Another New England native commits to BU

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

Sam Kurker, a right winger/center ready to start his senior year at St. John’s Prep, has verbally committed to Boston University, fulfilling what he called a childhood dream of being a Terrier. The Salem News broke the story last night.

A Reading native, Kurker has been in touch with BU coaches since the Select 16s camp last summer, but his arrival on campus may not be for some time. He will suit up for the Terriers starting in the fall of 2012 or 2013, depending on whether or not he plays a year of junior hockey after high school.


f Kurker joins the Terriers in 2012, he will join just defenseman Marc Hetnik (Chestnut Hill) as a local recruit. However, should Kurker come to BU in 2013, he will join right winger

Robbie Baillargeon (Enfield, Conn.), forward Danny O’Regan (Needham), and forward Brendan Collier and defenseman Matt


(Charlestown) as New England-native recruits.

In the meantime, he will captain St. John’s 2011-12 team as he looks to build on a junior season during which he set career highs in goals (20) and assists (17).

Four new Terriers to suit up for 2011-12 men’s hockey team

By Arielle Aronson/DFP staff

The Boston University men’s ice hockey team officially announced the arrival of four new players when it released its 2011-12 roster on Wednesday.

As expected, the Class of 2015 will include forwards Cason Hohmann and Evan Rodrigues as well as defenseman Alexx Privitera.

A fourth Terrier, goaltender Anthony Moccia, may be a new face on the roster, but he is not a new face at Agganis. The Medford, Mass. native was a practice goalie for the Terriers last season and will start the year in former Terrier Adam Kraus’s spot as a third goalie.

Coach Jack Parker singled out Privitera in the press release as “a big get for our program.” The 18-year-old blue-liner is a former member of the United States National Development program and last played in the United States Hockey League for the Muskegon Lumberjacks, where he finished fourth among league defensemen in scoring with 34 points. Parker compared Privitera’s style of play as similar to that of former Terrier David Warsofsky, but at 5-foot-11, 195-pounds, Privitera is an upgrade size-wise.

Hohmann, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound center, also spent time with the U.S. national team before joining the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the USHL. The 18-year-old seemed strong at both ends of the ice as he finished third on his team in points in 2010-11 (22-33-55) and tied for the team lead with a plus-19 rating.

“Cason’s a center iceman who simply makes his wings better with his great vision,” Parker said. “He moves the puck at the right time and can also create for himself.”

Rodrigues is the only new addition who hails from Canada. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound forward out of Etobicoke, Ontario last played for the Georgetown Raiders of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. Rodrigues spent two seasons with Georgetown, notching 105 points (41g, 64a) in 93 games.

“Evan is a pure sniper,” Parker said. “He’s shown the ability to score every time we’ve seen him play and is very dangerous from the dots in. He’s solid all-around as well.”

The full press release can be found at

Number assignments for freshmen/changes for returnees:
1 Anthony Moccia
4 Patrick MacGregor (used to wear 11)
5 Adam Clendening (used to wear 4)
6 Alexx Privitera
23 Cason Hohmann
26 Evan Rodrigues

Adam Erne decommits to join Quebec

By Tim Healey/DFP Staff

Adam Erne, a 16-year-old forward, has decommitted from Boston University in favor of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, according to The news comes just over a year after Erne originally said he would come to BU in the fall of 2013.

The North Branford, Conn. native previously claimed

BU is a school he always wanted to play for, but after being drafted in the second round (22nd overall) of the QMJHL’s draft and having his rights traded to Quebec, he changed his tune.

He racked up

10 goals, 8 assists and a minus-18 rating in 45 games this past season for the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League.

Erne is the second player this summer to decommit from BU, following in the footsteps of defenseman Anthony DeAngelo, who in July decided to join the Ontario Hockey League’s Sarnia Sting.