Here is the link to tonight’s live blog to BU vs the US U-18 Team.
The Albie O’Connell era begins tonight for men’s hockey as the Terriers take on the Axemen fro Acadia University in an exhibition matchup. Follow along here with our live blog.
Earlier this week, the Boston University men’s hockey team became the sixth college program to land a ’04 recruit. That player is Bridgewater, New Jersey native Devin Kaplan.
Kaplan is described as a right shot power forward who shows great effort on both ends of the ice.
Last season he put up 39 points in 31 games in Bantam Majors for the New Jersey Avalanche. He is expected to join 2021 recruit Jeremey Wilmer on the 16U team for the Avalanche.
Excited to announce my commitment to play Division 1 hockey at Boston University. I would to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates that helped me get to this point. #goterriers
— Devin Kaplan (@devin_kaplan) August 30, 2018
Per ESPN’s John Buccigross, Brady Tkachuk will sign a pro contract with the Ottawa Senators and leave Boston University after one season. The Senators drafted him fourth overall in the 2018 draft.
In his lone season with the Terriers, Tkachuk was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and was named the Hockey East Performer of the week two times. He was named the Hockey East Rookie of the Week one time. He also helped Team USA to a Bronze Medal in the IIHF World Junior Championship.
The St. Louis native played in all 40 games while putting up 31 points and led the team in assists with 23.
Brady Tkachuk, son of Keith, has informed Boston University Head Coach Albie O'Connell of his intentions to sign a pro contract. pic.twitter.com/3VziMjCin8
— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) August 11, 2018
A previous version of this article stated that Tkachuk had 31 assists when in fact he had 23 assists. It has since been updated to reflect these changes
This week, the Boston University men’s hockey team received commitments from ’03 forward Danny Zhiklin and ’03 defenseman Roman Schmidt.
Schmidt is a 6-foot-4-inch defenseman who plays a pro-style game. Neutral Zone has him graded 4.75 out of five stars.
— Schmitty#27 (@27Schmitty) August 3, 2018
Zhiklin is tall and has a powerful stride. The Ontario native is expected to be a highly sought after OHL draft prospect. The Toronto Marlboros product won the 2018 Jr. Chowder Cup MVP while playing for Maroon Hockey.
— Danny Zhilkin (@ZhilkinDanny) August 2, 2018
Defenseman Dom Fensore has committed to Boston University after decommitting from Quinnipiac University earlier this week. He is expected to join the Terriers for the 2019 season.
Honored to announce my commitment to play college hockey at Boston University. Thank you to everyone who has helped me along the way. #Terriers
— Dom Fensore (@DomFensore) July 27, 2018
The NDTP defenseman has been described as a puck-moving offensive defenseman and is one of the top 01 defensemen in the country. He is the first major recruiting victory since head coach Albie O’Connell took over for New York Rangers head coach David Quinn.
The Thornwood, New York native has been praised for his skating ability and his footwork.
One cause for concern about Fensore is his size. However, he has managed to turn his frame into an advantage.
He is the latest commit from the U.S National Under-17 team for BU that currently includes defensemen Alex Vlasic, Case McCarthy and forward Travis Zegras.
Thursday the NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a proposal that allows each conference to utilize one or two different formats after a 5-0n-5 overtime period.
After the 5-0n-5 overtime period, conferences may allow for either a five-minute, three-on-three overtime period and a shootout or just a shootout to award additional conference points.
This will not happen in non-conference games as those games will just end in a tie at the conclusion of the overtime. In the case of regular season tournaments, a 20-minute sudden death period can be played for overtime, instead of the traditional five-minute overtime period. These tournaments can use the three-on-three and shootout or the standalone shootout format.
Other rule changes were also approved which can be found here.
Forward Hank Crone will not be returning to the Boston University men’s hockey team. The Cedar Hill, Texas native had 12 points in 35 games with the Terriers. Crone will transfer to the University of Denver for the 2019-20 season.
In addition to graduate transfer D Les Lancaster coming over from Mercyhurst College, the Denver Pioneers have landed F Hank Crone from Boston University for 2019-20. Crone will play for @FargoForce of @USHL next season. Story to come about transfers and new DU assistant coach
— Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) July 3, 2018
Crone will rejoin the Fargo Force of the USHL next season. Prior to the Terriers, Crone had 99 points in 106 games for the Force. He finished tied for third in the USHL while playing for the Force during the 2016-17 season with 62 points.
Now that the NHL draft is over with, now comes time for NHL development camps. Below you will find the list of Terriers who are in the camps.
Defenseman Brandon Hickey
Graduate transfer forward Max Willman
Junior defenseman Chad Krys
Freshman forward Jake Wise
Sophomore forward Shane Bowers
Sophomore goaltender Jake Oettinger
Detroit Red Wings
Sophomore defenseman Kasper Kotkansalo
Junior defenseman Dante Fabbro
Junior forward Patrick Harper
Sophomore defenseman David Farrance
New Jersey Devils
Senior forward Bobo Carpenter
New York Islanders
Senior forward Bobo Carpenter
Forward Kieffer Bellows
Sophomore forward Logan Cockerill
Sophomore forward Brady Tkachuk
Freshman forward Joel Farabee
Freshman forward Jack DeBoer
Recruit forward Liam Gorman
St. Louis Blues
Sophomore forward Ty Amonte
Toronto Maple Leafs
Forward J.J Piccich
New York Rangers
Forward Drew Melanson
The complete list can be found here.