Thursday, September 07, 2023

Back on the ice! Jarman returns; Women's leadership team announced


Terriers took to the ice for the first team practice on Tuesday. The defending Hockey East champions will be seeking to build on the success that brought the team to the 2023 Frozen Four and a final #4 national ranking. Puck drop for the 2023-24 season is one month from tonight against Bentley in nearby Waltham.

Freshmen Macklin Celebrini (left) and Jack Harvey (right) are pictured above. Celebrini is wearing the blue non-contact jersey as he continues to rehab from shoulder surgery last May. As we reported last week, he participated in the BioSteel NHL Camp in Halifax along with Lane Hudson and numerous NHL players.

Senior Thomas Jarman, who had entered the transfer portal, has returned to the roster. Instead of wearing #5—now the number of freshman Tom Willander—the right-shot defenseman will sport #28 and provide depth for the blueline corps. An NAHL teammate of Wilmer Skoog, he played sparingly the past two seasons due to injuries.The roster now stands at 28: Three goalies, 10 defensemen and 15 forwards.

It appears that Willander will have to sit out BU's season opener on October 7. 

NEHJ's Mark Divver reported: “Word is that because he played 2 games in SHL last season, Boston University's Tom Willander (Canucks 1st rounder) will have to sit out one NCAA game when season starts next month.”

FloHockey's Chris Peters added: “Willander was ‘active’ for two SHL games but did not play a shift in either game per SHL’s TOI tracker. Would miss away game vs. Bentley on Oct. 7. Not altogether surprising as he was rostered in a professional league but that would not quash eligibility on its own.



The Boston Hockey Blog's first episode of Terrier Hockey Talk is now available on Spotify. The BHB crew previews new players and key schedule date for both the men's and women's programs.


Looking ahead

2024 recruit Michael LaStarza is back in the USHL, having been transferred from BCHL Chilliawack to the Fargo Force. For the Montreal native, it will be his fourth year of junior hockey. After putting up 66 points for Shattuck 16U as a 15-year-old, the 5'11" left wing joined USHL Waterloo and recorded 24 points as one of league’s youngest players. The next season, split between Waterloo and Sioux Falls, he improved to a 16-28-44 line. Then last year, after a slow start, LaStarza switched to Chilliwack and rebounded with 13 points in 21 games and another 10 in 15 playoff games.

He went undrafted in 2022 after being ranked #91 among North Americans by NHL Central Scouting. His Elite Prospects draft profile:

He creates favourable situations by getting defenders on his back. In the corners, he establishes body positioning before even receiving the puck, allowing him to quickly cut inside or spin away. In transition, he prefers to cutback rather than outrace, creating opportunities to set up the trailer or cut inside for a shot. 

Looking back ranking of the top drafted goalie prospects has Drew Commesso slotted at #10. The Norwell, Mass., native had a 2.46 GAA and .913 SV% in 34 games for BU last season and was named Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA Manchester Regional.

Selected in the second round of the 2020 Draft by the Blackhawks, Commesso has the stature (6-foot-2) every goaltender needs to succeed in the NHL these days. Known for his aggressiveness in the crease and ability to read the play, he definitely has the toolbox to take over the starting role in Chicago one day. In the immediate future, he will play for the Rockford IceHogs in the American Hockey League (AHL) after signing his entry-level contract in April.


Former Terrier captain and All-American Freddy Meyer is head coach at The Rivers School as well as for the Boston Junior Eagles 14U, a top fall hockey program for prep and high school skaters. New England  Hockey Journal reports that the Junior Eagles are off to a strong start with big contributions from some skaters with familiar family names. 

NEHJ projects that forward '07 Carter Meyer (Freddy's son), a "powerful skater" with a quick and accurate shot, could be a candidate for the NTDP in its 2025 selection. Center Sam Pandolfo (Jay Pandolfo's son), also an '07, "is a force down the middle" and effective "below the dots." JP Warsofsky, nephew of David Warsofsky, is another promising Jr. Eagles forward. Both Meyer and Pandolfo participated in the prestigious CCM68 event last month.


Women's Team

Returning captain Nadia Mattivi will be joined on the leadership team by co-captain Madison Cardaci and assistants Lacey Martin and Catherine Foulem. Terriers will play an exhibition game in Montreal with McGill on Sept. 30 and then open the season on Oct. 6 hosting Northeastern at Walter Brown Arena. report

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