Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Catching up on kudos

Jack Eichel added one more honor to the list of awards recognizing his standout freshman season at BU. USA Hockey named Eichel its College Player of the Year. The 6-2 center from North Chelmsford led all Division 1 players in points (71), assists (45) and plus-minus (+51) pacing the Terriers to the Beanpot Championship, Hockey East regular-season and tournament championships and the NCAA title game. After the BU season, the 2015 Hobey Baker Award winner joined Team USA for the IIHF World Championships and helped the squad take home a bronze medal.

2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows was named USHL Rookie of the Year and earned a spot on the league's all-rookie team. The Edina, Minn., native scored 33 regular-season goals for Sioux Falls and another nine during the Stampede's run to the Clark Cup Championship. Bellows scored the game-winner in the series-clinching win against Tri-City.

2015 recruit Robert Carpenter was named to the USHL 2nd all-rookie team. The right-shot center from North Reading, Mass., tied for the league lead in goals with 35 and added 28 assists for Sioux City.
●USHL Rookie of the Year announcement
●USHL All-Rookie announcement

Anthony Morando, whose goal as Terrier Strength and Conditioning coach was to "make sure nobody outworks us," is leaving the program and moving to North Dakota with his fiancée, Monique Lamoreaux, a member of the U.S. National Women's Team that won a gold medal in the 2015 World Championships.

Last summer, Morando talked with THFB about his approach to strength and conditioning.

Draft profiles 
With the 2015 NHL draft combine set to begin on June 1 in Buffalo, several current and incoming Terriers are expected to participate in advance of the NHL Entry Draft on June 26 and 27 in Sunrise, Fla.  Pre-draft profiles —most with video—are now appearing online.
● The Hockey Writers: Jack Eichel;  AJ Greer; Jordan Greenway
● SB Nation/NJ Devils: Jakob Forsbacka Karlsson 

Looking back

Former Terrier forward Ryan Weston will be inducted next fall into the New Hampshire Legends of Hockey Hall of Fame. A native of Henniker, Weston played four seasons at BU, including as a member of the 2006 Hockey East championship squad, before spending four seasons in the minor leagues. He is currently head coach of the San Diego State Aztecs, an ACHA Division 2 team.

Also being inducted to the NHLHHF is former Terrier Russ Bartlett, who played two seasons in Scarlet before transferring to St. Lawrence. He’s best remembered for scoring the overtime game-winner in BU’s 3-2 win over BC in the 1999 Beanpot semifinal.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Top Prep Goalie Joins 2015 Recruit Class

BU has added what may be the final piece of its 2015 recruit class by securing a commitment from 6-3, 165 lb., goalie Max Prawdzik, who led The Brooks School to the New England Prep Large School championship, posting a gaudy 1.25 GAA and a .944 save percentage. The Andover, Mass., native, who served as team captain, also authored eight shutouts, en route to being named ISL Hockey League MVP honors

Prawdzik, who stopped 26 shots in the Bishops’ 4-2 NEPSAC Large School title game win against Belmont Hill, earned All New England Prep All-Star honors and was named a Boston Globe Prep All-Scholastic.  In 2013, he led Brooks to the ISL Eberhart championship and the NE Prep Small School Tournament Championship.

A 2012 invitee to the USA Hockey Strelow National Goaltending Camp and a 2013 draftee of the USHL Tri-City Storm, Prawdzik also played for the Neponset Valley River Rats 18Us, teaming with 2017 recruit Patrick Harper.

Brooks School head coach Dave Ries told THFB:

Max is a poised, competitive mentally tough kid. He's still raw...he has a lot of potential. Max was a big reason we won the Large School Championship this season. He's got great technique, moves pretty well and can handle the puck to start a breakout. Max needs to put on some muscle, add some explosiveness and adjust to the caliber of Hockey East.  I'm excited for him for earning this opportunity and definitely think his best hockey is ahead of him.

According to SB Nation’s Jeff Cox, Vermont was among several schools recruiting Prawdzik, who had originally planned to play in the BCHL next season for Trail. Following the win over Belmont Hill, Cox noted: He's the prototypical modern era goaltender with good size and plays well in the butterfly. He's got a quick lower body and made a few nice pad saves on Sunday."

