Saturday, June 24, 2017

A pair of #1s: Oettinger and Bowers selected in draft’s first round

Goalie Jake Oettinger and incoming freshman center Shane Bowers became the 16th and 17th Terriers selected in the first round of an NHL Entry Draft. Oettinger, Central Scouting's  top-rated North American netminder and a Hockey East All-Rookie selection, went to Dallas at #26 after the Stars traded to move up three places. Two picks later, Bowers, the Halifax native who played for USHL Waterloo the past two seasons, was selected by Ottawa. The Senators reportedly also had been interested in the Terrier goalie.

Oettinger was preceded one spot in the draft by St. Cloud sophomore Ryan Poehling, who grew up two blocks from Oettinger in Lakeville, Minnesota.
● report
● Dallas News Stars select Oettinger
● Ottawa Citizen Senators take Bowers
Boston Hockey Blog draft preview 

Rounds 2-7 of the draft will be held on Saturday.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Draft Day

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft begins today in Chicago. Current or future Terriers were ranked by NHL Central Scouting: Among North American skaters:   Shane Bowers (16, photo), David Farrance (46), Cameron Crotty (89), Kasper Kotkansalo (92), 2018 recruit Ryan O’Connell (208) and Logan Cockerill (214).

Jake Oettinger is the top ranked North American goalie prospect. He spoke with USCHO’s Jim Connelly summing up his draft expectations: “Whatever happens, happens.”

● College Hockey Inc.  2017 NHL Draft Guide (pdf)
● The Draft Analyst Player Profiles with video: Bowers, Farrance
● Buffalo News: Farrance

Tickets for Red Hot Hockey go on sale to the public at Noon E.T. today. The November 25 contest at New York's Madison Square Garden is the sixth edition of the series matching BU with Cornell. The long-time rivals will be competing for the Kelley-Harkness Cup, named for legendary coaches at each school.  BU has won three times (2007, 2011, 2013) and tied twice (2009, 2015)

● report
● Ticket Information

Looking back
2016-17 captain Doyle Somerby and Matt Lane (photo) are the latest additions to the Terrier roster for the 3rd Annual Comm Ave. Charity Classic, set for July 14 at Walter Brown Arena.

Current and former NHL/AHL players from BU and BC face off in this alumni game. All proceeds benefit Compassionate Care ALS and The TravisRoy Foundation in memory of Dick Kelly, Coach Jim Cotter, Ron Perryman and Richard Armstrong and in honor of Pete Frates and Travis Roy. Since its inception in 2015, the Comm Ave Charity Classic has raised more than $100,000 for ALS and the Travis Roy Foundation.

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.
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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.”

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