Wednesday, August 10, 2022

NJ '06 forward commits; McEachern named Suffolk U head coach


Mount St. Charles forward Callum Hughes has committed to BU, becoming the fifth ’06 birthdate to verbal to the Terriers since August 1. The 6’0”, 166 lb., left-shot from Basking Ridge, N.J., had 38 points (17G,21A) in 36 games for the Mounties’ 15U AAA team.

Hughes also suited up for the Long Island Gulls 16U AAA in the NEPACK, producing three goals in six games. He earned an invitation to the NTDP Evaluation Camp in Plymouth, Mich., last March, and, according to New England Hockey Journal’s Jeff Cox, “showed well at NTDP camp and steadily got better on a team loaded with top ’06 talent.” 

In May, Hughes was drafted 21st overall in the USHL Futures Draft by Waterloo.  It's expected that he'll move up to MSC 16U this season followed by a year with the Blackhawks before arriving at BU in 2024-25.

Puck Preps’ USHL scout Alexander Annun Tweeted:

 “Another great recruit from the Terriers here! Cal Hughes is a strong forechecker with great hands on the puck and creates scoring opportunities thanks to his vision. A well-rounded player who uses his good work ethic to continually hound the opposition and generate offense.”

In 2020-21, Hughes had an 18-22-40 scoring line in 17 games, captaining the N.J. Colonials 14U to the AYHL championship and earning all-league honors. He followed that up with a 5-3-8 performance in nine games at the World Selects Invitational U15.

Earlier in the recruiting cycle, BU received commitments from forwards Macklin Celebrini and Kamel Bednarik and defensemen Cole Hutson and Owen Keefe.

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Former Terrier All-American and NHLer Shawn McEachern has been named the first full-time head coach at Division 3 Suffolk University. McEachern had previously spent a decade as head coach of The Rivers School in Weston, Mass., and had prior experience as an assistant coach at UMass-Lowell and Northeastern.

In 1990-91, McEachern the top line with Tony Amonte and Keith Tkachuk as his wings and led BU to the NCAA championship game with 82 points (34G,48A), the second highest total in program history. That season, he earned first-team All-American and first-team Hockey East All-star honors and was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award.

His overtime goal in the 1991 Hockey East championship game gave the Terriers a 4-3 win against Maine and their second conference title.

McEachern is sixth on BU’s all-time scoring list with 186 points and his 79 career goals is tied for tenth among Terriers with Jay Pandolf, Jake Danby and Ed Lowney. He inducted into the BU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

Drafted by Pittsburgh, McEachern tallied 254 goals and 317 assists during a 13-year NHL career with the  BruinsPittsburgh Penguins Kings Senators and Atlanta Thrashers. In 1992 with Pittsburgh, he became the second Terrier, after Scott Young, to win the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 1992.

Prior to beginning his professional career, the speedster joined his Terrier teammates Scott Lachance and Tkachuk on the 1992 U.S. Olympic Team. In 1996 he skated for gold medal Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey, along with Amonte, Tkacuk and Young.

Suffolk Sports McEachern to lead Suffolk Men's Hockey Program

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2022 World Juniors (started last winter, then cancelled) has begun in Edmonton and, for only the second time since 2008, there is no Terrier on the US Junior National Team. Drew Commesso won his only start last December prior to the cancellation. He elected not to participate this summer and is focused on his junior season.

Lane Hutson and Ty Gallagher, who attended the evaluation camp in July, are strong candidates for the 2023 US team that will play in Halifax and Moncton in December and January 

BU set a record for most skaters from one school on a U.S. Junior National Team with six on the gold-medal winning 2017 squad: Kiefer Bellows, Jordan Greenway, Patrick Harper, Clayton Keller, Charlie McAvoy and Jake Oettinger. Dante Fabbro skated for Canada in the 2017 WJCs. Six of those seven now are in the NHL.

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