BU officially announces 2010 recruiting class

By Sam Dykstra/DFP Staff

The Boston University men’s hockey team has officially announced its freshman class for the 2010-11 season, and believe it or not, there was at least one surprise.

As expected, forward and first-round NHL draft pick Charlie Coyle headlines the eight-man group. US National Under-18 team members Adam Clandening and Matt Nieto also come as no surprise along with forward Sahir Gill and defensemen Patrick MacGregor and Garrett Noonan.

The class also includes forward Yassin Cisse, whose arrival on Commonwealth Ave. was up in the air following a season in which he played just 18 games due to a torn ankle tendon. But The Daily Free Press reported on June 16 that BU coach Jack Parker expected Cisse to come this season, and the official announcement by the BU Athletic Department solidifies his spot on the roster for the upcoming season.

The biggest surprise came from unheard-of recruit Matt Ronan, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound forward out of Woburn, Mass. The local kid’s name had seemingly never been mentioned as a possibility for the Terriers’ 2010-11 roster but yet here he is. Ronan recorded 12 points for the Valley Jr. Warriors of the EJHL last year. He actually comes from a line of past Terriers; his older brother, Dan, played for the 1996 and 1997 Frozen Four teams, and his cousin, Ed, also played for two Frozen Four teams in 1990 and 1991 before winning a Stanley Cup for Montreal in 1993.

The full release, which includes quotes on each player from Parker, can be found at GoTerriers.com.

Here are the number assignments for each of the upcoming freshmen:
3 Charlie Coyle
4 Adam Clandening
11 Patrick MacGregor
13 Garrett Noonan
17 Matt Nieto
20 Matt Ronan
27 Yasin Cisse
28 Sahir Gill

W. hockey officially announces 2010 recruiting class

By Annie Maroon/DFP Staff

Though Olympic hero Marie-Philip Poulin will be the biggest name taking the ice for the Boston University women’s hockey team this year, the Terriers’ nine other recruits bring a variety of talents and achievements to the team as well.

Most of the newcomers are freshmen, but the Terriers will also welcome junior forward Jenn Wakefield, a transfer student from rival University of New Hampshire. Wakefield led Hockey East in goals during the 2008-09 season with 32 and was a finalist that year for the Patty Kazmaier Memorial Award, given yearly to the best player in women’s college hockey.

Another veteran presence in the locker room will be defenseman Catherine Ward, a graduate student who played on the Canadian Olympic team this past February with Poulin. Ward played three years at McGill University, where she won two championships and set a Quebec Student Sport Federation record for points by a defenseman with 25.

Freshmen Anya Battaglino, Caroline Campbell and Kaleigh Fratkin will join Ward on the blue line. Two new goaltenders, Kerrin Sperry and Braly Hiller, will make the transition from Massachusetts prep schools to competing with returning sophomore Alissa Fromkin for the starting job at BU.

The new group of forwards includes Poulin, Wakefield, Meghan Riggs and Louise Warren. The Terriers, who made their first appearance in the NCAA tournament last year, lost a number of key players to graduation – including top scorer Melissa Anderson and starting goalie Melissa Haber – but this year’s team has a number of promising additions to keep them in contention.

From the FreeP: Parker recovering after July heart surgery

By Sam Dykstra/DFP Staff

Boston University men’s hockey coach Jack Parker is in recovery mode after undergoing heart bypass surgery July 23.

The 65-year-old Parker, who will be entering his 38th season behind the bench when the Terriers hit the ice in October, is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement released by the BU Athletic Department.

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