Saturday, July 30, 2016

Fortunato departs; Alumni hit the links

Defenseman Brandon Fortunato has elected to leave the program and plans to transfer to another school for his remaining two years of eligibility, according to several published reports and Tweets.

His decision was first reported by the Providence Journal’s Mark Divver, following a conversation with BU head coach David Quinn. Apparently concerned by the presence of nine blueliners on the roster, Fortunato reportedly had asked for playing time guarantees, according to SB Nation’s Jeff Cox.  

With his departure, BU’s defense corps is comprised of senior captain Doyle Somberby, juniors Brien Diffley, Brandon Hickey and John MacLeod, sophomores Charlie McAvoy and Shane Switzer, and freshmen Dante Fabbro and Chad Krys.

SB Nation report
Boston Hockey Blog report

USA Hockey’s Junior National Team Evaluation camp begins today in Plymouth, Michigan with six Terriers on the 42-man roster. The contingent is led by two returnees from last year’s World Junior Championships squad, McAvoy and Chad Krys.  Also rostered are sophomore Jordan Greenway and freshmen Kieffer Bellow, Clayton Keller (who celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday) and Jake Oettinger.

Looking back
96 Terrier hockey alums turned out on Monday for the annual golf and banquet event at Woodland Golf Club in Auburndale, Mass.  The winning group with the lowest score was comprised of Doug Friedman, Dan Donato, John Jenkins, Mike Prendergast and Rich Brennan.  ESPN’s John Buccigross joined the alums in a foursome (photo) with Mike Eruzione, Mike Eruzione, Jr., and Dan McGoff.

● photo gallery
● BU Men’s Hockey Twitter more photos (scroll down)

Nick Bonino will bring the Stanley Cup to Connecticut on Thursday, Aug. 11. The Farmington, Conn., native will display the Cup at Avon Old Farms school in Avon, where he starred in high school. A member of BU's 2009 NCAA championship squad, Bonino played a key role in the Penguins drive to the Stanley Cup. (Details)

Former Terrier standout, NHLer and U.S. Olympian Clark Donatelli has receive a multi-year contract extension as head coach of the AHL Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins.  Donatelli, who will be coaching U.S. Select U18 team at Ivan Hlinka tourney in August, assumed the Baby Pens job last season when Mike Sullivan was moved up to the Pittsburgh head coaching job and led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup.
Providence Journal feature on Donatelli

Women’s Team
Continuing the introduction of the Terrier recruit class for 2016-17 we began last week, three more freshmen: defenseman Breanna Scarpaci from the 2016 U19 National Champions, Shattuck St. Mary's; defenseman Katie Shannahan from Detroit Little Caesars, where she scored 14 points last season; and, forward Natasza Tarnowski, who captained the Ottawa Lady Senators and led the team with 51 points (20G, 31A). report and player thumbnails

Sophomore Sammy Davis, who earned Hockey East All-Rookie honors for her 17 goal, 26 point season, has been invited to the USA Hockey Women's National Festival, set for Lake Placid, N.Y. beginning Aug. 8. She is one of 38 players rostered for the 22-and-under event. report

Monday, July 25, 2016

Terrier PA announcer Prior passes; "dynamic scoring forward" commits for 2020--UPDATED.

Jim Prior, the iconic Public Address announcer at BU hockey games for 30 seasons, passed away on Saturday. The Arlington, Mass., native, who also handled PA duties at Beanpot and Hockey East tournament contests, was renowned for his professionalism and enthusiasm and, in particular, his signature puck drop call, “The teams are ready, soooooo let’s play hockey.”

A favorite of Terrier fans and players (see Twitter links below), Prior was inducted into the Massachusetts Hockey Hall of Fame in 2013. A 20-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, who served in Vietnam, Prior also was active in Eastern Junior Hockey.

Last season, during the Jan. 29 game against Merrimack, BU recognized Prior for his 30 seasons behind the mic at Walter Brown Arena and then at Agganis Arena. He also was honored in 2013 during the Hockey East semifinals, on the night when BU beat BC for Jack Parker’s final win as BU coach.

►Tweets from players and friends:  BU Men’s Hockey;  Friends of BU Hockey report (Comments from David Quinn and Jack Parker)
● Massachusetts Hockey: Remembers Jim Prior
● Boston Globe Obituary and report
● Boston Magazine report
● Hockey reporter Jashvina Shah: For Jim Prior, a Legend who Made BU Hockey Home
● 2002 USCHO Prior profile   

Looking ahead: A dynamic forward

High-scoring forward Trevor Zegras has committed to BU, joining d-man Braden Doyle in BU’s 2020 recruit class. Zegras has been described by USHR as a “dynamic, skilled left wing [who] has great hands, sees the ice well, is creative, and has a great scoring touch.” also tweeted “Zegras still needs to fill out and add strength, but his skill-set is firmly that of 1st round calibre by 2017 #OHLDraft standards.”  Priority Selections currently ranks McCarthy at #3 and Mastrosimone at #6 for the 2017 OHL Draft.
 Zegras, center, and Mastrosimone, right, named all-tournament
The 5'10" speedster with high end skills was named all-tournament at this past weekend’s Junior Chowder Cup event, along with 2019 recruit Mastrosimone. Zegras and Mastrosimone each scored a goal for Hockey Essentials White in the ’01 Division championship game, a 3-2 OT loss to Black Squirrel, coached by former BU captain Carl Corazzini.   Zegras had a 3-2-5 scoring line in three ’01 Division games.

Zegras and Mastrosimone did double duty, also skating for ’00 Division champion Hockey Essentials Black, scoring a goal and an assist. Mastrosimone scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, in the ’00 title game. In ’01 Division games, he tallied four goals and five assists.

In the recent USA Hockey Select 15 Development Camp, Zegras scored a pair of goals in three games.

A Bedford, N.Y. native, Zegras starred for the Mid-Fairfield Rangers, leading the 14U team to the Tier 1 Youth Nationals (won by Shattuck St. Mary’s with Mastrosimone and Doyle). He skated on the Jr. Rangers’ top line, racking up 65 goals and 57 assists in 66 games and six points in three games at Nationals.   Next season, Zegras will play for Avon Old Farms, helping to fill the void left by 2016 BU recruit Patrick Harper

OverTheBoards review from 2015 SFX 68 (also reviews Mastrosimone and Doyle): 

An incisive, offensively-gifted firebomb who is smaller than many defensemen and comes at the net every which way, almost always with the puck in hand. Highly engaged, great speed and quickness, bursts to separate and is very skilled. Passes the puck with glowing threads when he feels like sharing. Good shot selection on the whole even with a high volume of efforts, creates high quality chances for himself. Shoots left.        

USHR review of Chelsea Piers tourney (Oct. 2015)

3. Trevor Zegras, LC, #11 Mid-Fairfield Jr. Rangers U14 – Terrific hands and playmaking ability. Smooth on his skates. Agile. Lightning quick. Terrific hand-eye coordination. Scored nice backhand goal vs. the Marlies on Saturday afternoon while slashing to the net. Scored another when he curled out from behind the net and roofed one. Also had an assist, thus figuring in all three goals while leading his eam to 3-1 win. Quite a performance.

Boston Hockey Blog: Zegras commits to Boston University
NeutralZone: Terriers Land Top Recruit for Class of 2020  

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