35 fun facts to get you ready for the season

While reading through this year’s media guide, I decided to compile a list of some interesting facts that the average fan may not know.

1) The Terriers have more players from New York (5) than any other state.

2) Jack Parker has coached in more NCAA tournaments (23) than any other coach.

3) Of the 29 schools that he has coached at least 10 games against, Parker has a losing record against just four of them –– Minnesota (8-10-2), North Dakota (7-11-1), Michigan (7-8) and Northern Michigan (3-6-1).

4) No current Terrier has recorded a collegiate hat trick.

5) Nick Bonino has come the closest, recording two goals on six occasions (the last on 3/6/09 at Providence).

6) Bonino needs 21 points to become the 77th player in program history to reach 100 career points.

7) Fourteen Terriers have been drafted by NHL teams. They are: Kevin Shattenkirk, Nick Bonino, Eric Gryba, Colby Cohen, Andrew Glass, Kieran Millan, Grant Rollheiser, Vinny Saponari, Corey Trivino, David Warsofsky, Alex Chiasson, Justin Courtnall, Wade Megan and Max Nicastro.

8) Justin Courtnall’s father, Geoff, played 17 seasons in the NHL and his uncle, Russ, played 16 seasons.

9) With a capacity of 8,373, UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center is the largest arena in Hockey East.

10) Merrimack’s J. Thom Lawler Arena is the smallest with a capacity of 3,000.

11) The Terriers will be spending six nights in hotels during the regular season ­­–– Nov. 7 in Bangor, Maine; Nov. 27 and 28 in New York City; and Feb. 25, 26 and 27 in Burlington, Vt.

12) Before Brad Thiessen of Northeastern won it last year, the Hockey East Player of the Year Award had gone to a player from BU, BC or UNH for 14 straight seasons.

13) The Hockey East Championship has been won by BU, BC, UNH or Maine for each of the last 13 seasons (Providence won in 1996).

14) The Terriers lose six of their top seven scorers from last season (Bonino was second), but return their top four plus/minus guys –– Bonino (+29), Shattenkirk (+28), Warsofsky (+26) and C. Cohen (+24).

15) The Terriers were 9-0-0 on neutral ice last season. They play four regular-season games on neutral ice this season.

16) The Terriers were 25-0-0 when leading after two periods last season.

17) The only two Terriers to ever wear a number above 40 are Jason Tapp (#83 from 1998-2002) and Matt Gilroy (#97 from 2005-09).

18) The Terriers have had three first-team All-Americans in the same season on three occasions –– 1950 (Walt Anderson, Ralph Bevins and Jack Garrity), 1958 (Bob Dupuis, Don MacLeod and Bob Marquis) and 1972 (Dan Brady, Bob Brown and John Danby).

19) Rick Meagher is the only Terrier to be named a first-team All-American three times (1975, 1976 and 1977).

20) The Terriers have had two top-10 Hobey Baker finalists in the same season twice –– 1996 (Jay Pandolfo and Chris Drury) and 2009 (Matt Gilroy and Colin Wilson).

21) Drury is the only Terrier to make the Hobey top 10 more than once (top 10 in 1996, runner-up in 1997, winner in 1998).

22) Drury is the only Terrier to record 100 career goals (113).

23) Five Terriers have recorded 200 career points –– John Cullen (241), David Sacco (217), Chris Drury (214), Rick Meagher (210) and Mike Eruzione (208).

24) Kevin Shattenkirk is the first junior captain of the Terriers since Jack O’Callahan in 1977-78.

25) O’Callahan is the only player in Terrier history to serve as captain for two seasons.

26) Two Terrier goalies have made more than 1,000 saves in a season –– Sean Fields (1035 in 2002-03) and Scott Cashman (1027 in 1989-90).

27) Fields (2000-04) holds Terrier records for saves in a season (1035), saves in a career (3055), minutes in a season (2435:16), minutes in a career (7308:13), games played in a season (40), games played in a career (123) and wins in a career (62).

28) Ryan Whitney led the 2003-04 Terriers with 25 points, the fewest by a Terrier team leader in the last 45 years.

29) Eric Gryba needs 52 penalty minutes this season to break Freddy Meyer’s all-time Terrier record.

30) The Terriers have not been shut out since being blanked by UMass-Lowell in a 0-0 tie on Feb. 2, 2007.

31) The Terriers have faced Michigan nine times in the NCAA Tournament, more than any other school. They are 5-4 in those meetings.

32) The 1992 US Olympic team featured a program-record six Terriers –– Clark Donatelli, Scott Lachance, Shawn McEachern, Joe Sacco, Keith Tkachuk and Scott Young.

33) Keith Tkachuk has appeared in more Olympiads (4) than any other Terrier.

34) Tkachuk needs 16 points to become the first Terrier to record 1,000 career NHL points.

35) The Terriers have had four players drafted in the top 10 of the NHL Draft –– Rick DiPietro (#1 in 2000), Scott Lachance (#4 in 1991), Ryan Whitney (#5 in 2002) and Colin Wilson (#7 in 2008).