want to thank Drew Marrochello and President Robert A. Brown for this incredible opportunity. It was a thrill to return here last year, and to now lead a program that holds such a special place in my heart is a dream come true.

"Choosing to play at BU was one of the best decisions I ever made,” he continued, “and I hope that the players I coach feel the same way when they complete their careers here. I'm excited to get to work and keep BU among the elite college hockey programs in the country."

                                         Photo by Kyle Prudhomme
Despite lacking experience as a head coach, Pandolfo brings an impressive resume. He’ll be the first D1 men’s hockey coach who, as a player, has won an NCAA title and two Stanley Cups.

After concluding his 15-year NHL career in 2013, the Burlington, Mass., native had been a Bruins assistant for the past five seasons, first under Claude Julien and then with Bruce Cassidy, following two seasons in player development for Boston.

A second-round draft pick of New Jersey in 1993, Pandolfo spent 13 seasons as a Devil, winning the Stanley Cup in 2000 and 2003. Primarily a defensive forward and a standout penalty-killer, he scored 99 goals and 223 points for the Devils before playing one season for the Islanders and a partial year with his hometown Bruins. Regular-season career totals: 899 games, 100 goals, 126 assists. Playoff totals: 131 games, 11 goals, 22 assists—including 6-6-12 for the 2003 championship team.

As a Terrier left wing from 1992-1996, Pandolfo played on four Frozen Four squads including the 1995 NCAA Champions and 1994 national finalists. As a senior, he led the team with 67 points (10th best in program history) and 38 goals (3rd best, tied with 
Chris Drury), including a short-handed hat trick. That performance earned him first-team All-American honors and he also was a Hobey Baker Award finalist.  His 79 career goals are tied for ninth best in program history, while his 169 points also are ninth best. Only Jack Garrity (51) and Bob Marquis (41) scored more goals in a season for BU.

Prior to becoming a Terrier, he was a three-year standout at Burlington High School racking up 178 points in 63 games. During the NHL lockout in 2005, he returned to Burlington High as an assistant coach.

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►WTBU Sports conducted an exit interview with Robert Mastrosimone who is transferring to Arizona State. BU will see him next season at the Desert Hockey Classic, Jan. 7 & 8

Looking ahead

Four future Terriers were included in the NHL Central Scouting final rankings for the 2022 draft. Among North American skaters, NTDP LD Lane Hutston was ranked #25, Green Bay Center Ryan Greene was #46, NTDP RW Devin Kaplan was #61 and Chicago center Jack Harvey was #135.

2023 recruit Jack Musa scored his fourth playoff goal as Madison defeated defending Clark Cup champion Chicago, 4-2, and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals against Muskegon. Musa had 19 goals in the regular season.


Muskegon won all four of its playoff games to date, led by 2022 recruit Quinn Hutson with six goals and three assists in four games. 2024 recruit Gavin McCarthy (Case’s brother) also plays for the Lumberjacks. USHL regular-season scoring champion Jeremy Wilmer, also a 2022 recruit, and the Tri-City Storm will face Sioux City in the best-of-five Western Conference finals.

● Red-hot Quinn Hutson, top playoff scorer, ready to lead Lumberjacks into Eastern finals.

Looking back

Kiefer Bellows has been named to Team USA for the upcoming IIHF World Championships beginning May 13 in Finland. Former Terrier head coach David Quinn will be head coach of the U.S. squad.



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