Wednesday, June 21, 2017

5 Terriers named to World Jr. Summer Showcase roster; forward commits for 2017-18.

Five Terriers are on the Team USA roster for the new World Junior Summer Showcase, a four-team tournament organized by USA Hockey as a first step for picking the 2018 Junior National Team that will defend the title in the World Junior Championships. Sophomores Jake Oettinger and Patrick Harper (photo), returnees from last year’s Junior National Team, are joined on the showcase roster by classmate Chad Krys and incoming freshmen Brady Tkachuk and Logan Cockerill.  Former Terrier Kieffer Bellows is also rostered for Team USA.

The tournament in Plymouth, Michigan, set for the first week of August, will also have teams from Canada, Finland and Sweden. BU sophomore Dante Fabbro is a returnee for Canada, while freshman  Kasper Kotkansalo, who played for the 2017 gold medal Finland squad, is expected to return as well.
USA Hockey report, roster

NHL Draft
Buffalo Sabres Prospect Profile: David Farrance
The Hockey Writers Prospect Profile: Kotkansalo

Looking ahead
Melrose, Massachusetts native Jake Witkowski, a 5-10, right-shot forward, has committed to BU for 2017-18.  A four-year player at Malden Catholic where he won three Super 8 titles, he then played a PG season at Avon Old Farms and a season of junior hockey with BCHL Alberni Valley.

At AOF, he was a teammate of Harper, scoring 40 points (13G, 27A). Last season in the BCHL, Witkowski was the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs with 23 goals and 17 assists, centering the top line, recording two hat tricks and earning Player of the Week honors in December.
Terrier Hockey Blog report
● NeutralZone report
● Aberni Valley stats
● Bulldog Blog Witkowski signing

Looking back
Steve Stirling, captain of the 1971 BU National Championship team, an All-American center with 70 points as a senior, has been named NCAA Recruitment coordinator and a professional scout for the Ottawa Senators. For the past seven years, Stirling has been an assistant coach for the AHL Binghamton Senators. Earlier, he had been head coach of the New York Islanders for a season and a half and a head coach in the German Elite League.
● report  

The Second Annual BU Hockey Elders & Friends Golf Outing was held this past Friday with seven foursomes teeing up at the Butter Brook Gold Club in Westford, Massachusetts. Participants included Terrier captains from 1970 (Larry Davenport), 1971 (Steve Stirling), 1972 (John Danby), 1973 (Dave Wisener) and 1974 (Eddie Walsh). 

Other BU hockey alumni participating were Steve Dolloff, Peter Yetten, Bob Gryp, Jerry Gryp, Jim Glover, Dan Brady, John Grady, Paul Giandomenico, Bob Murray, Rick Comfort, Tim Kimball, Billy Whelton, Peter Marshall, John Melanson, Chris Henes, Joe Robillard and Coach David Quinn. The “Friends” included UNH’s Dick Umile, Harvard’s David Hynes, Bob McManama and Kevin Hampe and BC's Jimmy Logue and Charlie Toczylowski.

Low team gross winners were (L-R) Grady, Walsh, Quinn, Murray. Walsh had the top gross score, 75, followed by Quinn at 77.

Event co-organizer Dolloff added that “After golf, we all headed to Peter Yetten's home, where he hosted a cookout and the old hockey tales were never ending.”

Monday, June 19, 2017

Parker, Young, Smith named to USHHOF; Draft Week begins UPDATED

Legendary Terrier Coach Jack Parker, along with Scott Young and Ben Smith, have been named to the five-member 2017 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Class with a decidedly BU flavor.
Parker, who spent 40 seasons behind the BU bench, had a hand in all five Terrier national championship teams, serving as an assistant in 1971 and 1972 and as head coach in 1978, 1995 and 2009. He is the third winningest college hockey coach and holds the mark for most wins at a single school (897).

Young, who played two seasons at BU before turning pro, spent 17 seasons in the NHL, amassing 757 points, winning the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh (1991) and Colorado (1996), and earning a gold medal with Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey (1996).  He returned to BU as Director of Hockey Operations and now serves as an assistant coach for David Quinn.

Smith, who starred at Harvard in the late 1960s, was an assistant to Parker for nine seasons (1981 to 1990), during which BU reached the NCAA tournament three times and won four Beanpot titles. He later became head coach at Dartmouth and Northeastern and coached the U.S. Women’s Olympic Hockey Team in three Winter Games, leading the squad to gold in 1998.  
● US Hockey Hall of Fame report and bios
● Boston Hockey Blog report

Johnny McDermott, who played in 14 games for BU last season, has returned to junior hockey and was at the USHL Tri-City Storm’s camp in Las Vegas. A Tweet from the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver noted that, according to a source, he may return to BU in 2018-19. 

NHL Draft Week
As many as five Terriers are expected to hear their names called at this week’s NHL Entry Draft in Chicago, but one current Terrier was involved in early draft-related activity. 2017-18 captain Brandon Hickey had his draft rights traded by Calgary to Arizona in a deal involving veteran goalie Mike Smith.
● report

TSN’s Bob McKenzie revealed his final top 93 draft rankings which have goalie Jake Oettinger at #26, Shane Bowers at #32, David Farrance at #60 and Cameron Crotty at #87. Kasper Kotsankalo received honorable mention.
●McKenzie rankings
●Oettinger draft profile and video report
● Farrance profile

FinnProspects.com's profiles of the top 20 Finnish draft prospects includes #15 Kotkansalo.

Looking back

Monday, June 12, 2017

Sullivan, Bonino and Saucier Celebrate 2nd Cup Win

With the Penguins' 2-0 win against Nashville in game six to clinch a repeat as Stanley Cup champions, Nick Bonino joined Scott Young and Jay Pandolfo as Terriers who played on two title teams, and Head Coach Mike Sullivan—captain of the Terriers’ 1990 Frozen Four squad—became the first American-born coach to lead back-to-back Cup champions.

Bonino scored seven points (4G, 3A) in 21 post-season games and missed the final four games of the Nashville series after breaking his tibia when blocking a shot in game two. He scored 37 points (18G, 19A) during the 2016-17 regular season.

Sullivan, who was promoted to Penguins’ head coach in December 2015 and led the team to its fourth Stanley Cup last June, had previously been head coach of the Bruins from 2003 to 2006.

A third Terrier in the Penguins employ is Andy Saucier, the team’s video coach, who was the Terrier hockey video coordinator during his undergraduate years on Comm. Ave. Saucier is the grandson of legendary BU head coach Jack Kelley who guided the Terriers to their first two NCAA titles in 1971 and 1972.

Colin Wilson, now in his eighth season with the Predators, had four points in 14 playoff games, missing eight post-season games due to an injury. Wilson (35 regular-season points) and Bonino were classmates at BU and were the two top scorers (Wilson 55, Bonino 50) on BU’s 2009 national championship team.

►A record 15 NCAA players were part of Pittsburgh’s Stanley Cup team.

● Post-game Sullivan interview (video)

Prior to game six, the Toronto Star talked with Wilson about topics ranging from hockey to family to his shared interest in climate change with longtime friend Jonathan Toews.
● report

►  Brandon Hickey profile and video
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