 ▪ Bio and videoes (Stop It Goaltending)
▪ USHL draft video profile 
▪ 2013 Top-24 NCAA Prospects Camp profile 
▪ Elite Prospects card 
▪ Boston Hockey Blog report

Monday, May 18, 2015

Eichel, Bonino and Coyle lead US to Bronze medal win in Prague


A trio of Terriers led Team USA to the bronze medal at the IIHF World Championship with a 3-0 shutout of the host team, the Czech Republic, on Sunday. Vancouver forward Nick Bonino scored the game’s first goal midway through the opening period. Then with 1:42 left, Jack Eichel protected the puck along with boards, wheeled and threaded a pass to Trevor Lewis on the doorstep for an easy redirect into the net. In the third period, Bonino took a pass from Charlie Coyle and returned it to the Minnesota Wild wing in the high slot for a one-timer that found net. Coyle also had a two-point game, having assisted on Bonino’s first-period goal.

Eichel finished the tournament with seven points, third best among US skaters. Bonino and Coyle, who joined the team after their NHL teams were eliminated from the playoffs, had 4 points and 5 points respectively.

Team USA also won a bronze in the 2013 World Championships with former Terrier Joe Sacco as head coach. The last time a US team medaled with Terriers on the roster was 2004 with Chris Drury and Mike Grier; the previous time was 1949 when BU was represented by Dan Crowley and Jack Kelley, who later became a Hall of Fame Terrier coach.

● USA Hockey recap and box score
● GoTerriers.com recap
● The Hockey Writers: Eichel takes home more than bronze  (with video)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bellows shines as Stampede claims Clark Cup

For 2016 recruit Kieffer Bellows, his first USHL season ends with a Clark Cup championship. The power forward from Edina, Minn., scored the game-winning goal (short-handed & unassisted) as Sioux Falls beat Muskegon, 4-2, to sweep the best-of-five series. Bellows scored 9 goals in 12 playoff games, including six goals in the last four games and the game-winner in two of the Stampede’s series-clinching games. During the regular season, he scored 33 goals, most ever for a 16 year old since the USHL became a Tier 1 league. After a slow start with four goals in 19 games, the league’s hottest goal-scorer rang up 29 in the next 39 regular season games. The Stampede’s youngest player, he finished two behind league co-leader and 2015 BU recruit Robert Carpenter, who had 35.

At the IIHF World Championships, Team USA—featuring Jack Eichel and ex-Terriers Nick Bonino and Charlie Coyle—plays in the Bronze Medal game today against Czech Republic, the tournament host. In yesterday’s semifinal, Russia broke open a scoreless game with four goals to eliminate the US from championship contention.

Three current Terriers and two recruits will skate together in the 2015 John Cunniff Senior Chowder Cup in July. The roster for the Esquires Elite team includes rising sophomores AJ Greer, JJ Piccinich, Brien DIffley and Brandon Fortunato, along with 2015 recruit Charlie McAvoy and 2016 recruit Clayton Keller. The tournament runs from July 16-19 with games in Walpole and Bridgewater, Mass. Last month, McAvoy and Keller, along with 2015 recruit Jordan Greenway helped the NTDP U18s win the World U18 Championship.

Chris Heisenberg’s recruiting Web site indicates the sophomore Kevin Duane is transferring to Quinnipiac. After scoring 10 points (6G, 4A) in 33 games as a freshman, Duane was scoreless in four games this past season.
Boston Hockey Blog report

2017 recruit Patrick Harper participated in the recent New England Pro-Am Pre-draft Showcase. SB Nation reviewed his performance.
Patrick Harper, LW, 5-8/155, Avon Old Farms (NE Nordiques Blue) - He's had better performances, but he was going up against largely older players by two to three years this weekend. He still showed off his dynamic offensive abilities. He cuts well, uses his edges and has incredible hands. His lateral mobility is very good. College: Boston University.
Harper had a strong sophomore season at Avon Old Farms with a 20-27-47 line in 22 games for the Winged Beavers. He had committed to BU last September.
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