Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Coming soon to bookstores: Jack Parker’s Wiseguys

When an athletic program has a long history of success by individuals and teams—as is the case with BU Hockey—there is no shortage of milestones to applaud and anniversaries to celebrate. This season marks the 40th anniversary of BU’s 1977-78 squad, led by Jack O’Callahan and Brian Durocher, that rang up a 30-2-0 record to claim the Terriers’ third NCAA championship of the decade. That title culminated with a 5-3 win over BC, the only time that the Commonwealth Ave. rivals have met in the final.

That tumultuous season, which featured a 21-game winning streak to start the season, the interruption of a blizzard that buried Boston, and a stunning upset that preceded redemption in the title game, is chronicled in a new book from hockey writer and television producer Tim Rappleye. 

Jack Parker's Wiseguys: The National Champion BU Terriers, the Blizzard of ’78, and the Miracle on Ice, published by University Press of New England, will be available in hardcover and as an e-book on January 2, 2018. A synopsis (with one glaring error) and a list of chapters can be found on the UPNE website. The 248-page book can be ordered from UPNE and from Amazon.

To revisit the 1977-78 season prior to the book’s publication:

Looking back
Charlie McAvoy talked with THN’s Ryan Kennedy about his 2017 Stanley Cup playoff experience as Zdeno Chara’s partner and his preparation for his first full season, including summer workouts at BU.
● TheHockeyWriters.com: Top Defense Prospects

Clayton Keller, who made three starts for Arizona last Spring, also is preparing for his first full NHL season. He led the Terriers in points last season with 45, the ninth best total by a freshman in BU history.

Former Terrier three-time All-American and 1998 Hobey Baker Award winner Chris Drury moves on to a new challenge in his off-ice career as general manager of the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Harford Wolf Pack.

Retiring from the Rangers as team captain six years ago, he joined New York’s front office as director of player development and later was named assistant general manager. The Hartford Courant caught up with the Trumbull, Connecticut native to discuss the transition to his new career.
●Hartford Courage: What’s Next for Chris Drury?

Friday, August 25, 2017

Tkachuk, 3 future Terriers selected for AAPG; Quinn on The Pipeline Show

Freshman Brady Tkachuk and three 2018 recruits have been rostered for the Sept. 21 All-American Prospects Game in Buffalo, a showcase for American players who are eligible for next June's NHL entry draft.. 

The recruits, all members of the NTDP U18 squad are Joel Farabee (photo), Jake Wise and Tyler Weiss. Tkachuk and Farabee have been projected as first-round picks for next June’s NHL entry draft.  Sophomore Jake Oettinger and freshmen David Farrance and Logan Cockerill played in the 2016 game and all three were drafted: Oettinger #26 overall by Dallas; Farrance #92 by Nashville and Cockerill #201 by the Islanders.
● AAPG report,  roster

● NHL.com report

►Coach David Quinn guests on the inaugural episode of season 13 of The Pipeline Show, previewing the 2017-18 season.
● The Pipeline Show podcast (DQ begins a 36:29)

Looking ahead
2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone finished a 2-on-1 rush, kicking off a five-goal second period in Team USA’s 8-1 win against Switzerland in the Five Nations Tournament in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The U.S. squad is back on the ice today against Slovakia in a 12:30 p.m. ET game that will be live-streamed free.
● USA Hockey recap

Women’s Team
Terriers announced a 35 game 2017-18 schedule (34 regular-season, 1 exhibition) that includes14 contests at Walter Brown Arena, a pair at Agganis Arena, neutral-site games vs. Minnesota St. and Wisconsin in Arlington, Virginia and four games vs. Ivy League opponents.
● GoTerriers.com report, schedule pdf

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Goodbye Boston, Hello Columbus

Photo by Rob Gagnon
2016-17 captain Doyle Somerby has signed a two-year, free-agent contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 6’5” blueliner from Marblehead had been drafted by the Islanders in 2012, but elected to explore the free-agent market following his senior season.

Before joining the Terriers, he skated three seasons for Kimball Union Academy, captaining the 2012-13 squad and leading the team’s defensemen in scoring. As a Terrier, he tallied eight goals and 19 assists, while recording 160 penalty minutes and a cumulative +11 rating. Somerby scored the game-winning goal against North Dakota in the 2015 NCAA semifinals and a memorable center-ice hit against Minnesota-Duluth (video, 5:00 mark) in that year's Northeast Regional final..

Discussing his preparedness for the NHL with The Salem News, Somerby said:

"I ended the year on a pair with Charlie McAvoy.  To see how he walked into the [NHL] playoffs and picked up 26 minutes a night for the Bruins, that just shows you the strength of the BU program. Practicing with guys like that gets you ready."

● Blue Jackets announcement
● Salem News report and interview
● NBCSports.com report

SBN-Second City Hockey ranks Chad Krys as the Blackhawks #11 prospect.
SBN report

Masslive.com spoke with junior center Ryan Cloonan about the pipeline of the Western Massachusetts skater to Division 1 and about steps he’s taking to put himself on the scoresheet more often.

Masslive.com report

Looking ahead
2019 recruit Robert Mastrosimone’s first-period goal was the game-winner in the U.S. U-17 Select Team’s  6-2 exhibition game win against HC Vitkovice U-18. Team USA begins the Five Nations Tournament in the Czech Republic on Thursday against Switzerland. 2020 recruit Cade Webber is also on the U.S. squad, whose team manager is former Terrier Kenny Rausch.

After scoring 44 points in 41 games in an injury-shortened season for the Shattuck St. Mary's U-16 squad, Mastrosimone, an East Islip, NY native, will head to the USHL and skate for the Chicago Steel this season.
● USA Hockey recap, tournament home page

Rausch tweeted that all the Five Nation games will be live-streamed:

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